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Hotel 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

Overview

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.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking QT Sydney with us:

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

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at QT Sydney

Citi Secrets Experience QT life QT advance purchase for stays of two nights or more

Facilities

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QT Sydney Hotel – Sydney – Australia

Need To Know

Rooms

200, including 19 suites.

Check–out

11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $238.08 (AU$255), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude à la carte breakfast, from AU$14.

Also

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).

At the hotel

Spa, barber's shop, concierge, free WiFi throughout and DVD/film library, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, minibar, Uspa toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

All the boudoirs rock a fashion-forward look, with vibrant hits of colour, print and pattern across fur throws, rugs and cushions, teamed with modern lounge chairs and statement lights, including bowler hat pendant lamps. Cute ceramic animals, illuminated vitrines of cut-glass ornaments and DIY Martini kits up the eccentricity. Of the QT Deluxe King rooms, number 73 boasts wow-worthy windows; any QT Corner Suite is a hot tip for the extra space and sitting area.

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.

Also

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.

Children

This is a glam playground for grown-ups, so leave the kids with grandma.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted.

Food & Drink

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QT Sydney Hotel – Sydney – Australia

Hotel 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.

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.

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.

Smith Insider

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.

Top table

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

Local Guide

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QT Sydney

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

On the corner of Market and George Street, in the heart of the CBD, QT Sydney is within easy walking distance of Hyde Park, the Opera House and Darling Harbour.

Planes

Fly into Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport (www.sydneyairport.com), which receives international and domestic flights. From there, it's just a 17-kilometre (20-minute) drive to the hotel. QT doesn't arrange transfers but you can pick up a taxi easily at the airport rank, or hire a car if you want your own wheels.

Trains

The nearest train station to QT is Town Hall, a three-minute drive away, which is served by CityRail (www.cityrail.info). If you're coming from the airport, take the Airport Link train (www.airportlink.com.au) to Town Hall station.

Automobiles

Valet parking at QT costs AU$69 a night, which the hotel recommends as the most hassle-free way of rocking up.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Matthew Hurst , Wheeler and dealer

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 …
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QT Sydney

Anonymous review by Matthew Hurst, Wheeler and dealer

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 ‘Directors of First Impressions’ – and dazzling red fringe aside (‘tis a wig, of course, your logic tells you on second glance, but who cares?), the QT’s Directors indeed make an immediate impact – hotel door staff with individual personalities that seem like they’re actually enjoying themselves? It’s noticeable and refreshing.

Positive first impressions continue when entering my QT Twin Double bedroom – its proportions are generous, the decor rich and the lighting warm yet moody. Sultry timber-lined walls, plush maroon curtains and high ceilings add to the grand atmosphere – every bit the part for a room in what was once the art-deco era State Theatre.

Smacking of James Bond glamour, a DIY Martini kit instantly catches my eye; a handy Nespresso machine serves its purpose not only as a morning kickstarter but also as an evening one. The kit’s Belvedere Vodka and Patron XO Café tequila are very decent drops for making a killer espresso martini for two. Just buzz room service for some ice, mix each of the 50ml spirit bottles, throw in a couple of coffee shots, give it a shake and you can’t go wrong. It’s a cute touch, and a fittingly fun way to get the party started.

Located in the revamped State Theatre and Gowings department store buildings, the QT has overseen a complete transformation of these two well-known heritage landmarks. And what the resulting marriage may lack in heady heights and harbour views, it more than makes up for in engaging attitude.

QT’s location, in the heart of the Central Business District, can’t be faulted. The street itself isn’t too attractive but you can blame Sydney for that – and thankfully Hyde Park is virtually on your doorstep if you’re in need of greenery and open air. The Rocks, Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art are 10 minutes’ walk away, so too the Art Gallery of NSW and Botanic Gardens. Make it 20 minutes and you’re in Kings Cross or Surry Hills.

Speaking of Surry Hills, QT is by all means a cool hang-out – but isn’t achingly edgy like a typical Surry Hills hipster haunt. The QT is Manhattan not Brooklyn, West End London not East End – this is a big city hotel, and despite the ‘boutique’ tag, is the kind that can only be delivered in the downtown hub of a major global city.

Urbane players like New York have long realised that ‘the hotel bar’ is something to be embraced, whether it be bygone-era style or an of-the-moment hot spot. A great hotel has a great bar, and a great hotel bar is an offering to the city’s residents as well as its guests. Sydney and Melbourne have yet to catch on to this, with the words ‘hotel bar’ generally equating to dull decor, sharp prices and zero social relevance to locals. With Euro-sleek Gowings Bar & Grill and nocturnal cocktail-shaker the Gilt Lounge, the QT has upped the stakes.

A friend having a hotel room always sounds like a hedonistic indulgence, but in practice their neutral vibes can almost detract from the buzz. Not so QT – be it with a boyfriend, girlfriend or a bunch of friends, this boudoir was made for sharing. I’m in town with a gang for a bunch of Sydney Festival shows, and on night one we’re all heading to a party at Town Hall, which as luck would have it is just around the corner. My room wows all who swing by, and kicking off the night here sees us leaving on a high; and when the evening is done, there’s nowhere else the crew wants to settle into for a nightcap.

Waking up feeling the effects of a long weekend of drinking, dining and dancing, I’m literally not able to leave the hotel thanks to drenching rain. Instead, after breakfast at Gowings, I stagger downstairs to SpaQ. Along with the usual massage and facial treatments, the spa also boasts an old-school barber, a nod to both new-school male grooming trends and the history of the Gowings building, which had an on-site barber for generations. Inside the white-tiled space, my barber Loic offers a range of treatments and cuts. An up-close shave and steaming hot towels draped over the face certainly does the trick, and I leave for the airport rejuventated, looking slightly less shabby and thankfully feeling a touch fresher, too.

While there’s a lot of hype surrounding this new kid on the hospitality block and its much-vaunted cool n’ chic-ness, it really delivers as a hotel with personality and style, panache and perhaps even a touch of that magical je ne sais quoi. With the arrival of QT, it feels like Sydney has grown up and gotten a whole lot younger all at the same time…

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in QT Sydney's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The style and energy of the hotel were awesome... Chic and with an edge yet relaxing with the spa and friendly staff.

Don’t expect

There's not much to improve on. The WiFi could be more consistent, it went off for a whole evening during my stay, so I had to leave the hotel to get internet.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

My husband and I decided that a night in the city was well deserved! I wanted something a little bit different than your typical five star hotel; I wanted something to surprise my husband with. QT came to mind. I'd seen it in the paper many times and it had me intrigued. We walked to the hotel from the Opera House, as we had been to a Tango show in the afternoon, so we were both feeling a little, shall I say "Argentine Tango flushed". First to greet us at the hotel were two girls wearing red wigs, black berets and black catsuit-type outfits. The lobby, the staff and the room were all a feast for your eyes, definitely quirky! There are so many interesting objects around the hotel - the room has some wild and 'out there' bits and pieces. Our bedside lamp was a top hat and our hall stand was in the shape of an emu; we even had a pack of fiddlesticks. The dressing gown hanging in the bathroom was so soft. When my husband walked out of the bathroom with it on, the movie 'Eyes Wide Shut' sprang to my mind: black with a black hood. If your looking for something tongue in cheek and a bit different, well I highly recommend QT. You won't be disappointed.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's very friendly and relaxed with a very modern and hip decoration. Perfect location in the city.

Don’t expect

It can get a bit noisy due to neighbours coming back to their room late and charged up!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the attention to detail and a strong commitment to little thematic surprises everywhere in the hotel. Sensors in the lift trigger music according to the number of people, there's a mini martini bar in the room, there's a beautiful and luxurious tub, a wonderful spa and an exotic hammam. I got great service from the time I walked into the lobby until I was put in a cab to head back to the airport. Excellent food and bar and very good atmosphere on Friday night. I couldn't have been more pleased. it's definitely my go-to hotel in Sydney.

Don’t expect

Not a thing.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

QT is wonderfully quirky. The decor is stunning and the rooms are spacious and beautiful as well as being incredibly comfortable. The staff, from the girl on street level to the reception staff, was friendly and welcoming. I felt really comfortable here. Close to shopping and restaurants, the park and gallery, it is ideal for a short break in Sydney.

Don’t expect

My only issue was that the lighting in the bathroom was designed by someone who doesn't wear makeup – ti's all shadows when you are trying to put on the gloss. This seems to happen in a lot of new hotels unfortunately.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Loved, loved the hotel! Very stylish – everything, including staff. Quiet, yet right in the middle of the city. Comfy bed. Enjoyed the Nespresso machine, although had to request pods.

Don’t expect

We had free use of the hamman, but it would have been nice to have been shown this as didn't know where it was. Water temperature was very hard to control in the shower.

Rating: 10/10 stars