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$80m facelift for Sorrento’s Continental Hotel

Developer Steller is set to splash $80 million on makeover of Sorrento’s historic Continental Hotel.

The redevelopment is a joint venture between Nicholas Smedley’s Steller group and hotelier Julian Gerner, who also co-owns the Royal Saxon hotel in Richmond and runs Sorrento’s Morgan’s Beach Shack.

The first stage of development at the popular Mornington Peninsula hotel will see the upper level transformed into three function rooms, the middle art deco section become a fine-dining restaurant named 1875 and the ground floor turned into the Coppin’s public bar and bistro.

Work is also underway to construct a luxury 38-room accommodation property, to be finished by September 2019. The project’s second stage will see the remainder of the hotel completed in 2020 with a further 61 rooms, a reception venue, wellness centre, whisky bar and seven-day restaurant called the Constitution Hill Kitchen.

“This is the largest independent development in terms of room numbers, food and beverage and accommodation on the peninsula,” Gerner told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“We’re very proud we’ve been able to restore the hotel to her former glory. We see ourselves as custodians rather than owners.”

Sheridan Randall, 11th October 2018