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
Parking on site
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Quirky design hotel in a landmarked Sydney address, with a happening restaurant, a barber shop, and a concept store
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.