Double Bay, an exclusive waterside suburb in Sydney's eastern suburbs, has always been known for beautiful designer stores, high end jewellers and expensive homeware shops. Not forgetting the much loved cafe strip where you can people watch while sipping on a latte and count the number of luxury cars cruising by. It also has a beautiful luxury 5 star hotel which was once the Ritz Carlton, offering accommodation to royalty and famous celebrities. Over the years it changed hands to the Stamford and just on the 6th November this year it reopened as the InterContinental - Sydney - Double Bay.
The whole hotel has been transformed and given a multi-million dollar makeover. From the moment you walk in on the ground floor your feel the luxury of this 5 star hotel. Your reflection is cast from an ornate gilded mirror, a stunning gold chandelier glints in the foyer and opulent marble flooring provides an instant sense of luxury. You can enter the lifts with gold doors or take the marble winding staircase up to the first floor to Stillery Bar.
A feeling of comfort and luxury emanates from the bar lounge. Soft shades of muted greys, silver and blues are accentuated in the intimate furnishings and table settings. The whole room is set off by high ceilings and arched windows looking out onto the leafy tree lined street.
But the standout in this room would have to be the 7 meter long marble bar housing top shelf spirits, boutique beers and wines. Stillery's main speciality is the 60 different types of local, imported, craft, vintage and rare gin.
The barmen are very friendly and obviously their skills have been perfected with the guidance of Bar Operations Manager Katrina Ford (previously Hugo Lounge, Guillaume) and Head Bar Manager Aaron Gaulke formerly from Hotel Continental and Eau de Vie Bar.
Head Bar Manager Aaron with the popular Gin Cocktail - Cross Street Cover Girl - Image FB
My friend and I wanted to try a cocktail so I went with the popular 'Cross Street Cover Girl' which was made with Martins Gin, pink grapefruit, vanilla and sage. My friend chose 'Summer's the Bees Knees' made with Monkey 47 Gin with pineapple, pink grapefruit and a chunk of honey comb.
We were delighted with our choices and by now we also were feeling a bit peckish. We decided to have a look at the bar snacks offered as we didn't wish to to do full sit down dinner which is offered next door in the stunning Stockroom restaurant.
Our friendly barman also told us that there was a fabulous rooftop pool bar. Open in the morning until dusk for hotel guests or if you weren't a guest you could pay $250 for entrance. I needed to be a bit more cashed up for that visit. With reluctance we had to leave Stillery and move on to see another venue I needed to check out. I will be back again soon to hear some live music and settle in for some more cocktails and who knows, meet a sugar daddy who might take me to the decadent rooftop pool bar!