QT Sydney
Sydney, Australia

You can’t go to Australia without stopping over in its OutThere capital, Sydney. The place we chose on this trip was the QT. Located in the heart of the city centre, this stunning industrial-chic hotel was 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 the show runs throughout the whole hotel, from the steam-punk door of the ladies restroom to the eclectic reception on the first floor and quirky art-deco rooms. CEO David Sargent 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 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 I), laid out ready to go. It’s quirky but befits the hotel’s personality: an inside joke in an otherwise glamorous world of opulence.