QT Sydney

QT Sydney

*****

Sexy, sassy and stylish, QT Sydney boutique hotel has her party shoes on and is ready to dance. This super-central design diva is carved out of the historic State Theatre and Gowings department store buildings, blending Gothic, art deco and Italianate architecture with quirky-but-cool interiors. Door gals dressed in saucy uniforms, buzzy drinking and dining, and a hip day spa? We're smitten.

Highlights:

  • Stylish, quirky modern design in glam rooms and buzzy bars and restaurants

  • Hard-to-beat location slap-bang in central Sydney, handy for accessing all areas

  • Cool details including sexy staff uniforms, creative minibars and a barber's in hip SpaQ

Smith extra

Use of the hammam at SpaQ, plus free late check-out until 12pm

In the know

Also need to know:

Once you've booked in, the QT Sydney Concierge iPhone app hooks you up with all the info you need to plan your stay, from the skinny on the hotel and SpaQ treats to local retail therapy and hot bars and restaurants.Simply book a time slot in stylish SpaQ and 'fresh picked' treatments are honed around your mood on the day (we love the hammam and ice-room). Gents can go grooming crazy at the old-school barber's (complete with antique US chairs), where wet shaves and facials leave you sleek as a seal (choose between Mr Bond or the Don).

Packing tips:

Bring snappy sartorial statements to fit in with the party-ready, hipster crowd here. Even the door chicks are ultra-glam, with red bobbed wigs and sexy, burlesquey black outfits, so dress to impress.

Dress code:

Street-chic for Parlour Lane Roasters by day, seductive for Gowings Bar & Grill by night, sexy for DJ sessions at the Gilt Lounge in the small hours.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

You realise that QT Sydney is different the second you reach the door. Instead of the awkward, fresh-out-of-hospitality-school kids in oversized trousers and jackets curiously devoid of collars, a striking belle mans the portals. Clad in a customised leather tunic-coat, lace-panelled leggings and a fierce red bob, she greets me with energy and a smile.

These unmissable redheads are dubbed the ‘Directors of Chaos’, and while that is supremely fanciful, it’s certainly a statement that the QT hotel is not your average, run-of-the-mill five-star. In the corporate world some might call them ‘Dir

Accommodation details

Address:

49 Market Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Sydney
Australia

Location:

0.3 mi / 0.4 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Spa
  • Complimentary in-room coffee or tea
  • Concierge desk
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

Helmed by chef Paul Easson under the creative direction of Sydney restaurateur Robert Marchetti, Gowings Bar & Grill is an edgy, European-style all-day brasserie, which lures diners with its fresh Australian produce (sourced from artisan providores), so-now culinary techniques (we're talking wood-fired rotisseries and ovens) and smart list of up-and-coming wines. Swing by for breakfast, lunch or dinner (bookings essential), with star dishes spanning New York sirloin on the bone, hand-dived wild scallops and whole line-caught rock flathead. Interiors work an elegant, retro-modern look, with private dining spaces on the mezzanine for gang get-togethers.

Top table:

By the windows or open kitchen at Gowings for sociable soirees.

Last orders:

Parlour Lane Roasters pours coffee until 8.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 5pm Sundays. At Gowings, dinner is served from 6pm to 11pm. Gilt Lounge dishes drinks from 6pm until midnight Monday to Wednesday, and until 2am Thursday to Saturday (closed Sundays).

Room service:

You can order room service 24 hours a day, with dishes adapted from the restaurant and a late-night menu for party animals. Minibars are stocked with stylish treats, including sweets, crisps, wine, DIY Martini kits, tea and Nespresso coffee pods.

Hotel bar:

Need a caffeine fix? Parlour Lane Roasters café, perched by the Market Street entrance of the QT, is your go-to spot for barista-poured coffee by day or aperitivos come evening, including a fine line in naughty Negronis. Night owls should flutter to the Gilt Lounge upstairs, a drinking den for the beautiful people. Shrouded in how-very-dare-you scarlet curtains with a heady mix of retro furniture and colour-clash rugs, this cheeky little number is a must for vintage and modern cocktails – does a girl (or guy) order the Millionaire 1 or the Widow's Kiss? It's your call. Spot-on DJ tunes help the medicine go down. There's also an honesty bar in the lobby lounge for drinks or snacks on the go.

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