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
- 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
One of my favourite hotels in Sydney. Best location for shopping and walking distance to Darling Harbour.Very funky decor. Rooms are something else, very luxurious feel. Cafe and bar on street level, highly recommend.
So here I am back again (for the 5th time in 12 months). I love this QT!
It so central to everything I want when I come back for a quick visit.
They’ve been brilliant as on most of my trips back to Sydney.
I love the ‘moodiness’ of the overall feel/look. (Very Melbourne/New York)
I’m always asking for;
a) early checkin (as my flights from Singapore always arrive before 8:00am [and I refuse to pay for a room the previous night if I’m not in it!]), (I know this comes down to luck and their bookings from the night before)
b) then to store In their freezer, a supermarket freezer bag or two of meat (for me to take back to Asia) and
c) a late checkout as my flights back to Singapore always seem to depart late afternoon.
50% of the time so far, I been able to get into my room on arrival, and there’s never been an issue with storing my meat and/or getting a late checkout.
Also on most trips I’ve been upgraded and I love the big bathtubs in the larger rooms.
This trip I also used the Spa for a hot shave - BRILLIANT experience (thanks Justin!)
I really only have two points that stop me giving it a 5 star review.
1) on a couple of trips the pillows have been really smelly (not this trip)
2) I’ve never received a welcome back ‘name’ when I check in at reception - I know this isn’t a big thing but it’s a very simple thing to add to the experience as well.
See you again in August QT!
I travel to Sydney most months for work and more often than not stay at the QT.
I love it's quirkiness, the staff are terrific and the look and feel off the place always brings a smile. It's very well located for the business end of town but also close to excellent retail and dining.
My one negative is the in-room dining on offer. The food used to come up from Gowings grill - the hotel's restaurant and it was truly excellent; arriving quickly and still hot and smokey off the grill. Sadly, this is no longer the case and the replacement is inferior, very slow and of much less interest to me.
The hotel is still great though and I just have to force myself downstairs to Gowings!
My husband and I stayed here for one night during vivid. Love the quirkiness of this hotel.
The room was lovely, and the bath and shower were amazing. The rainforest shower head was incredibly- I didn’t want to get out!
We had a great time and will be back.
Had a great time at QT Sydney. The hotel is modern, excellent decor, rooms are very spacious, sound proof windows, the bed is amazing so comfortable!
The front office staff are very friendly. Paola was excellent at all times!, she always arranged what ever we would ask for!
I will definitely stay there again on my next trip to SYD.