Ye olde meets the very contemporary at the new QT Hotel, Sydney

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For all the talk of how bustling a city Sydney is, it’s surprising to learn that its CBD hasn’t boasted a new hotel development in approximately two decades – excluding refurbishments and the rebranding of several hotels. Until now, that is.

QT Sydney, part of the prestigious Design Hotel group, melds two of Sydney’s grandest, character-laden buildings – the State Theatre and the old Gowings building on Market Street – into one fantastic accommodation haven. The hotel’s architects, designers and art consultants have worked together to ensure that while the rich heritage of both buildings has been preserved, lending the project a ye-olde-worldly aesthetic on the outside, inside everything is pure state-of-the-art.

A striking LED wall of digital art, for example, is a feature of the public areas within the hotel, justaposing nicely with quirky artefacts brought together from around the world including bespoke furniture, graphica artwork, and a very bold use of colour.

Yves Klein blues, magenta and citruses sit vividly amid stark black and white and it seems everywhere you turn, there’s a pleasant visual surprise.

Whether you stay as a guest, or drop in to enjoy the social vibe, there’s plenty on offer. Parlour Lane Roasters offers straight-up espresso and a casual bite, from breakfast to late afternoon. The Gilt Lounge presents a decadent array of cocktails and quality wines. And Gowings Bar & Grill provides a European-style menu with a focus on fresh seafood.

To the rooms themselves, every element has been designed with clever highlighting of space, from the wardrobes to the mini-bars. Even the bathrooms are accented by large, separate showers and signature baths, with pin spotlighting to add a sultry vibe. There are even spa facilities (main spa room, pictured below) for guests to indulge.

Visitors to Sydney, looking for something new to stay in outside of the regular-Joe chain hotel experience, should certainly put QT at the top of their list. And locals, too, looking for a bright home-away-from-home for the weekend or decadent weeknight will also love its appeal. Expect to rub shoulders, then, with predominantly cool and beautiful people.


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