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
We stayed at the QT Sydney for 2 nights when we in Sydney for a show at the State Theatre. We really loved it! The staff were lovely, the rooms were very cosy and romantic (and yes a little quirky), and the food at the restaurant and cafe were fantastic. This is my new favourite place to stay in Sydney!!
This hotel is top of the pops! I love the intergration between holding onto the history of the old buildings former life and reinventing it as a top class hotel. All the facilities are brilliant. The staff are amazing and the bars and restaurants are an absolute treat.
I could go on.
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The QT was a fabulous place to stay as first time Australia visitors! Close to everything, very walkable. The rooms were beautiful, very clean! (I just wish they had brighter lights) The downstairs cafe had the most delicious breakfasts- great for the mornings we needed an early start, very convenient! Gowings bar/restaurant was a perfect place to end the evening for a glass of wine before going up to our room! Heidi at the front door was absolutely wonderful! Such a positive, happy contact to have! Extremely helpful!
My stay at the QT Sydney has been absolutely fantastic. While here on business and traveling alone, the staff at the QT Sydney has not missed a beat. From the moment I arrived, Heidi with tips on where to go and how to get around are the best and time saving. Along with Heidi, the reception team greets you with a hello and thank you for coming continuously. The restaurant inside the QT Sydney, Gowings, is unmatched. They are friendly, masters of their craft and able to carry on great conversations while still staying on point to all guests. The management team, Naomi, Doran and Jason check in when they see me and all have a smile and appreciative for my choosing the QT Sydney known. The room is top notch with a bed that makes it hard to leave each morning. I would recommend the QT Sydney for all types of trips and I will never look to stay anywhere else while in town.
we found the initial arrival in our car a little awkward as it is not really clear where you need to pull up as there is no hotel driveway or designated area on Market street for the hotel. There is no hotel signage so you need to know exactly where it is. We stopped in what we thought was the right spot (after jostling with traffic in the vicinity) and after seeing someone who caught my eye, were told to move back a little and park. They then took care of everything with no fuss and handled our bags and car with a smile.
One thing about our stay was that from the moment we arrived until the moment we left every single member of staff we came across was warm, welcoming and made sure our all requests were dealt with efficiently and with a smile. Congratulations on your customer service, it was what made our stay.
We booked a standard room for 2 nights however, were unaware we had been upgraded until we went to extend our stay and were told if we wanted to extend in our current room, 904, it was going to cost $700+! Or we could move to a standard room for just over $400. Now it was a nice corner room and from what I could see, slightly larger than than a standard room (most of the extra space was taken up by a corridor you only use when entering and exiting the room) but not $300 worth! We were happy for the upgrade but would have been just as happy in a standard room as they are just as lovely and room size (excluding large corridor) is only slightly smaller. As we didn’t want to pay over $700 or go through the hassle of moving for one night, we decided not to extend our stay.
The room was modern, a little quirky and very clean and comfortable, however, when staying in accommodation of this standard and price we have found slippers and bottled water are usually provided in the room, we were also only provided with one bag of English breakfast tea (2 of us staying). When we asked for these items the staff were only too happy to provide them which was great, however, our automatic reaction was that the hotel was trying to cut costs as some guests may not expect these items or know they were available. There is currently no gym or fitness centre facilities on site which we usually make use of in hotels and we did not feel like walking through the city to use one off site.
Overall we did enjoy our stay, however, didn’t really see the value we normally get with this standard of hotel. Next time, we will probably stay at one of the other 5 star city hotels we have stayed at in Sydney in the past which have all the service, amenities and facilities we expect and are available for a similar price or less.