Where gossips gathered: Cat's Alley at the Hydro Majestic. Photo: Brigitte Grant Photography
Four years after its first planned reopening as part of a $50 million redevelopment, the Hydro Majestic Hotel's restaurants have started opening to the public.
The Wintergarden is the first to kick off, with high tea events from later this week. The Boiler House restaurant is scheduled to follow, opening early November.
Designer Peter Reeves, who has overseen the Majestic's renovation, has transformed the hotel's much-loved corridor into part of another eatery, Salon Du The. "I was inspired by those grand Russian passenger trains from the late 1800s. The design also touches on the British fascination with China and the East," Reeves says.
Cat's Alley is the corridor where the hotel's gossips would comment on the men as they made their way out of the billiards room. "They'd have something to say on what they were wearing, and who they were leaving with," he says. Salon Du The, not to be confused with Darlinghurst's similarly-named Salon de The, will feature tapas-style dishes and a cocktail menu.
Sleeping off a big meal on the premises will take a little longer. A spokeswoman for the iconic Medlow Bath hotel says its first overnight guests will bunk down on December 23.