Re­vamped pen­t­house off with a bang

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - BUSINESS -

THE paint was still dry­ing but that didn’t stop the cham­pagne flow­ing at the very first func­tion held in the Is­land Ho­tel’s re­vamped pen­t­house.

The Surfers Par­adise func­tion room hosted about 150 guests at 13 ta­bles for Mel­bourne Cup lunch, with flaw­less tele­vi­sion surf star Liz Can­tor as MC.

The retro-but-fresh decor, city views and bal­cony bar drew much praise from the pun­ters. But for some it wasn’t their first visit to the top level, pre­vi­ously be­long­ing to Mayor Tom Tate and wife Ruth.

It once also be­longed to the fa­ther of Coast hos­pi­tal­ity guru Peter Gra­ham.

We were told it used to host highly exclusive par­ties, where the lights were low and drinks were served from a gothic bar.

The lat­est ver­sion of the pen­t­house holds on to some retro styling, with wood pan­elled walls and pressed metal ceil­ings but the best view in the house is from the ladies’ bath­room, where gold-framed spher­i­cal mir­rors are in front of floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows look­ing over Surfers Par­adise.

Bris­bane-based night­club owner Lou Bickle bought the re­sort — for­merly known as The Is­lan­der — from Cr Tate for $26.5 mil­lion in 2015.

Per­form­ers at the pen­t­house.

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