QT Sydney opened

QT Sydney opened as Design Hotels’ newest member in Australia.

The hotel, set within two of the city’s most iconic buildings – the historic Gowings department store and heritage-listed State Theater – boasts dramatic LED art walls framed by restored art deco and baroque details, next to spotlights and ornate gilt display cases. While the facades have been restored, inside the property is a mix of original features, curated digital art installations, eclectic artifacts and design pieces inspired by the retail and theater history of the buildings.

Designer Nic Graham’s vision of the hotel is at its pinnacle in the lobby, where historical features are set off by an LED wall of digital art by Daniel Crooks. The space serves not just as a lounge, but as a playground after dark. In conjunction with the city’s designers and architects the public spaces boast an audio-visual piece playing between levels that create a sensory adventure that adjusts to the mood of the elevator and its occupants. All the art works were exclusively selected by curator Amanda Love.

Architect Shelly Indyk has set many nuances across all 200 rooms of the hotel. A palette of reds, oranges, yellows and whites is featured throughout the 12 room styles. Retaining the original timber floors from 1929, the rooms in the Gowings Building are bright and airy with eccentric touches and embellishments. The adjacent State Theater rooms boast exclusively designed Rothko-inspired carpets and rugs, along with light touches like bowler hat lamps and light fittings. The stone bathrooms are accented by oversized signature baths and separate showers with pin spot lighting. The rooms and bathrooms are finished with collectibles and pops of color.


Styled after a brasserie, Gowings Bar & Grill boasts lounge spaces and bar areas with a selection of DJs; and offers wood-fire oven roasts and seafood on rotisserie. For a quick coffee or casual bite, Parlour Lane Roasters is available at the entry level of the hotel.

For the range of local talent on display in the hotel, curator Amanda Love’s expertise was sought. She has chosen artists from Australia and New Zealand – Daniel Crooks, Daniel Boyd and Grant Steven – to design the light and video installations in the hotel rooms, lobby and the Gilt Lounge. Additionally, the hotel guestrooms feature works by artist Richard Blackwell from Adelaide, and Sydney sculptor Morgan Shimeld specially commissioned by guestroom designer Shelly Indyk.

The property has a wellness concept, spaQ, which has six treatment rooms, a men’s traditional barber and a Hammam-spired steam and ice room.

QT Sydney is located in the heart of Sydney’s central business district (CBD) and retail precinct. The hotel is in close proximity to Darling Harbour, a tourist and nightlife area, The Rocks, Australia’s restored historical district, Circular Quay, as well as Chinatown and the Opera House.

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