Clockwork Orange-meets-Vogue Living: The QT Sydney
Its style has been described as Clockwork Orange-meets-Vogue Living – The QT Sydney hotel opens mid-September with $400-plus nightly weekend room rates.
Billed as Sydney's first true designer hotel, the 200 guest rooms come in 12 different styles set across the upper 12 levels of the Palazzo-style Gowings building and State Theatre in Sydney. Art curator Amanda Love has carriage of its art installations.
Hoping to bring a little pizazz to George Street, reviving its theatrical and retail past, it will come with two restaurants, Gowings Bar & Grill and Parlour Lane Roasters cafe; spaQ with six treatment rooms; a men's barber shop; plus a Hammam-inspired steam room.
Amalgamated Holdings bought the Gowings building in April 2006 for $69 million and has spent close to that on demolition and redevelopment of the retail area.
It adjoins the historic State Theatre, which has also had a facelift.
The ground floor has been leased to the British Topshop fashion chain for its flagship Sydney store.
Amalgamated and QT Sydney managing director David Seargeant says great effort has been undertaken to retain the features of the Gowings building, including the mosaic and timber floors.
QT is Australia’s newest hotel brand.
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