QT Sydney: edgy hotel in the central business district

QT Sydney is a new hotel in the central business district that is unlike any other hotel in the city. With its eccentric design, historic building and bright colours, the QT Sydney is a perfect match for the cosmopolitan vibe of the city. Located on the corner of Market and George Street the QT Sydney Hotel is the product of a complete renovation of two Art Deco buildings—the State Theatre and the Gowings department store.

QT Sydney lobby

QT Sydney hotel

Opened in September 2012, the hotel features 200 guest rooms and was recently named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List 2013. Not only is the design of the hotel impeccable, but staying there is quite an experience. Five types of rooms are available at the hotel. Each is decorated in bold, warm colours and offers eclectic furniture befitting the hotel’s modern Art Deco theme. Getting to the hotel is fairly simple. It’s quite close to both Hyde Park and Darling Harbour and takes roughly 30 minutes via cab from the airport.

While Sydney is known for its iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visitors to the area can find a plethora of out-of-the-box attractions to fill their time Down Under. The Taronga Zoo, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and The Rocks, a cobblestone area filled with shops, galleries and restaurants are all perfect destinations for those looking for unique, culture-filled attractions. Don’t forget to swim at the Boy Charlton Pool by the Botanical Gardens. It has several lanes for lap swimming and an excellent outdoor cafe.

After touring Sydney, guests can grab a drink or meal in the hotel’s new restaurant, Gowings Bar & Grill. Created by local restaurateur Robert Marchetti, the restaurant takes the form of a European brasserie with a unique design. Featuring tempting cocktails such as the Moscow Mule made with vodka and beer, and tantalising fare like wild scallops and minute steak rib eye, Gowings is the perfect location to unwind. The Gilt Lounge, a private nightclub-like area provides guests with entertainment and cocktails. A streetside café, Parlour Lane Roasters, is the perfect spot for visitors to start their day. A spa is also available for those looking for a relaxing massage.

If you’re looking for a break from the standard hotel filled with neutral colours and lackluster rooms, the QT Sydney is exactly what you’re in need of, with its edgy design, comforting rooms and unique spaces.

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QT Hotel
49 Market St.
Sydney, NSW, Australia
+61 2 8262 0000

About Brittany Trevick

Brittany Trevick is a writer, editor and travel enthusiast who is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.