InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) signed a management agreement with Singapore-based Royal Hotels for the 140-room property at Double Bay in Sydney, Australia.
Royal Hotels will undertake a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel, after which it will reopen as InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in January 2014. Purpose-built in 1991 as the Ritz Carlton Double Bay, the hotel became the Stamford in 2001, before closing in 2009.
Australian architectural firm Bates Smart was appointed by Royal Hotels to restore the hotel to its former glory. 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.
InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be the fifth InterContinental hotel in Australia, and will join the family of 169 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts around the world.
Another InterContinental Hotels Group property in Sydney, the InterContinental Sydney Hotel