Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
QT Sydney is a quirky, modern hotel in the heart of the city’s shopping district. With an award-winning spa, atmospheric cocktail bar and stylish restaurant, you needn’t venture beyond the hotel to be in arguably one of the coolest spots in the city.
At a Glance
Superb city center location in the heart of Sydney's shopping district
Quirky, modern decor
Stylish bar and grill restaurant, popular with Sydney residents
Historic building above the State Theatre
Look out for the red-wigged “director of chaos” – the hotel’s answer to a concierge; she has the insider info on what’s hot in the city, from pop-up restaurants to the coolest bars.Scott Dunn team
Gentlemen can enjoy a traditional shave or hair cut at the hotel’s barber shop, along with a whisky tasting.Scott Dunn team
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To start planning your vacation to QT Sydney
QT Sydney is ideally located in the city center, just half a block from the QVB, and surrounded by Sydney’s best shopping streets. It sits above the State Theatre, and the Gowings' side of the hotel was originally Sydney’s first men’s department store, and original features are still seen throughout. With a mix of retro and contemporary artwork and furnishings, the hotel is a stylish base for enjoying the buzz of Sydney’s center, ideal for couples and honeymooners.
Discreetly signposted on the street, and with a café on the ground floor, you’d be forgiven for walking past and not knowing a hotel was even here. This slightly tucked away, discreet position is part of the hotel’s charm, lending it a similar vibe to an underground restaurant behind a hidden door. There are 200 rooms here, all stylishly furnished and each with city views. All are air conditioned and have all the mod cons you’d expect from a luxury hotel, including complimentary WiFi and Nespresso coffee machines.
The facilities are excellent, particularly on the dining front. The Gowings Bar and Grill is buzzing with locals and serves Australian cuisine and wine hand picked from the two-storey wine cabinet by the resident sommelier. Upstairs is a retro cocktail bar, with lounges and dark corners to while away the small hours. There are sofas and brightly colored armchairs in the guest lounge if you want a quiet spot to relax with a drink after a day of sightseeing, too.
The Spa Q has won various awards, including Conde Nast’s Best Spa in the World. There are six treatment rooms including a couples room, and next door is a barber shop where men can have a shave and hair-cut, paired with a whisky tasting if they wish.
Staying here is all about enjoying the vibrancy of the city, and the hotel’s concierge service is testament to this. You’ll find a “director of chaos” (identified as a woman in a red wig) who’ll give you all the inside information on the trendiest bars to check out, pop-up restaurants, the best way to see the sights and how to avoid the crowds.
There are 200 rooms at the hotel. All are air-conditioned, and have modern amenities including complimentary WiFi internet, in room movies, Nespresso machines and quirky touches such as gnome tables and modern artwork. All rooms except the QT King rooms have separate bathtubs and showers (the QT King rooms have showers only). The 9 Corner Suites are really spacious, with views over Darling Harbour and the QVB and are a particular favorite of ours. The two State Suites are the top rooms at the hotel. They feature a separate lounge and bedroom as well as being the only two rooms with balconies.
Spa, barber shop, restaurant, cocktail bar, European-style cafe and several lounges.
Location & Directions
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
QT Sydney is situated right in the heart of the city on Market Street, directly above the State Theatre. The city’s shopping district surrounds you, with the QVB (Queen Victoria Building) half a block away, extensive shops in the Westfield center and department stores such as David Jones nearby, too. Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House are approximately a 20 minute walk away.
When to go
In the southern half of Australia the seasons are the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere: spring comes in September, summer is from December to February, autumn runs from March to May, and winter begins in June.
Sydney is great to visit year round but if you want warm sun and dry weather it is best to try between November and April. Their winter months of May - October usually have mild weather so you can still enjoy all the sights.