It`s hard to categorise this brand new hotel (open less than 2 months). Certainly QT is chic, with unique (trendy) fittings and the location within two revamped iconic city buildings certainly gives it oodles of character. The public areas (and staff) ooze style and are uber cool, whilst the rooms have many great little features that set them apart from the "sameness" of many major chain hotels.
Having said that their were some inital drawbacks. Reception is offstreet on the 1st floor and there is little to indicate the hotel`s double doorway entrance from VERY busy Market St (just a very small sign high up under the awning). Due to Sydneys chaotic one way street system we spent 20 mins doing 2 sweeps past the hotel trying to find it. With no off street pull in area drivers must hope for a kerbside park, alight and find the bellhops who then valet park your vehicle somewhere away from the hotel. When enquiring re parking by phone the day before Adam (on reception ?) neglected to advise the substantial overnight charge of $69 (ouch) for this.
Upon eventually checking in (4pm) our room wasn`t initially available, but a slight delay had this rectified (the glass of champers offered was appreciated). Another guest was overheard complaining that they`d waited 2 hours for their luggage ... so we carried ours ! We had been upgraded to Room 918 and the room was a delight. Large with loads of thoughtful niceties, including a well stocked mini bar, game packs, De Longi coffee m/c and an ultra modern bathroom with double shower heads, deep (small`ish) bath, robes etc. Interestingly the "open style" shower means that after use most of the bathroom floor becomes drenched, making it a tad impracticable. Had read that another reviewer mentioned only 1 bar of soap had been provided which I thought would be an oversight ... but no, there`s still only 1 bar, which is a nuisance if using the seperate toilet which is well away from the bathroom. Surely for a quality hotel an extra soap wouldn`t be too much to ask.
Didn`t eat in, but the restaurant is large and seemed very popular. We had drinks in both the street level cafe and the very popular, and busy, upstairs bar next to the restaurant, which is obviously one of the "cool" places to be seen.
The express check out worked well, and apart for a 15 min delay for our vehicle to be fetched we departed rested, and (reasonably) impressed.
Once some of the initial teething problems are sorted I`m sure word of mouth will ensure this unique hotel develops a loyal following ... but avoid arriving by car if you can, and bring an extra bar of soap, just in case.
- 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 Gowings Bar & Grill. FEATURES: 200 designer guest rooms. Gowings Bar & Grill, Gilt Lounge, Parlour Lane Roasters, spaQ – luxurious day spa, also open to the public, Private dining and events, 24-hour room service ... more less
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