The lobby at QT Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia


You can’t go to Australia without stopping over in its OutThere capital, Sydney. And a trip to this fabulous city needs an equally fabulous hotel. The place we chose on this trip was the QT Sydney.

Located in the heart of this buzzing Australian city, the QT Sydney is a stunning industrial-chic hotel that proved to be the perfect bolthole and base for us to explore Sydney. The hotel is within walking distance of the cool cafés and independent bars of Surry Hills and Chippendale, and the epic views surrounding Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Taking over the iconic Gowings and State Theatre buildings – both heritage listed – the playful spirit of showbiz runs throughout the whole of the QT Sydney, from the steam-punk door of the ladies restroom to the eclectic reception on the first floor and quirky art-deco rooms. The brand’s CEO is rumoured to have had a personal hand in the eclectic selection of art and furnishings, so with his reputation on the line, you can imagine that no stone has been left unturned when it comes down to the detail.

We stayed in one of the spacious Executive King rooms that had a massive bed and equally large bathroom; it came complete with a walk-in shower and decadent roll-top bath (look out for the little ceramic bunny), and loads of wardrobe space. The mini bar is next-level, with a sensational collection of premium spirits, moreish snacks, a couples kit in case you get lucky and even an emergency bow tie (who knows, you might suddenly get invited to an A-list party while hanging out at the hotels’ bar). Hats off to you if you manage to use both the tie and kit.

As we needed a kick-start from the long flight, we were happy to find all the ingredients for an espresso martini (the Australians love their coffee – and booze – and so do we), laid out ready to go. It’s quirky but befits the QT Sydney personality: an inside joke in an otherwise glamorous world of opulence.

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While you’re Out There
This may be too touristy a tip, but one thing that we at OutThere love to do when we get to a new city is to go up to a high point, to get the lay of the land. If you stay at the QT Sydney, then you’re just one block away from the Sydney Tower Eye – pretty self-explanatory – that offers spectacular views at dawn, during the day and dusk. Try the Skywalk if that sort of thing takes your fancy.

Photography courtesy of QT Sydney

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