These edgy accommodations stand out in a historic Sydney setting.
If these art-centric walls could talk. QT Sydney is carved out of a building that once held the Gowings Department Store and State Shopping Block, in what is now the Central Business District. It is a seductive hotel, managing to strike a tone that feels both historic and contemporary at the same time. Architectural elements of the original 1920s heritage structure have been thoughtfully preserved, beginning with the gargoyles on the exterior façade. Yet once inside, the hotel is all modern sass and fun, funky design.
The 200 boutique accommodations are rich in patterns, textures and lively shades of red, orange, gold and cream. All are furnished with trendy gel beds, rain-style showers and luxury bath products. The property is home to several destination dining/drinking establishments: the bespoke Gowings Bar & Grill (modern, European brasserie fare), casual Parlour Lane Roasters (classic dishes and craft coffee) and Gilt Lounge (a hipster speakeasy). Guests in need of a little TLC can book some downtime at spaQ, where the decadent menu includes themed massages, body scrubs, steams, wraps and facials. Unique event venues include a private screening room.