Couples will love this quirky upbeat luxury hotel in the very centre of Sydney’s shopping district. It has a huge personality of its own, lots of lovely unusual touches, a spa, traditional barbers shop, restaurant and a popular bar. If you are looking for shopping you can’t get more central than this, and for anyone who regularly stays in corporate hotels, you will love their refreshing new approach to what a hotel should look, feel and even sound like.
The hotel is situated above a small theatre, and theatrical props, heavy theatre curtains, film set lighting and old film spools set the scene in the 1st Floor reception area. We were met at the door by friendly staff in retro dress who took us up to the reception level, explaining in the lift that sensors detected how many guests were in the lift and played music accordingly; anything from disco music if a dozen had crammed in there together, to “Are you lonesome tonight” for a solo guest.
The reception staff – indeed every staff member we came across – clearly loved their job and their work environment. They were friendly, chatty and helpful, checking us in early and coming up with loads of suggestions for our stay with them as well as making an appointment for us in the spa and for the restaurant.
We loved the guest rooms at QT, which are different from any other hotel room I have stayed in, with unusual art work, ornaments on shelves, thick fluffy rugs on the beds, a Nespresso machine and very well stocked mini bar, which includes amongst its essentials an ” emergency bow tie”. In keeping with the home from home approach there is free wifi and free films in every room, and staff were quick to offer a 4G connection if needed. The tray for cocktails in every room was a particularly nice touch.
The bathroom and bedroom are open plan with sliding mirrored units between. Our bathroom had a large round freestanding bath as well as a shower and double sinks.
Restaurants and bar
The downstairs lobby area has a coffee house and cafe area, clearly very popular with locals and visitors as well as hotel guests. The main restaurant and bar is upstairs and both attract a young crowd. The menu is varied and the food is fantastic, and in true QT style they know just what their customers might want and aren’t afraid to break from the norm to offer exactly that: included on the dessert menu choices is an indulgent bar of dark chocolate.
The QT has a good spa, particularly considering it’s city centre location. Although lacking the usual wet areas for a pool and hot tub there is a nice steam room and a well thought out relaxation area with comfortable chairs, refreshments, magazines and an inspirational TV monitor. The treatment rooms are authentic and quirky, many with the original barbershop mosaic wall tiles, and the treatments from Uspa and Kirsten Florian are both luxurious and affective with the emphasis very much on results.
Your groom won’t be neglected; it was no surprise that such a trendy hotel would have the ultimate in men’s pampering; a full time barber on hand to offer the full cut-throat razor treatment
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