Double Bay hotel saved

The Woollahra Council has approved an application by the InterContinental Hotel Group to restore the old Ritz-Carlton/ Stamford Grand hotel in Sydney’s Double Bay into a flagship hotel.

The hotel has been unoccupied for nearly six years but the new owners, Royal Hotels Australia P/L will spend $25 million in refurbishing the hotel.

Two previous development applications had been rejected because they involved the demolition of the hotel and been replaced by buildings that would have blocked views to the city and the Harbour Bridge. Royal Hotels plan to upgrade the lobby, porte cochère, reception, lobby bar, club lounge and other function areas. The application also sought to generally upgrade the exterior facades of the building. As part of this application, the new owners sought to also upgrade the level six roof top pool and gymnasium facilities and provide a new roof top bar.

The hotel has quite a history – it was where Michael Hutchence died in 1997 and Bob Hawke married Blanche D’Alpuget there in 1995.

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