IHG Group are hoping to reignite the glamour and romance of Hotel Continental, a Mornington Peninsula icon, when the property reopens later this year as the new InterContinental Sorrento.
Bringing the InterContinental brand to Victoria’s coastal strip will completely transform the 145-year-old heritage-listed limestone building, which has been operating as the Hotel Continental since it was first opened by actor and businessman George Coppin – Victoria’s ‘Father of the Theatre’ – in 1875.
InterContinental Sorrento is now on track to open doors in November this year, just in time for the seaside resort to shine in the 21/22 summer season and reinstall the building’s status as one of the state’s most highly sought luxury hotels.
The ‘Conti – as it’s known to locals – went through an extensive restoration program last April when it was acquired by The Trenerry Consortium (The Kanat Group, Victor Smorgon Group, and Trenerry Property), resulting in 106 lavishly appointed and generously spaced guestrooms.
In addition, there’s now enough scope to include a new signature restaurant – the high-profile chef of which is yet to be announced – as well as five other dining and bar outlets.
Other hotel amenities at the InterContinental Sorrento will include a massive wellness centre with a luxury bathhouse, outdoor pool, and gym, and three function & event spaces, including the Conti’s original grand ballroom.
Given that the InterContinental brand is responsible for some of the best luxury hotels in Australia, which includes the InterContinental Sydney and InterContinental Sanctuary Cove, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see this new Sorrento expression shoot up to the top of the lists when it comes to Victoria’s quintessential summer staycations.
More details should be revealed for the InterContinental Sorrento as November edges closer, but for now we’re hoping that the restoration will do justice to what has easily been one of the state’s most emblematic accommodations – a seaside resort so idyllic that it gave birth to the steamboat ferry system that was the first attempt at connecting Sorrento to the rest of Australia.