Porters wear berets and jeans and so-called ‘Directors of Chaos’ are red-wigged and military chic as they welcome guests to Sydney’s latest designer hotel, QT.
Here the stage is set as staff are cast, not recruited, and sent through hair and make-up before attending to guests in their respective roles – a hotel that comes to life in a theatrical performance.
The eagerly awaited QT Sydney, a member of Design Hotels, opened its doors last month as the newest five-star property to grace the Sydney CBD in over a decade.
Set within two of Sydney’s most iconic buildings, the Gowings department store and heritage-listed State Theatre, the hotel interior boasts a mix of LED art installations, eclectic and colourful furnishings, and quirky art deco pieces inspired by the buildings’ history – and that’s just the reception area.
Each of the 200 fashion-forward guest rooms are different – in the Gowings building the original 1929 department store floor boards have been retained – decorated in rich reds, oranges, yellows and white.
A few playful touches are common throughout: An incredibly comfy ‘Gel’ bed, cleverly curated artefacts, bedside lamps in the guise of bowler hats, book binders or vases and an impressive mini bar with a Nespresso machine.
The dark stone bathrooms have one of four bath styles and many rooms feature a view of the Queen Victoria Building, some of Darling Harbour.
Guests are ushered into the epicentre of the hotel into Gowings Bar & Grill, a stylish brassiere, offering wood-fire oven roasts and seafood on rotisserie.
Suave lounge and bar spaces are scattered throughout the hotel, with a café/wine bar on the ground floor, and upstairs the Gilt Lounge hovers above Sydney’s late night party scene with table service and international DJs.
Contrasting the hotel’s energetic bar and dining scene, spaQ is a sanctuary for relaxation, continuing the retro theme with 1930s tiled walls and original windows.
The spa – that includes a hamman-inspired steam and ice room – offers a host of beauty and relaxation therapies, while, for the blokes, a cut throat shave called ‘The Bond’ has a certain appeal.
It’s eclectic and lively, and seriously hip.
Rooms from $420.
49 Market Street Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8262 0000