Design hotels in Sydney

QT Sydney, A Stylish and Fun Stay in the CBD

When a hotel is inside what once used to be the State Theatre you’d expect a little drama in the setting. QT Sydney’s entrance has me wishing I’d worn higher heels, brighter red lipstick and had donned a feather boa. “The minute you walked in the joint…,” Shirley Bassey’s Big Spender lyrics ring through my head and I think my voice drops a notch taking on a husky tone. I’m dying to tell someone to, “Pour me more bubby daaahling,” and have the feeling that if I actually said it out loud, the quirkily outfitted receptionist might just oblige.

QT Sydney, Design Hotel

Proving it’s sufficiently stylish QT Sydney is the only hotel in the city to be part of the exclusive Design Hotels group. A team of designers, art consultants and architects collaborated on this project to bring a bold, eclectic and exciting backdrop for guests to be the protagonists in their own theatrical works. Lashings of plush red fabric, Hollywood lights and eccentric décor set the stage for nothing but fabulousness.

Avant-garde costumes (yes costumes, see photo below) for staff are credited to the acclaimed costume designer Janet Hine. Meshing functionality with theatrics, staff are dressed as confident characters carrying out their supporting role and ensuring your narrative unfolds as planned, right up to the final scene.

QT Sydney, Design Hotel
Staff Uniforms

As I’ve come to expect from Design Hotels every last detail is accounted for in the 200 guest rooms. Beds have been custom made featuring a gel mattress weighing in at 82kg. Ensuites are furnished with either a freestanding or Japanese bathtub, and separate walk-in shower. The latest technology keeps guests connected with Wi-Fi, in room movies, flatscreen HD TV and iPod dock. Each guest room has been individually styled with unique artifacts sourced by QT Sydney’s very own stylist. Furniture is designer, artwork unique, and the rooms are even scented with Coco Chanel’s famous Chanel No. 5.

QT Sydney, Design Hotel
QT Sydney Room
QT Sydney, Design Hotel
QT Sydney, Design Hotel
Mini Bar

Food and beverage outlets offer distinct scenes for stories to unfold. Gilt Lounge is perfect for a late night tipple with handcrafted cocktails, and Parlour Lane Roasters morphs from a European-style café by day into an aperitivo wine bar at night. However much I’d like to try all of the outlets (cocktails are forever whispering my name it seems) Gowings Bar and Grill is what we have time for in this plot. The European-style brasserie has much to offer so read our full review here.

QT Sydney, Design Hotel
Gowings Bar and Grill

To work off all of that deliciousness QT Sydney provides a compact but sufficiently equipped in house gym. For those wanting something more however, complimentary use of Virgin Active Health Club in Pitt Street Mall might be of interest. I try it all and so deem myself deserving of a spa treatment of which spaQ has a comprehensive range to choose from. Take a visit with me in the spa write up here.

QT Sydney, Design Hotel
Spa Reception

QT Sydney has laid out the set, the costumes, and provided the supporting cast. It’s up to you to play the starring role. So with the lyrics of Shirley Bassey:

“Wouldn’t you like to have fun? Fun? Fun?
How’s about a few laughs? Laughs?
I can show you a good time,
Let me show you a good time.

Spend a little time with me.”

Reasons to visit: convenient location in the heart of Sydney’s CBD; uniquely designed rooms; a splash of drama and fun in a hotel stay.

QT Sydney
49 Market Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
+61 2 8262 0000
[email protected]

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  1. A very interesting place. I love the QT Sydney Room and bathroom! 🙂

  2. Ah this brings back many happy memories of my youthful days.
    Gowings for clothes ( well the marked down ones of those days in
    the 50/60’s and the wonderful State Theatre which had below it
    a then novel 24 hour cinema small theatre that showed movie-tone
    news and serials – ‘The Lone Ranger”, “Batman” etc etc.

    Amazing to see what it is like today – the QT Hotel. The staff
    at the old Gowings would not believe their eyes. I suppose
    Farmers ( I think now Myers) is across the Street.
    Farmers and Mark Foys were where the elite of Sydney society
    where likely to be found shopping. Ah those were the carefree days.
    El Colin Cordobes

    • The State Theatre still runs shows right next door. The last show I saw there was about 20 years ago, Chorus Line. Unfortunately this round there was only a children’s pantomime playing otherwise I would have booked a seat. Yep, Myers is directly across the street with Pitt St. Mall on one side and QVB on the other.

  3. Staff uniforms? Wowwwww!!!! Bet those would draw a lot of business to this place. 😀

    • Uniforms are fun and they’ve also done a great job with recruitment… or should I say casting… the right people for the position. 🙂

  4. Wowwww what a spectacular place. I adore the QT Sydney Room and the bathroom 🙂

    • I can see you here Anita with your sweetheart kicking up your heels and having a ball in Sydney.

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