IHG to reopen Sydney’s Double Bay hotel

IHG announced on Tuesday that it signed a management agreement with Royal Hotels for the former Ritz Carlton Double Bay, which will reopen as the 140-room InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in January 2014.

The hotel, built in 1991, became the Stanford in 2001 before closing in 2009. IHG, Denham, England, said that Royal Hotels, Singapore, will undertake a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of all guest rooms and public areas of the hotel and has appointed architectural firm Bates Smart to assist with this.

Facilities will include a ballroom for up to 300 guests, meeting space, an all-day dining restaurant, Club InterContinental, café, lounge and bar, rooftop pool and bar and underground parking. Underneath the hotel, a ground floor arcade will be developed and is anticipated to include a health club or day spa as well as retail space.

“The signing of InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is a significant development for the InterContinental brand in Australia. The site at 33 Cross Street has long awaited the arrival of a new luxury hotel for Sydneysiders and visitors,” said Jan Smits, IHG’s Asia, Middle East and Africa CEO.