HOTEL REVIEW: QT Sydney, Australia

Photography by Lara Antonelli-Leorke.

Looking for an inner-city rendezvous for your holiday in Sydney, Australia? Want a show-stopping, ‘bright lights’ kind of hotel with a modern-retro feel, coupled with eclectic fancies that isn’t run of the mill? Then give a round of applause to the QT Sydney, a hotel that is housed within the blended Gothic and Art Deco architecture of the State Theatre and Gowing buildings on Market Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. With its entrance right next door to that of the State Theatre, complete with Hollywood light globes and a decadent reflective black exterior, the subtle QT sign that hangs above the entrance is almost secretive, as though only ‘those in the know’ will be able to enter the hotel – it’s your own little secret. With porters dressed like they stepped off the Cabaret stage, who usher you into multi-media elevators that hint of the Standard New York’s infamous ones, the QT’s extravagant lifts come complete with personalised music depending on the weight of the carriage. You’ll understand once you step inside, it’s a very cool surprise. And that is just the beginning of the pleasant surprises awaiting you and your bae inside the QT Sydney. The guest foyer is sumptuously littered with artwork, plush sofas, houndstooth rugs and a wall of 1950’s style trunks, which we would love to swap for our gaudy, multi-wheel function luggage. There is something so romantic about antique luggage that has stood the test of time…

Apart from our early check-in request not being noted (check-in is at 2pm) our room exceeded expectation. Forget the traditional champagne on arrival, the QT Sydney offers you complimentary Espresso Martinis, that come by way of a bottle of Belvedere Vodka, Patron Coffee Tequila, two sturdy martini glasses and a shiny cocktail mixer with the note ‘Bottoms Up’ hanging from it’s lid. It’s like Alice in Wonderland for 21st century grown-ups. Not to mention the ‘Welcome’ and ‘Our Pleasure’ notes left beside a decadent slate of chocolate truffles scattered with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Pleasure indeed!

The rooms have sky-high ceilings with king sized beds that you need to launch yourself onto as they sit so aloft, which is thoroughly enjoyable. Large mirrors are in fact secret openings to the bathroom where you can peak in on your other half, who will no doubt be soaking in the over-sized tub or enjoying the walk-in shower with rainfall shower head. Wooden floorboards, large windows, a well-stocked minibar, lush bathrobes and dark colour palette throughout make this a very seductive hotel suite, one that you would be happy to cosy up in as you watch the buzz of Sydney below. The only downside would have to be that there is no luxurious bubble bath liquid or salts on offer for your soak in the tub, or body lotion to lather on afterwards. But there is shampoo, conditioner and body wash by Malin + Goetz (a now very popular New York label stocked at Mecca Cosmetica in Australia). There is a spa at the hotel, but make sure you book well in advance (before your stay even) as we were unable to get into the spa at all (our stay was 3 days), so check ahead.

You can even enjoy dinner or a cocktail (after your Espresso Martini, of course!) at the hotel’s Gowing Bar + Grill restaurant. A very trendy European brasserie inspired establishment – we would highly recommend the pork belly and mac and cheese with black truffle. Not the lightest of options, but you’re on your holiday – it’s time to indulge!

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