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QT Sydney : Sydney, Australia
Cortnie Fausner
by Cortnie Fausner

The Report

A hip, boutique hotel woven into the creative fabric of the city, QT Sydney is a highly curated fusion of cutting-edge art, bold interior design and historical architecture. It has become a place where the cool crowds converge to hang out, dine, party and soak up the creative ambience.

With an eye for modern design whilst reflective of past, the 200 guest suites that make up the QT Sydney hotel has been carefully crafted within the historic Gowings and State theatre buildings. This boutique Sydney venue retains many of the buildings most distinctive features, such as the blend of Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate influenced architecture that form the dazzling exterior of the building.Within the hotel, eclectic and quirky artifacts have been brought together from all around the world, adding an unusual mix of interesting elements to the QT experience. Bespoke furniture, graphics and a strong use of color, with a bold use of black and white, Yves Klein blue, magenta and citron throughout.

WHAT WILL MY GUESTS EXPERIENCE?: Hospitality at QT Sydney starts before you even hit the lift. On the Market Street level, Parlour Lane Roasters offers a straight up espresso and a casual bite to eat from breakfast to late afternoon, when the space transforms from café to a bustling aperitivo wine bar. Ascending the lifts, guests are ushered into the lobby, and then up the wooden staircase into Gowings Bar & Grill, Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti has shaped a European style brasserie that provides an unpretentious European-style menu.  Guests finish the night off in Gilt Lounge, the after dark party venue.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET THERE?: A short 30min drive from Sydney Airport by car.

ACCOMMODATIONS: 200 Rooms + Suites
FOOD SERVICE: Provided by Venue
BAR SERVICE: Provided by Venue
VIEWS: City Skyline & Queen Victoria
DECOR: Contemporary, Historic & Gothic


QT Sydney has elegant contemporary design to suit any important occasion, giving your guests the very best in modern and unique atmosphere. While the venue is only about 2 years old, it has hosted a wide variety of events to date: entertainment after parties,  intimate dinners, product launches, wine tastings, Christmas parties, and more. The focus for QT Sydney is to create exciting and innovative events! Located within the heart of the Sydney CBD, the private dining rooms look out over the bustling Market and George Streets, with views to the historic Queen Victoria Building and city skyline.

Gowings Bar & Grill is a bustling dining room features a market-type alley for the freshest of Australian ingredients. Rotisserie ovens and grills feature strongly on the menu. Ceiling and wall graphics bring the room alive whilst the exclusive music director, later on in the evening, will bring the house down. On the mezzanine level of Gowings Bar & Grill are three private spaces, featuring relaxed and sophisticated interiors that suit dining, meetings and major business events. Groups of 2 to 200 will be able to host unforgettable events here.

Gilt Lounge. Positioned above Gowings Bar & Grill, Gilt Lounge offers an array
of the hippest, hand-crafted cocktails designed by some of Sydney’s best bartenders.
Taking the party on from dinner at Gowings Bar & Grill, or from the aperitivo wine bar at Parlour Lane Roasters, Gilt Lounge comes to life after dark. With a late night close of 2am and a seating capacity of 60 people.

George Room. The George Room is the intimate private dining room, located on Level 2 above Gowings Bar and Grill restaurant. It also connects directly to the Gilt Lounge. It can seat up to 26 guests, or can be used for 50-60 guests cocktail style. It also connects to the George St Landing area, which can be used for private cocktail events. If combined it can comfortably hold up to 150 guests cocktail style.

Market Room. The Market Room is the larger private dining room, located on Level 2 above Gowings Bar and Grill restaurant and also connects to Gilt Lounge. This room has views directly onto Market Street below. It can seat up to 55 guests, or can be used for 70-80 guests cocktail style. It also connects to the George St Landing area. If combined it can comfortably hold up to 150 guests cocktail style.

Reel Room. The Private Screening room can accommodate up to 56 guests. It has dedicated food and beverage service out of the Reel Bar, which is in the breakout space next to the theatre. The screening room also boasts its own private stairwell entry with Market Street access. It has advanced AV capabilities including a 3D screen.

Perfect for:

  • birthday party
  • corporate event
  • dinner party
  • holiday party
  • social event
  • wedding reception


The distinctive interior design, heritage features,historic architecture and the prime location within the very heart of the Sydney CBD make this venue especially fun for guests. QT Sydney  also has red-wigged, designer-clad Directors of Chaos who greet guests at the entrance of the hotel!  

Send the boys to the barber shop! Let them take a nostalgic trip as they enjoy a cut, shave or beard trim. Treat them to a smooth traditional shave with soothing hot towels, while the gals hit up the spa. 

Hear Ye', Hear Ye'. Some notable press that we particulary love is the fact that QT has been called "the sassiest hotel in the Southern hemisphere" by Forbes.


1. Vintage Metal Table Numbers: As a nod to the buildings historical past and quirky design we love these Vintage Metal Gas Station industrial numbers and think they would be perfect as table numbers.    2. Bunsen Burner Vase:  The decor of the hotel has interesting artifacts from around the globe. While this piece used to be a Bunsen burner in a high school science lab, it can now be re-purposed into a vase onto your tabletop. Just slip the included test tube into the stand, add water and your favorite fresh cut flower and you have a unique and quirky centerpiece.   3. Vintage Theatre Programs:  The hotel is located within the historic Gowings and State theatre buildings, so give a nod to the theatrical past by designing your programs or menus to look like old vintage Theatre programs. You can also buy actual vintage programs like this one and use them as decor.


Venue Report Tip. We suggest starting the party in the Reel Room (private theatre) to show your guests a fun film, then host a sit down dinner party in one of the private dining rooms, and for the grand finale carry the party on to the Gilt Lounge for late night festivities. The QT Sydney concierge iPhone app links guests to their own personal concierge service the moment rooms are booked. Guests can plan their perfect, bespoke trip before they even arrive. A city guide in the palm of the hand, it couldn’t be easier to find information on the best places to see and be seen in Sydney, the newest bars, hottest restaurants and the can’t miss events.


  • The historic theatre building and unique architecture
  • Vintage barbershop for the boys!
  • Red wigged 'Directors of Chaos' will greet your guests
  • There is a theatre that you can start the evening off at by treating guests to a movie before your dinner party, and then end the night in the Gilt Lounge.
  • The QT Sydney concierge iPhone app links guests to their own personal concierge service the moment rooms are booked.
  • The bespoke furniture, eclectic and quirky artifacts in the hotel have been brought together from all around the world, adding an unusual mix of interesting elements to the experience. 


Get yo' shopping on:

The Eveleigh Markets is a collection of the organic, the local, the vegan and the delicious. Sip coffee & shop in front of one the iconic Carriageworks arts venue, farmers and growers come from miles around to share their products. Photo via the QT Sydney blog.

Be a Theatre Buff:

Right adjacent to the hotel sits the State Theatre. This 2000 seat venue opened in 1929 with eclectic elements of Gothic, Italian and Art deco design to produce an exquisite theatre, which can truly be described as a "Palace of Dreams". Photo via State Theatre.

Brunch at the Opera House:

Coming soon this January 2014 the iconic chefs at the Opera House are opening their restaurants/cafés to serve brunch. Soak up the rays with the best morning vantage points of the harbour while feasting on a curated menu. Photo via Sydney Opera House

VENUE: QT Sydney ; PHOTOS provided by QT Sydney

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