Michael Hutchence died here. Bill Clinton and George Bush Senior stayed here. Elton John played the lobby piano here. Now, one of Sydney's grandest hotels (with quite the rambunctious history) is still one of the city's glitziest spots. After dwindling into disrepair, the former Ritz Carlton swept away the cobwebs and reopened as the Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay on in November 2015.
One of the most talked about bits of the hotel? Aside from the hotel's own dedicated gin bar, Stillery, it was that outrageous jaw-dropper of a rooftop pool. Boasting sweeping panoramic views over Sydney Harbour and Double Bay, The Rooftop poolside bar is open officially open to both hotel guests and visitors again this summer (after a winter guest-only period), welcoming a new season from Saturday, October 1.
Think blue and white striped cabana lounges and plenty of ostentatious cocktails ready for your diamond-encrusted paws. Winter's officially done.
Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay's The Rooftop is open to both hotel guests and the public from Saturday, October 1. You'll find it up top at 33 Cross Street, Double Bay, with hotel bookings available from here.