The curtain has finally been lifted on Sydney’s most exciting new boutique hotel – QT Sydney
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has always been considered Australia’s biggest tourist destination. With high profile attractions like the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and beaches like Bondi and Manly the city has really only ever attracted the typical touristy traveller. Cities like Melbourne
have owned the of fashion capital title, attracting the more discerning types looking for something a bit less commercial.
However, at RoomCritic
we’re feeling the wave of change washing over the harbour city. From the new small bar phenomenon to an influx of hipster café’s and awesome new restaurants, Sydney is changing, it’s actually becoming cooler.
The latest addition to hip Sydney is the brand new QT Sydney hotel which opened this week with the fanfare and theatre fitting of the location. RoomCritic was happy to accept the invitation to check out the hotel and facilities.
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Positioned right in the heart of the central business district (CBD) and retail precinct in two of Sydney’s landmark heritage buildings – the old Gowings department store (a Sydney icon from the 1950’s) and the art-deco, heritage-listed State Theatre. The new QT Sydney captures the intrigue and excitement of the past in an edgy, contemporary design style and is perfectly positioned to take over as the city’s hippest place to stay and visit.
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Rooms and Suites
Architect Shelly Indyk has set many quirky nuances across all 200 rooms of the hotel. A deep palette of reds, oranges, yellows and whites is featured throughout the 12 unique room styles. Retaining the original timber floors from 1929, the rooms in the Gowings Building are bright and airy with eccentric touches and embellishments. The adjacent State Theater rooms boast exclusively designed Rothko-inspired carpets and rugs, along with light, playful touches like bowler hat lamps and light fittings. The dark stone bathrooms are accented by oversized signature baths and large separate showers with pin spot lighting ensuring the right vibe. The rooms and bathrooms are finished with unusual collectables and pops of color, making it an appropriate hub from which to explore the creative scene in the surrounding neighborhood.
Food and Beverage
Guests are ushered into the beating heart of the hotel through the door into the Gowings Bar & Grill. The lounge spaces and bar areas, with a selection of cutting-edge DJs, evokes the energy of Sydney – a city that is home to a special group of pleasure seekers and power players. The Gowings Bar & Grill’s Creative Food Director, Robert Marchetti is an industry veteran with 24 years’ experience in the field. Styled after a brasserie, it offers wood-fire oven roasts and seafood on rotisserie, prepared from the freshest of Australian ingredients, mixed in with handpicked artisan products. For a quick coffee or casual bite, Parlour Lane Roasters at the entry level of the hotel provides a perfect fix. It’s a European style café, with experienced baristas serving some of Sydney’s best coffee, as well as quick, easy and social breakfasts and lunches. The Parlour Lane Roasters turns into a bustling aperitif bar from the afternoon into the evening.
The sound of the city is not forgotten with DJ’s playing throughout the lounge and bar spaces. Visual highlights are LED wall of digital art by Daniel Crooks, art curator Amanda Love brings
artists from Australia and New Zealand – Daniel Crooks, Daniel Boyd and Grant Steven – to design the light and video installations in the hotel rooms, lobby and the Gilt Lounge. Additionally, the hotel guest rooms feature works by artist Richard Blackwell from Adelaide, and Sydney sculptor Morgan Shimeld specially commissioned by guest room designer Shelly Indyk.
A touch of glamour has enlivened Sydney’s local spa terrain with a new designer wellness concept, spaQ. It follows an innovative service concept, where it caters to those with busy schedules and his/her changing needs and desires. Rather than insisting on a pre-selection of treatments, spaQ encourages you to book a block of time and choose a treatment on the day, using the therapist’s knowledge to help guide you. In addition to the six treatment rooms, spaQ exclusively offers a men’s traditional barber and a Hammam-spired steam and ice room.
The service concept is equally fresh. A first in the city, the hotel’s Concierge iPhone and iPad app helps guests create their bespoke travel experiences of Sydney. We’ll be back as soon as we can to review and take more photos of the hotel for the soon to be released – Beta stage 1.0 of our RoomCritic website.
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QT Sydney is the first Sydney hotel to be a member of Design Hotels.
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