What We Love
- Mingling with stylish locals at the second-floor Gowings Bar & Grill
- Interactive elevators that detect the number of passengers and play music to match. (Couples get romantic tunes while groups get party music!)
- The small hammam and ice-room at the charming spa
- Red-wig-wearing staffers called “Directors of Chaos”
What To Know
- Set in Sydney’s Central Business District, the hotel is ideal for creative professionals
- Except for suites on the top floors, rooms are on the small side.
- There's a 24-hour gym on property
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Housed within an old department store and the adjacent State Theatre—two landmarked buildings both from the early 1900s—the QT, smack in Sydney’s Central Business District, retains much of the structures’ original Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate architecture. Luxe interiors are theatrical and fun, with bright velvet chairs fit for an Alice in Wonderland tea party, video installations, hats doubling as lamps, and chair pegs shaped like women’s legs, while the 200 guest rooms, spread over two separate wings, feature 12 different but equally glamorous styles—think deep reds and oranges, darks woods, sculptural headboards, and black-clad bathrooms with giant standalone bathtubs. There’s also a small spa offering personalized healing treatments and a charming vintage-style barber shop next door, but the majority of stylish locals flock to the Gowings Bar & Grill, a European-style brasserie serving dishes such as whole roasted quail stuffed with sage, and the adjacent Gilt Lounge for inventive cocktails.
In the Area
Sydney’s Central Business District, the site of the stock exchange, central bank, and courts, isn’t just power suits and towering buildings; the area also has an abundance of cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops, including the shopping center inside the gorgeously preserved 19th-century Queen Victoria Building. Serious fashion fans should head to Paddington, a 10-minute drive away, where Volange Paris specializes in chic and effortless high-end French fashion and Incu features a curated a selection of avant-garde pieces by both international and local designers. Before your shopping spree, stop for quality coffee and healthy bites like crumbed egg with kale and mustard-braised ham hock at Paramount Coffee Project. And on the way back, grab a pint at the Shady Pines Saloon, a Wild West-inspired drinking den full of taxidermy and distressed wood. Don’t forget to spend some time at Hyde Park near the hotel, the oldest public park in Australia, which is home to St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Archibald Fountain (where a bronze Apollo is surrounded by horses’ heads, dolphins, and tortoises), and the Anzac War Memorial.
How to Get There
A fantastic experience - the food was superb and the service first class. Met Victoria, who manages the restaurant and she was polite and accommodating as were the waiters/waitresses. The whole place is an experience in itself -its quirky door staff, the interior and general feel about the place. Hope to stay there one day.
The location is great. Near qv building, Westfield and Pitt st mall. Also close to town hall train station. Once you are there it is easy to get around.
We booked a junior suite. It was spacious, if not too spacious. Plenty on room but it could have done with a couch. Bed was huge and very comfortable and a big bathroom.
The negatives are that it is dark and noise travels within the building. We were in a room facing George st and found it reasonably quiet from outside noise. Did miss some ammenities that you expect in a 5 star hotel (no toothbrush, slippers) and no gym or pool. Also you are able to see people in the bathroom through the glass art cases.
What became the most annoying was that we had to get a lift from the street, walk through reception and the up some stairs to get another lift to our room.
Gowlings restaurant is good.
We visit Sydney once a year from Melbourne so its a special trip and you want it to go right. Generally we go the "standard" 5 star experience but this year we wanted to go off beam luxury - the obvious choice was QT. We had read about the hotel and it absolutely lived up to our best expectations. As our got out of the cab and got our bags out of the boot cab at the entry on Market Street we were actually confused - the door staff greeted up like they both knew us - what an amazing personal touch - we hadn't even got in the door yet ! We were guided to the lift and to reception where again the greeting was just so lovely. We were ahead of check in time so we were expecting to drop bags and come back later. None of that - within minutes we were booked in, given room cards, and mysteriously our bags disappeared and were waiting in our room - deposited by one of the door staff. The room was just amazing - generous proportions, intimate lighting, big bathroom with shower and tub, lovely decor and knick knacks, and of course a really big extra comfy bed. We had breakfast in the dining room ( Gowings Grill) and again service was impeccable, the breakfast was simple and yet beautifully presented and tasty - fruit salad, seasonal berries, warm croissants with preserves, and excellent coffee. So good we did it again the following morning ! In summary - the whole experience at QT was memorable and to be honest the staff across the board are the ambassadors who really made our stay so memorable. A big shout out to Heidi and to the tall English lad on the door with her. Yes, we will be staying at QT again !
We had heard that the QT Hotel in Sydney was funky and fun and so rather than book the traditional Sydney 5 star residence we decided a change of pace might be interesting! As with all such feedback this is of course personal. The greeting at the hotel on the roadside was fun and enthusiastic! Whilst we couldn’t see the lift buttons as it was dark we were graciously helped by one of the team. On check in whilst being met in a somewhat somber manner, to contrast with the arrival team, we were given our keys and off we went to a suite on the 10th floor. On opening the door I immediately felt it was a cramped dark space which is the nature of the room due to the dark wood etc. But once again the fun element shone through with bowler hats acting as down-lighters but once the fun aspects were taken in the downside started to show itself. The dust was everywhere, across the tables, in the “lounge” which was “cold” in feeling and so small. The state was most likely due to the age of the building and particularly the ceiling. The bathroom was dark and cold, as in cold. I was looking for a wardrobe to put our clothes away, which were contained in two small carry ons plus one suit bag and behind the paneling was indeed a very small “wardrobe” (same as a small cubby cabin boat) which was so small it was best that my clothes stayed in my bag.
The bathroom looked intimate but there was no apparent heating/heated flooring so an entirely dark room would become cold. As it was all open plan the fact that I couldn’t shut one of the doors was disconcerting and then when showering as everything was open plan the water simply went everywhere and it stayed there. The bed was somewhat small, perhaps a large double and a little springy for my liking.
Throughout the early hours proud car owners were showing how fast their cars were and the noise woke us up.
All in all we decided the room, the dust and the bathroom were not for us so we decided to checkout the following day. The only concern from reception was that the rate was not refundable for the prepaid days! So with this position taken it was not even worth explaining why we were checking out early.
The highlight was the breakfast and a very lovely lady who took interest in our stay.
I liked all about this hotel, from the room, the open shower and the bath-tub. Very vibrant lounge and bars, the central position (CBD) and the good rate they offered me. The Royal Botanic Gardens with a beautiful view of Sydney Opera House is only 5mins away and can offer a nice jogging area.