Since its establishment in 1875, Sorrento’s former Hotel Continental on the Mornington Peninsula has been beloved by holiday makers and locals from across Victoria. Lively and glamourous, a stay at the Continental has always been time spent in the town’s social heart – with music, dancing, and the best service the coast had to offer.
In 1875, the performer, politician and entrepreneur realised his vision to bring a taste of Europe to Sorrento, making the seaside town a popular holiday resort. Over a century later, Coppin’s dream has been brought to life again, with the reimagined Continental.
The actors famously portrayed the stage character Billy Barlow and performed his popular folk-songs to much acclaim. This daring persona is a source of inspiration for our speakeasy bar and live entertainment venue Barlow.
Woods Bagot, the lead designer on its architectural restoration, brings a sense of modern nostalgia to The Continental – an emotional connection to the icon’s past, present and imminent reconnection with Sorrento’s beachside sophistication as well as a commitment to restore European glamour and luxury to the Mornington Peninsula.
Through the times
Said to be the largest limestone structure in the Southern Hemisphere, the Continental has been the most iconic building in Sorrento, if not the entire Mornington Peninsula since it was first completed. Explore its Italianate origins, the ballroom addition in the early 20th century, the Moderne extension in the 1930s, and more.