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It's No Secret: We Dig The New QT Sydney

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  Site Where: 49 Market Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
October 29, 2012 at 12:01 PM | by | ()

We have teased you enough with all our talk about Sydney's hottest new hotel, QT Sydney. This property is out to wow guests and Sydneysiders alike. We got a sneak peek of this little gem and had a smile on our face with every new experience as the hotel corners the market on unique.

A little history on the location; QT has moved into the former Gowings Department Store and the State Theatre in the middle of Sydney's central shopping district. With a deep back-story, the new rooms reflect the history and former glory of the old buildings. Add a splash of dramatics and a healthy dose of playfulness and this place is a winner.

From the moment we walked through the doors, we knew this was going to be special. As if we were walking back in time, after the best elevator ride to reception where it opened up to an eclectic mix of hand-picked furniture and a funky feel. After we tried to absorb everything we could, we were off to our room tucked in a dark hallway like it was backstage at a play.

The rooms are outfitted to be swanky and fun, yet still functional and comfy. From the entertaining art to the play on textures and color, our red-themed room was operatic to say the least. Maintaining the retro look, the hallways and rooms were carpeted with rugs made to resemble well-worn timber flooring.

QT offers plenty of places to grab a drink, a cup of joe, or some grub. Gowings Bar & Grill, Parlour Lane Roasters and Gilt Lounge all tickle the senses for foodies and coffee-lovers. Each venue has its own character and it's as though each played a role in the entire show of our stay. Our bircher muesli with freeze-dried raspberries was a perfect way to start our day.

Our favorite part of the hotel would certainly be the elevators. Each lift senses how many people are in the car and plays different music appropriately. For instance, when alone, we hummed along to All By Myself. The QTique, offers some finds and is a new type of hotel gift shop. Finally, two art walls features a collage of found items from the building's former owners.

What could we do without? The ambient lit mini-bar would not turn off, even at night, and after a few calls to reception it was still not fixed. Also, our TV remote wasn't working properly and subsequently got us stuck on either the welcome screen or children's cartoons. Not cool, but the rooms provide a bit more entertainment, so we didn't need to watch.

Rooms start at 407 AUD ($422) per night.

Disclosure:We stayed as a guest of QT Sydney, but all of our opinions, photos, and wonderment are our own.

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]

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