Who said business travel had to be boring? If you are looking for a stylish, fun, quirky boutique hotel in the heart of the action in Sydney, look no further than the QT in Market St.
It's a stone's throw from the shops (Zara!) and dining options (Laduree!) at Westfield Sydney and has a sense of fun and personality so often lacking in the big chain hotels.
The colourful hotel staff and greeters look like they've wandered in from a show at the State Theatre and there's an impressive collection of vintage luggage in the foyer.
Part of the hotel is apparently in the shell of the old Gowings department store and there's a decidedly heritage/butcher shop feel about the stairwells.
But let's get to the room; what a treat. Mine had two double beds and the best stocked mini-bar I've ever seen with everything from snacks and a Nespresso machine to Pick up Sticks and an emergency bowtie kit.
The designer black granite bathroom with splashes of coloured glass, rain shower and a deep oval bath...made me wish I had such an amazing bathroom to go home to.
Make sure to spend some time in the lifts...solo muzak ("Are You Lonesome Tonight" I think?) if you're travelling up alone switches to "Just the Two of Us" or "It Takes Two" if someone else gets in (yes could get awkward).
Gowings Bar and Grill had a great range of gourmet options for breakfast. The hotel's location makes it ideal for business or those on a city shopping or eating trip but perhaps not a summer holiday if a pool is on the checklist.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an eye for modern design whilst reflective of past, the 200 guest suites that make up the QT Sydney hotel have been carefully crafted within the historic Gowings and State theatre buildings. This boutique Sydney accommodation retains many of the buildings most distinctive features, such as the blend of gothic, art deco, and Italian architecture that form the dazzling exterior of the building.With a contemporary and, at times, quirky design, all guestrooms feature creature comforts such as luxurious bedding, high-speed internet, walk-in showers and most guest suites also offer an indulgent oversized soaking tub.The lower levels of this truly designer Sydney Hotel, will retain a historical allure but be the home of Sydney’s hottest new bar Gilt Lounge and Robert Marchetti’s newest creation Gowings Bar & Grill.FEATURES200 designer guest roomsGowings Bar & GrillGilt LoungeParlour Lane RoastersspaQ – luxurious day spa, also open to the publicPrivate dining and events24-hour room service ... more less
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