All aboard the ferry, Summer is coming in hot at The Conti.
Standing proud atop Constitution Hill, the Hotel Continental has been a cornerstone of Sorrento’s dining and entertainment precinct since 1875. While it’s certainly been a while between cocktails, this summer will see the return of the iconic ‘Conti’.
Publican Craig Shearer (of the Terminus Fitzroy North) has been working on the multimillion-dollar redevelopment of this beloved 145-year-old heritage-listed seaside hotel for some time now, and after a series of delays in approvals, the famed hotel is now slated to open in stages from summer 2021 to June 2022.
The key takeaways
- The Continental Sorrento (AKA the Conti) is set to reopen in December 2021.
- The new venue will include a brand-new restaurant by restauranteur Scott Pickett
- There will also be a 108-room hotel from the InterContinental hotel group
Opening in December with a new name, a new signature restaurant, 108 restored hotel rooms and a ballroom, it’s an understatement to say that summer is well and truly looking up.
Now going by the name ‘The Continental Sorrento’, the late-night venue will have 13 dining and drinking spaces (yes, really!), including a public bar, a huge beer garden, dance floor, rooftop deck, pool, and signature restaurant, Audrey’s, spearheaded by celebrated chef-restaurateur Scott Pickett (Longrain, Chancery Lane and Le Shoppe). Named after Pickett’s grandma, who he says inspired him to cook, Audrey’s will showcase everything from pub classics to more formal degustation menus.
If that wasn’t enough, the redeveloped Conti will include a luxury 108-room hotel known as the InterContinental Resort Hotel. With some rooms boasting ocean views, 24-hour in-room dining, a wellness centre, an outdoor pool and a gym, this will be an ideal spot for a weekend summer getaway.
The Continental Sorrento is slated to open in summer 2021.
Find out more information here.