Eclectic and quirky artifacts make for an interesting stay at QT Sydney, a hotel that prides itself on an edgy mix of art and design from around the world.
Melding two of Sydney’s grandest and most prominent historical buildings — the State Theatre and Gowings on Market and George Streets — into one hotel involved a restoration process culminating in the creation of a bold and unique hotel experience.
With the façade of the building returned to its former glory, the inside has retained its old world appeal through thoughtful integration of new technology, distinctive art mediums and cutting edge emerging artists.
To ensure a big impact on arrival, QT Sydney’s art consultants, designers and architects worked to bring the history and rich fabric of both buildings together through an energetic collection of original artwork and graphics.
The bold design of the hotel is set off by the historical features forming a space that serves not just as a lobby, but as a playground after dark. A striking LED wall of digital art is a feature of the public areas within the hotel, adding a dramatic and intriguing display to these already enticing surroundings.
Bespoke furniture, graphics and a strong use of color are some of the unmissable highlights of the QT design with a bold use of black and white, Yves Klien blue, magenta and citron throughout.
A deep palette of reds, oranges, yellows and whites feature through the 12 unique room styles in the 200 guestroom hotel.
Retaining the original timber floors, the rooms in the Gowings Building are bright and airy with eccentric touches and embellishments. The adjacent State Theatre rooms boast exclusively designed carpets and rugs, producing a lush and embracing feel brought together with bowler hat lamps and light fittings.
The design team played to the obvious eccentricities of the historical buildings, helping to create an edgier environment. Every element of the rooms have been designed specifically for the space; from the design of wardrobes, bedheads and carpets, to the minibars, glass cabinets and materials, each room is individually tailored for an unforgettable QT experience.
The dark stone bathrooms are accented by signature baths and large separate showers with pin spot lighting ensuring a moody and sultry vibe. Focusing on luxury, the many unique variations all celebrate the unusual.
The rooms and bathrooms are finished with eclectic and quirky collectables and pops of color, creating an individualized home away from home from which to explore Sydney’s many offerings.
Hospitality at QT Sydney starts before you even hit the lift. On the Market Street level, Parlour Lane Roasters offers a straight up espresso and a casual bite to eat from breakfast to late afternoon, when the space transforms from café to a bustling aperitivo wine bar.
Ascending the lifts, guests are ushered into the lobby, and then up the wooden staircase into Gowings Bar & Grill, Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti has shaped a European style brasserie that provides an unpretentious European-style menu with a signature seafood accent. As with every aspect of QT Sydney, the design is prominent – simple detailing redefines this modern day dining experience.
Guests finish the night off in Gilt Lounge, the after dark party venue. Set within an exciting lounge bar, Gilt evokes the energy of Sydney’s cocktail bar scene.
A wildly eclectic collection of new medium art has been curated throughout the hotel’s public areas, lifts, lobbies, dining spaces and guest rooms. Brought together by the collaborators of the hotel, the artists’ work have all been pulled together with the space in mind.
The QT Sydney concierge iPhone app links guests to their own personal concierge service the moment rooms are booked.
Guests can plan their perfect, bespoke trip before they even arrive. A city guide in the palm of the hand, it couldn’t be easier to find information on the best places to see and be seen in Sydney, the newest bars, hottest restaurants and the can’t miss events.
For more information on QT Sydney, visit www.qthotelsandresorts.com/