QT is one of those hotels that provides an experience rather than just a bed to sleep while in Sydney, Australia.
I was lucky enough to spend 4 nights at this boutique hotel, enjoying all aspects the hotel, my room and Gowlings restaurant has to offer. The basics first though. The hotel is located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, so you can walk to great shops, restaurants, parks and the Sydney harbour. Set within the historical State Theatre Building with 200 guest suites to choose from, this place immediately oozes cool from the moment you step in the foyer.
I am greeted by two friendly staff members who assist me in the lift to get to reception. That’s great Sabrina, a lift, who cares I hear you say. But this isn’t just any old lift. I step inside and after 2 seconds of silence, Elvis Presley starts singing to me. ‘Are you lonesome tonight, do you miss me tonight?’ Why Elvis, I hear you ask? Good question. This lift plays music depending on the amount of people in it. Brilliant! I haven’t even seen my room but I am sold. I am an absolute sucker for gimmicks, special features, whatever you want to call them. And you will be happy to know that is just one of the many quirks of this gothic, art deco and Italian influenced accommodation.
The reception area continues the epitome of cool. Vintage furniture, dark walls, timber staircase mixed with modern lighting and design. My mind starts thinking burlesque, whiskey, long cigarette holders, top hats and…’miss can I help you?’ Thankfully the lady at reception checks me back in to reality and into my hotel room. Room 606. ‘You need to take the lift’ I am told. Yessssssssssssssssssss!
As I was a lone ranger in the lift, Eric Carmen begins to sing to me ‘All by myself, don’t wanna be all by myself anymore.’ Thanks Eric.
A dark hallway greets me but the strategically placed lighting helps guide me to my door. I open up and am greeted with another mood lit hallway but this time timber. If your hotel room starts with a hallway that has to be a good thing right? Giddy with excitement, I see the huge bathroom to my right, turn the corner and step into my colourful, bright, eclectic yet luxurious room. There was something circus like about the room, too much stimulus but I eventually got used to it and appreciated the vintage furniture, suspended hat lighting, octagonal rug and multi coloured shelving. Despite the mismatch, it worked and felt sophisticated. The bathroom won me over. I appreciate well thought out tiling which in this case involved, a dark colour palette and varying sizes. Modern and sleek and all perfectly appointed. The only criticism I could make was the open shower. Personally, I don’t like them but from an aesthetics point of view, it looked great.
I felt right at home at QT. The bed was incredibly comfortable, noise levels were non-existent, the blinds were so effective at blocking out light I overslept on two occasions and the water pressure was perfect. Whenever I needed something, the hotel staff were very accommodating.
The only aspect of my stay that I leave open for criticism are my two dining experiences at Gowlings Bar & Grill. The food was excellent but the service was terrible. I don’t want to focus on this negative aspect and consider the restaurant to be no reflection of the QT hotel.
Overall my stay was memorable but just a word of warning for those of you interested. QT is not on the cheaper side of Sydney travel accommodation. With a price tag of around AUD$400 a night you may need to save your pennies.