QT more a hottie than cutie boutique hotel

You might want to think twice about what you wear to Sydney’s newest design hotel.  Sofas are cobalt blue, chairs are fuchsia pink. The opportunities to colour clash are endless in a hotel that’s so hip even sunglasses won’t amp your ‘cool’ factor enough.

In a Clockwork Orange meets Murder on the Orient Express with touches of neon LED love, the old Gowings and State theatre buildings have been transformed into a creative 200 bedroomed wonderland.

“Feeling lonesome tonight?” the lift will serenade you accordingly; add a few buddies “Three is the magic number’ will rock you. Themed bedrooms are more flamboyant than a Lady Gaga outfit thanks to design team, Nic Graham and Shelley Indyk. Bowler hats as lights, lollipops and gingerbread men at the minibar plus a menu of bathtub designs. Signature touches such as 2 martini glasses, Belvedere Vodka, Tequila and a Nespresso tempt you to become your own bedroom barrista – Espresso Martini on arrival anyone?

Don’t miss the art deco Parlour Lane Roasters in the morning and take time out to sample delights from the kitchen talents of Robert Marchetti and Chef Paul Easson (ex Melbourne Rockpool) in the mirrored, plate-adorned Gowings Bar and Grill, or simply chill out at pamper haven SpaQ.

The star of the show isn’t the hotel, it’s the staff who have been ‘cast’ not ‘hired’ and suitably add bundles of talent, fun and life to a grand dame of the Sydney scene. This QT will keep you enchanted for many years to come.

QT Sydney
49 Market Street, Sydney 2000
Hotel T: (02)  8262 0000
Gowings Bar & Grill T: (02) 8262 0062
spaQ T: (02) 8262 0088

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Karen’s corporate job back in the UK had included entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (thread count does matter).


Forrester’s Pub on the corner of Riley Street in Surry Hills has been a much loved watering hole for almost 100 years, it’s seen different owners, changes of prime ministers, generations of friends and family along with periods of being laid ‘fallow’ to rest. It took hospitality favourites, Applejack to rescue this local gem and bring it back to life. A budget of $1.5m doesn’t get you much these days but the renovation its both sensitive to its history and of this era, reflecting a new, more feminine, organic and lighter approach to interior design.

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