InterContinental expands to regional Victoria

Reimagined Hotel Continental to be flagged under IHG Hotels & Resorts luxury arm

IHG Hotels & Resorts is expanding its footprint in Australia, confirming an eighth property will launch in the country on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula later this year.

The hotelier has signed a management contract to operate the Hotel Continental in Sorrento which is undergoing redevelopment on the state’s coastal strip.

Hotel Continental will have a new, luxurious lease on life when the InterContinental Sorrento opens in November 2021.

Following a sensitive, state-of-the-art restoration by the Trenerry Consortium, which is owned by Victor Smorgon Group, the Kanat Group and Trenerry Property, InterContinental Sorrento will occupy the accommodation component of the 145-year-old heritage-listed limestone building and will feature 106 guestrooms, many of them with water views.

Continental Hotel, Sorrento circa 2016 | credit: Tourism Victoria

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A high-profile chef partnership will soon be announced for the hotel’s signature restaurant, with the property also home to five other dining and bar outlets.

Abhijay Sandilya, IHG’s Vice President, Development – Australasia, Japan & Pacific, said: “With regional tourism in places such as the Mornington Peninsula benefiting from pent-up traveller demand due to COVID-19, the hotel is in a sweet spot to capitalise on this influx of travellers, and with very few luxury hotel offerings in the area, InterContinental Sorrento will be a welcome addition to the region and a treasured addition to the IHG network.”

Sorrento Long Pier, Mornington Peninsula | credit: Tourism Victoria

Peter Edwards from Victor Smorgon Group, said: “We are confident that bringing the world’s largest luxury hotel brand to a destination like Sorrento will attract attention from both domestic and international travellers to the region, and we are excited to see the Hotel Continental enter an exciting new era.

“Collectively we have a passion and vision for the hotel to be completely revitalised and returned to its former glory as one of the country’s most loved hotels and we’re excited to be embarking on this project with the team at IHG.”

Fishing boats, Sorrento | credit: Tourism Victoria

Hotel Continental first opened in 1875 by George Coppin, who was regarded as the “Father of the Theatre” in Victoria. Coppin’s vision was to create a tourism and cultural heart for the Peninsula where Melburnians and tourists could enjoy a premium seaside resort only a few hours from the city.

When InterContinental Sorrento opens in time for summer 2021/22, the beachside glitz, glamour and sophistication of yesteryear will return and once again, the hotel will be one of the state’s most captivating and in-demand luxury hotels.

InterContinental Sorrento will be the 10th InterContinental Hotel in Australasia and will join sister properties in Sydney’s CBD and Double Bay, Hayman Island, Perth, Sanctuary Cove, Melbourne, Adelaide, Wellington in New Zealand and Fiji.

Lead image: Artist impression of the redeveloped InterContinental Sorrento, opening in November 2021

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