It’s all in the detail.
There is no other boutique Australian hotel brand more quirky and charming than the design-driven QT Hotels & Resorts. They’ve taken Australia – and more recently New Zealand – by storm with their luxurious and uniquely themed yet totally on-point accommodations.
I’ve had the pleasure of staying at three of their hotels. The QT Gold Coast exudes a retro beach feel. With free lemonade on tap in the lobby, a 1960s Holden panel van complete with surfboard braces parked outside, and pops of yellow and plenty of plants in the rooms.
Then, there’s QT Canberra; a politi-pop themed hotel where the world’s leaders will be watching you. Australian politicians tweets are streamed on neon ticker boards, and you may even find a solar power waving Queen in your mini bar. They’re quirky, charming, bringing a cheeky playfulness to luxury hotels.
Finally, QT Melbourne opened with much fanfare at it’s Russell Street location. What guests will find is a chic industrial boutique hotel playing with luxe textures and textiles throughout the room; a homage to Melbourne’s most well-known identity as the fashion capital of Australia. Oh, and the on-site bar isn’t half bad either!
Staying at QT Melbourne
The Rooms at QT Melbourne
QT Hotels always do good first impressions, and walking into my QT Deluxe King room was no exception!
Light wood herringbone parquet cover the floor, leading me into the spacious rooms. The room was sectioned into a living area, sleeping, and bathroom. Their vast size leaves little chance of feeling claustrophobic.
QT and their sister hotel brands (including Rydges and Art Series Hotels) are well known for their plush, comfortable gel topped beds. In fact, I’d go as far as saying that QT has the best hotel beds in the world.
Crisp linens and colourful pillows dress the bed, adding a brightness to the otherwise masculine leather and architectural lines of the room.
After a delicious dinner with friends in nearby Chinatown, I came back, raiding the mini bar for snacks and a cheeky drink; I chose to spend my night in, enjoying the hotel’s free movies (yes, free!) from the comfort of my bed.
While I love a good film, I can’t actually tell you what happened in Concussion as I drifted off into a deep peaceful sleep.
So comfortable are the beds, I slept through not one but two alarms and missed breakfast. Oh well, it was worth it!
There are little touches around the room to make it more functional without distracting from the design vibes. Each side of the bed is equipped with a reading light that can be adjusted. The giant buttons on the wall may look like an art piece but they also double as a coat hook, and the modular lounge and coffee table can be doubled as a small but efficient work desk.
Sitting grandly in the corner is a gorgeous quilted black leather wardrobe. Inside is wallpapered with fleur-de-lys, an assortment of felt covered clothing hangers, and a small but sophisticated dark wood drawer.
In the room is also a Nespresso machine will help you wake up with three choices of coffee pod to sip in the funky black-and-white striped mugs.
The Bathrooms at QT Melbourne
A beautiful room starts with a beautiful bathroom, and that is exactly what QT Melbourne delivers.
The spacious rainforest shower complete with hip subway tiles lining the wall allows me to forgive the way the dual vanity with sliding doors feels tight and impersonal. Cool matte black tapware over the vanities, copper light fixtures, and Malin + Goetz toiletries complete the bathroom. Oh, and there’s a toilet ‘room’. A nice touch to keep the minimalist yet luxe feel continue throughout.
While it was decorated with striking matte black tapware and granite tiles, the bathroom did feel like something of an afterthought. It feels like a box added to the corner of the room and reminded me eerily of the Art Series – The Cullen in South Yarra I had stayed at recently. That said, it was fitted with all the right finishes to create a harmonious existence with the room.
QT Melbourne restaurant, cafe, and bar!
Feeling a little peckish but don’t want to venture too far away from the comforts of your room? QT Melbourne has you covered with Pascale Bar & Grill. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Euro-style bistro has a diverse menu with an artisanal flair. Many of the ingredients are foraged for from the hotel’s rooftop kitchen garden, beehives, and edible flower garden.
The Cake Shop (pictured above) is located just off the main lobby where sweet tooths and the well-caffeinated can rest themselves and enjoy a pick-me-up. Seasonal beans and innovative desserts are featured alongside classic baguettes, croissants, and eclairs.
I don’t usually make a point of visiting hotel bars, but The Rooftop at QT Melbourne has quickly become one of the must-visit rooftop bars in Melbourne.
Dress to impress at the Rooftop at QT with views across the inner city rooftops. The lavish bar is perched on the 11th floor of the hotel, sleek in its design with spilling green ferns.
The drink menu is all about the cocktails, averaging a cool $22 per drink, and a tight selection of pricy international wines, plenty of bubbles and on-trend spirits.
There are bar snacks available, such as a minced Thai beef on toast with chilli, sweet basil, and sambal.
A tip: the terrace closes early at 11 pm It’s best to come at sunset because you will want to take a photo of the gorgeous space or selfie with your besties.
Located on Russell Street, between Bourke and Little Collins, on the site of a former cinema, the hotel is all-new and in one of the cities up-and-coming areas.
One block from Chinatown, one block from the Paris (aka: luxury) end of Collins Street, and – for you shoppers out there – half a block away from shopping hot spots Bourke Street and The Emporium.
It’s a smart move as boutique hotels aren’t the norm in this part of town, yet there are dozens of great places to eat, drink and go out in the surrounding area; Melbourne’s main theatres are an easy walk or cab ride away, Chinatown is just two-blocks, and Melbourne’s sporting precincts are a short walk or tram ride away.
QT Melbourne combines business and play effortlessly. The location on Russell Street means you are within Melbourne’s free tram zone making it easy to hop on to get to business meetings by day and a block or two from theatre, the cities best restaurants, and plenty of nightlife as the sunsets.
The hotel often has great sale rates, plus if you sign up for the Priority Rewards Program (the free hotel loyalty program) you can claim an extra 10% off your room rate!
No matter how you like get away, QT Melbourne has got you covered for a comfortable night in the most stylish hotel in town!
133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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