We get it. You go to a new city and you want to stay somewhere that's glamorous, has local flavor and doesn't totally break the bank (but isn't a rowdy hostel/big box conference center). Enter QT Hotels and Resorts, Australia's hippest range of exclusive, design-driven hotels that prove local flavor isn't anathema to hotel ambiance. We've rounded up 14 of the wacky, weird and wonderful facts that set QT apart from their competitors—and make us want to book a trip ASAP.
Better than the buffet. QT Melbourne designed their hotel with ravenous travelers in mind. Pick up a pastry at the ground level Cake Shop, sit down to dinner at Pascale Bar & Grill or sample Japanese-Korean eats from Hot Sauce, then finish it off with a nightcap with a view at the Rooftop bar.
Calling all history nerds. QT Sydney is set within two of the city's most iconic historic buildings. The Gowings department store and heritage-listed State Theatre.
Hang with the locals. At QT Melbourne, you can Instagram sight-designed metal art by local artist Patsy Payne.
Museum-quality views without leaving your suite. QT Sydney has a curated range of digital art installations, along with eclectic artifacts inspired the building's remarkable history.
Can you feel me? Both QT Sydney and QT Melbourne employ sensory lift technology that detects how many people are in the elevators and plays music accordingly.
Embrace your inner samurai. QT Melbourne has its very own purveyor of high-end Japanese knives, Tanto, which are sourced from 10th generation sword makers.
We want their threads. QT staff are attired in quirky stylised uniforms designed by acclaimed costume designer, Janet Hine.
No, your eyes aren't fooling you. QT staff in Melbourne and Sydney have different outfits depending on the time of day and which part of the hotel they work in.
For those who like to plan ahead. QT just opened their first out-of-Australia property in Wellington, New Zealand. Next up: Queenstown and Perth.
You'll need a plane to see them all. You can stay at QT hotels across Australia with locations in: Gold Coast, Port Douglas (the first two locations), Falls Creek, Canberra and Bondi, as well as flagships in Melbourne and Sydney
Pay close attention. Reportedly, CEO of QT's parent company David Seargeant had his hand in choosing the appropriate button colors for the hotel's uniforms.
Translate it for me. QT Melbourne is designed to embrace the city's characteristic laneways, which are small, frequently pedestrianized streets, that exude local culture.
Book a date with the past. If you're heading to QT Sydney's in-house spaQ, ask for treatment in room 5 or 6. The rooms were once the Gowings barber shop and retain many original features.
Can you smell that? At QT Sydney, rooms are scented with Chanel No. 5.
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