Step into a piece of Sydney history, with QT Sydney, an eclectic mix of design, art, luxury and a touch of the roaring twenties. Set in the heart of the city’s CBD the hotel occupies not one but two historical buildings, Gowings, an old department store and The State Theatre, an iconic performance theatre for comedians, bands, musicians, shows and more. Be welcomed by staff dressed to the nines in quirky, avant-garde uniforms at the only Sydney hotel to be a member of the exclusive design hotels.
Choose from one of 200 guest rooms each individually tailored for a unique experience all on its own. Guests will feel high class with rooms slathered in golds and sleek blacks, warm lighting, the faint smell of Coco Chanel’s No5 and exuberant luxuries that keep the party alive. The decadent rooms include a comfortable king bed, TV, Uspa amenities, Nespresso machine, free standing bath and large walk-in shower, as well as designer furnishings, mini-bar with delightful surprises and work space. If you’re lucky enough, the opulent State Suite 1022 was formerly Sir Norman Rydge’s office, which offers a new level of luxury to its guests.
When you’re not admiring the gorgeous lobby or your own guest room, spaQ is the place to search for inner peace. Whether you’re looking for muscle melting, immune boosting, stress relieving or the power of touch to relax and unwind you, spaQ offers a selection of treatments including romantic couple packages, facials, massages and hair treatments that will have you ready to tackle the city of harbors. The men are also covered if they were looking to satisfy any manscaping needs with the timeless barber shop situated next to spaQ. Sit in antique leather chairs and be transported to a time when gentleman like virtues of chivalry and conversation as well as exemplary grooming was commonplace. The team of professional barbers offer customized barbering services from traditional wet shaves to skincare and grooming.
After a relaxing spaQ or barber shop experience adventure out into the city where on one side is Pitt Street, where you can shop till you drop at Pitt Street Mall or the other side is George Street, another well-known shopping destination. There are many attractions including museums, art galleries, Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, all icons of Sydney and must visits. If you’re looking for a truly unique experience BridgeClimb allows guests to experience the bridge up and close by climbing up 1332 stairs to the summit, which will be guided by an expert tour guide, complete with humor and knowledge of the city. Experience the harbor during the day or as the sun fades away knowing you can walk a mere 20- minutes to the comfort of your room.
Following a busy day walking the streets of Australia’s best city, treat yourself with an intimate dinner at Gowings Bar and Grill, a fine dining construct that presents the style of a European brasserie, with an edgy contemporary design. Start with an aperitif of elderflower fizz to refresh your palate before indulging in starters of grilled king prawns, brought in fresh from the ocean or a captivating plate of Burrata dressed in autumn flowers and rooftop herbs with a drizzle of white balsamic. After tasting a starter, lose yourself in the extensive selections for your main course, including seafood, from the grill, and wood oven options. The roast suckling pig rack with sweet sour plums and sapphire grapes is a perfect pick me up in winter and the seared yellow fin tuna with BBQ shimiji mushrooms, ginger, shallots, fried garlic and rice wine vinegar. Pair with any sides such as a potato purée, steamed sugar snaps or tomato salad, herbs and aged vinegar for a complete meal. To top off an exotic dining experience, opt in for a sweet passion fruit pavlova or a taste of home with a New York cheesecake. Don’t forget a glass of red or Gowings signature cocktails like a Hemingway daiquiri or Moscow cool for a boisterous night.