HOTEL REVIEW : QT Bondi – Sydney, Australia

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Photography by Lara Antonelli-Leorke.

In comparison to its sibling hotels and resorts around Australia, QT Bondi is the quieter, more laid back and modest of the family, pulling heavily on its neighbourhood’s personality and iconic status to satisfy guests’ appetites for the Bondi lifestyle. There is also little fanfare on arrival at QT Bondi; the glitz of other QT hotel lobbies is replaced by a barefoot beach vibe, where graphic and colourful artwork from Shaun Gladwell adorn the walls in a dizzying collage of the kinetic energy and playfulness of Bondi locals and their surfing scenery. Tucked away behind the Pacific Apartments on the cusp of Bondi and North Bondi at Beach Rd, the hotel cannot offer sea views, but is ideally placed less than 200 metres from Bondi Pavillion and the sands and waves of Bondi Beach. The hotel is located in the most ideal spot to  explore the best of Bondi.

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There is no bar or restaurant at the hotel, a fact that could potentially put off some guests hell-bent on enjoying room service. However, you are more than spoiled for choice with the array of phenomenal places to eat and drink in the vicinity – believe me, you will not want to be sitting in your room eating a BLT under the sheets, you’ll want to be out and amongst the atmosphere of Bondi, enjoying this most sought after of Australian beach lifestyles and incredible food culture.

[Stay tuned for Pen To Paper Media’s Destination Review of Bondi].

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Guests are given access to the Speedo Club below the hotel (classes are not included), however this was not highlighted to us by QT Reception, so make sure you ask about gaining access when you check in. If an indoor pool and gym is not for you, then the rest of Bondi has you covered. There are outdoor fitness stations along Bondi Beach and the Bondi to Bronte walk, as well as the famed outdoor pool boasted by Icebergs, which is a definite bucket list activity for those keen to frolic in it’s cool waters or laze upon the white wash steps and take in the superb scenery.

You can also hire cute pastel bikes from QT to ride around Bondi on, as well as a vintage motorbike and sidecar, exclusive to the hotel. If you’re after an indulgent spa treatment, then you can head next door to Face Plus Medispa, but make sure you book in advance as the therapists there are sought after and get booked out, so even call before your stay to secure a spot.

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As you emerge from the QT elevators, a sequence of pastel coloured doors greats you as you head down the polkadot hallway to your suite, noticing signs dangling from doorknobs, stating playfully whether or not the occupier is announced as, “I’m In” or “I’m Out”. Make sure you use these signs to your advantage – our room was thoroughly cleaned in a timely fashion every day when we popped the ‘I’m Out’ sign on, and we were never disturbed when the “I’m In” sign was displayed, a testament to the professional and thoughtful cleaning team at QT Bondi.

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We stayed in a QT Deluxe King room (the difference between a Deluxe King and the normal King being a rather large balcony, so definitely opt for the Deluxe version), and it was wonderful. Complete with washing and dishwashing machine, coffee maker (I never know how to work those things though!), cook top and microwave, it is a very convenient home away from home if you are staying several days or with a little one, yet remember that the fridge is still a small bar fridge, so don’t go crazy on the food shopping as you’ll have nowhere to store it all.

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The bathroom was spacious with a double vanity, walk in shower and curved bath tub, as well as our favourite QT offered amenities from Malin + Goetz. The only downside of this gorgeous bathroom was just how low the ceiling was – I kept hitting my hand whenever I lifted my arms to put a top on! We assume all the bathrooms in the hotel are like this, but if you are reasonably tall (I am 5’9″ and my husband is 6 foot) then you may want to ask before booking your room, as the shower head is also considerably lower than you would expect.

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The open plan bedroom and living area is great – so bright, airy and spacious (with higher ceiling thankfully!), boasting some very cool neon and pastel pieces of artwork and pillows, as well as a large covered balcony that looks out towards the Sydney city skyline in the distance. The King sized bed was glorious and the quirky rocking chair, comfy couch and circular table and matching chairs were great additions to either recline on, do a spot of work or sprawl more of your luggage across. The access to free recent release movies and the Bose Soundlink Speaker (which uses Bluetooth technology seamlessly to play music from your devices) were welcome touches to our stay.

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QT Bondi ticks the holiday boxes for superb location and proximity to the beach, restaurants, bars and shops, as well as showcasing luxurious rooms and friendly staff. Despite the lack of a hotel bar or restaurant for guests to mingle at, this omission actually promotes guests to explore and enjoy all that Bondi has to offer, but with the reassurance that you have a totally tranquil and super comfortable place to return to and call home during your stay; a sanctuary above the electric good vibes of Campbell Parade.

To book a room at the QT Bondi, head to: https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/bondi-beach/

 

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