Revamped penthouse off with a bang
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.