Sydney’s glamorous Double Bay escape
125 Rooms | 15 Suites
Nestled in the upscale Sydney suburb of Double Bay, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is the spot to go once you’ve played tourist and are ready to experience more local living.
Opened in late 2014, the hotel is a bright, airy modern sanctuary decorated in a soft gray palette and bursting with light. You will get a healthy dose of Old World glamour from the Italian marble floors, vast glittering chandeliers and the destination gin bar with a Prohibition-style menu.
But the luxury hotel also meets all the contemporary needs of the modern-day traveler, including in-room necessities like free Wi-Fi and Nespresso machines, plus motion-sensor lighting and curtains that open when you enter the room.
A stay at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is an opportunity to live like a Sydneysider in one of the most covetable locations in the city. With warm village vibes and located a stone’s throw from the water, the hotel is an ideal destination for families, couples and even Sydney residents looking for a perfect staycation spot.
With 140 rooms and suites, the Sydney hotel offers a good range of options, from Classic Rooms (many with balconies) to Bayside Rooms (with picturesque views of the bay) to suites with access to the Club InterContinental lounge.
The light, airy gray theme continues from the hotel’s lobby and halls into the rooms for a high-end, contemporary bayside feel. All accommodations feature plush carpets, spacious marble bathrooms with luxury bath products (Agraria in guest rooms, L’Occitane in suites), and either a bay, village or courtyard view.
If you’re looking to treat yourself, consider the Royal Suite. This one-bedroom suite boasts blond hardwood floors; balconies overlooking Double Bay; elegant lounge, dining and study spaces; four private balconies; plus a butler’s kitchen and spa bath.
The Food and Drinks
From the lobby up, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay provides several prized areas where you can enjoy Australian fare, taste local and international gins, and delight in a sunset session by the pool.
Using fresh, local ingredients, Stockroom restaurant serves modern Australian breakfast and dinner in an intimate setting filled with natural light. The market-style breakfast buffet is a favorite, and the à la carte dinner menu champions fresh produce and homegrown ingredients.
Offering coffee, lunch and high tea by day, Stillery comes alive at night when guests and locals alike gather in the cozy surrounds for an evening tipple. This destination gin bar features more than 100 gins from Australia and around the world. Tip: every Thursday evening, a local favorite, The Pianoman Scot Finnie, takes to the keys for live music.
Rooftop Bar & Lounge caused a stir in Sydney when the hotel first opened. With panoramic views, poolside cocktails and private cabanas, the rooftop is an idyllic sunset location. As a guest, you have exclusive access to the pool and cabanas, so make your way to the top to enjoy a very Sydney experience.
Reserved for suite guests and those who book a Club InterContinental room, the Courtyard is a French provincial-style area that’s home to the hotel’s club lounge. With access, you can enjoy breakfast, afternoon tea and evening drinks in the private lounge and café seating in the internal courtyard.
A stay at this Sydney hotel wouldn’t be complete without a wander through Double Bay. Partnering with the local community, the InterContinental holds a plethora of knowledge of the surrounding village.
Outside the hotel, a district of cafés, restaurants and shops awaits. Learn to appreciate coffee like an Australian, and have the InterContinental arrange a class with Elbon Coffee nearby.
If whiskey is more your speed, ask about tastings organized at the local World of Whiskey. For the kids, let the hotel point you toward Steyne Park or Murray Rose Pool. Hungry? The concierge can direct you to some of Sydney’s best meals, which often come with some of the best views.