Sydney’s newest boutique hotel brings a flair for theatrics to Australia’s most populous city. And it couldn’t be more appropriate: QT Sydney has made its home in an historic theater.
Occupying part of the heritage-listed State Theatre as well as the historic Gowings department store, QT Sydney opened just this week as the city’s first Design Hotel. Its 200 rooms and public spaces recall the past — timber floors from 1929 have been restored, and new stone gargoyles were painstakingly reconstructed from photos of the long-lost originals.
But this is not an old-timey kind of hotel. LED lights and striking artwork are everywhere. The elevator plays music based on the number of passengers (a lone passenger might hear Elvis crooning “are you lonesome tonight?”). Meanwhile the staff sport uniforms created by a costume designer; porters wear berets and jeans while concierges have bowties.
Every stylish guestroom is unique, but many offer hanging bowler-hat lamps, oversized soaking tubs and views of the Queen Victoria Building and Darling Harbour. In the spa, gents can get straight-blade shaves at the in-house barbershop, equipped with imported American barber chairs. The hotel also has a European-style cafe (that moonlights as an aperitif bar in the evening), a seafood-centric brasserie and a cocktail lounge.
And because things are done a little differently here, don’t be surprised to find your bartender at breakfast: he’ll be tending to all hangovers by mixing fresh fruit smoothies.