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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

Door gals dressed in saucy uniforms, buzzy bars and dining, and a sussed day spa? We're smitten with QT Sydney boutique hotel, a sassy design diva that has her party shoes on and is ready to dance. Carved out of the historic State Theatre and Gowings department store buildings in the city centre, this hip hostelry blends Gothic, Italianate and art deco architecture with quirky-but-cool interiors.

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

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 $163.04 (AU$218), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

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

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.

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

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).

Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted.

Children

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

Food and 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.

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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 Hotel – Sydney – Australia
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Sydney's happening heart

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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QT Sydney 49 Market Street Sydney 2000 Sydney Australia

Anonymous review

by , Wheeler and dealer

Rating: 10/10 stars
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 have to say about QT Sydney in the Guestbook below…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The reception, general service, warm and decadent decor and inviting private spaces to explore.

Don’t expect

To have a concern in the world upon entering this beautiful home-away-from-home in the heart of bustling Sydney! Enjoy!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The decor, all the extras in the room like the toiletries, espresso martini kit, and the incredibly super soft mattress.

Don’t expect

Breakfast not included, but loads of local places for that. We didn't try the spa facilities.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The decor and location!

Don’t expect

Scenic views.

Rating: 8/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The quirky décor, rain showers in the bathroom and especially breakfast in the restaurant!

Don’t expect

A hard mattress – the beds were very soft, which caused some back pain. The double bed was also two single beds pushed together without a top mattress, so there was a ridge in the middle.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on We travelled with our 2 year old son - the hotel could not have been more accommodating and friendly towards him dispite this not really being a 'child friendly' environment. Clear the cocktail glasses and breakables when you arrive and your tot will be f

We loved

The jazzy disco lift that plays Barry White for two people or party tunes for more!

Don’t expect

Formality – this hotel is a young fun and lively environment with extremely helpful and efficient but laid back staff!

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Food, location, decor, service!

Don’t expect

If you stay on a lower floor on the Gowings side, expect to hear music coming through from the restaurant below, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. We were on the 4th floor, so right above, so this kept us up. Every other time we've stayed has been on the theatre side on a higher floor, with no issues. The lighting in the bathroom is not great, in my opinion, but that's just being picky.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The eclectic decor and wonderful staff. The rooms and bathroom were a great size for a city hotel. Nearby, go to Billy Kwong restaurant in Potts Point - loved it. Also visit Wendy's Secret Garden - less than10 minutes in taxi from hotel.

Don’t expect

A view - we looked onto rooftops and commercial buildings.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The comfy bed, coffee machine in our room for coffees in the comfy bed and the funky bathroom design

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The individualistic and imaginative styling. Great bathroom, fantastic sized room, fact that the hotel is not marked from the street, really hidden away.

Don’t expect

Bogans.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The room felt special. Not same-same hotel you get everywhere. Staff were great too. It is right in the heart of things. The coffee shop downstairs is good. There are a few cool small bars close by. For example Baxter Inn on Clarence Street. A speakeasy specialising in Whiskey

Don’t expect

Family chaos. This is not a place for children.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The style of the hotel - the door staff were super friendly.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The service, everything was organised and easy. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, without being annoying. Beautiful rooms, Gowings downstairs is a fantastic restaurant. We will definitely be back.

Don’t expect

Children, thank goodness!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Incredible hotel. It's a mix of 70's disco and crazy cool.

Don’t expect

To have any day light in your room. But you won't miss it.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Good location, very high quality fit out and style, and complimentary wifi. Requests were sorted quickly. We couldn't resist following the in-room instructions for making martinis (not complimentary) and breakfasts in Gowings were a high standard. Valet parking sounded a bit challenging but it all happened seamlessly. Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

A typical (i.e. dull) luxury hotel.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms - the rugs, the shower (amazing) and the stools. Very funky! Oh, and the makings of a mean espresso martini in your room!

Don’t expect

Great room service after midnight.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We LOVED our stay at the QT Sydney. The hotel is fabulous, cool, helpful and professional staff. It is bright, quirky, interesting and different. The breakfast in Gowings were excellent. The bar at night is buzzing with great cocktails and staff.

Don’t expect

A bland corporate hotel – this is far more interesting.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Location. Eight out of 10.

Don’t expect

I had to ask for shampoo and when I used the green tea it wasn't replaced.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The whole design of the hotel was quirky and sexy. The staff was incredibly nice and the location is just perfect!

Don’t expect

Check-out times could be moved to 12.00 so with Mr & Mrs Smith bookings we'd get an extra hour to checkout at 13.00. Let's face it nobody really wants to leave QTSydney afterall!

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

High quality done with imagination and humour.

Don’t expect

Gym fitness facilities could've been better.

Rating: 9/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Entrance, reception and restaurant.

Don’t expect

Room a little 'over-designed'.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The QT is fun and funky and the location in Sydney CBD was wonderful for walking all over town. Amazing food and many of Sydney's most famous sites were all within walking distance. We really enjoyed the breakfast options both in the hotel restaurant and the coffee house at street level.

Don’t expect

The hotel is a little dark. Both in the rooms and in the hallways and lobby areas.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything – the rooms were fabulous, with a decadent yet relaxed feel, and the rest of the hotel was equally divine. It's in such a glorious, wonderfully restored building. Room service was fantastic too.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The QT is the perfect hotel for a luxe inner-city escape. The location is fabulous, the ever-stylish staff is friendly and helpful and the decor is glamorous, but with enough quirky touches that you don't feel like the place takes itself too seriously. I loved the little extras in my room, which itself was a generous size with lots of practical touches to compliment the design. The best part? It's surprisingly well-priced given the excellent location and the quality of the rooms. I'll be back again! Nine out of 10.

Don’t expect

The only thing that lets this place down is the café on the ground floor… the food and coffee were just average and the staff seemed to me to be at best disinterested and at worst, downright rude.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms are funky and individual, the little touches (down to the staff outfits, wig and all) make it feel fun and exciting - different to a big chain hotel. The decor is a throw-back to Gowings heyday and they have incorporated memorabilia stylishly. The hotel is in a great location, right in the middle of the city.

Rating: 10/10 stars