Australia’s quirkiest hotel, QT, opened in the heart of Melbourne in September.
The quirky-hotel scene in Melbourne is seriously going through the roof. Just last week, we reported the opening of Notel – a collection of six vintage Airstream trailers, turned into cosy rooms and plonked on top of a three-storey-high car park. Now, it’s time for the city to welcome its first QT property, located on Russell Street in the CBD.
With striking architecture, eclectic interiors and vibrant artworks sprinkled throughout the property, the hotel boasts 188 rooms, but it is in the food and wine department that QT Melbourne truly scores.
Taking full advantage of its proximity to the “Paris end” of Collins Street, the hotel’s flagship restaurant is the Pascale Bar & Grill, a European-style bistro with chic furnishings and an open kitchen. The on-site patissier also bakes treats that guests can savour in the lobby’s Cake Shop.
If you prefer the city’s edgier, late-night scene, then laneway bar Hot Sauce sounds like the place to be, blending banging beats with Korean and Japanese-inspired dishes.
Melbourne is arguably home to the nation’s best rooftop bars and The Rooftop at QT aims to muscle in on local favourites such as Siglo, promising “a voyeuristic outlook over Melbourne’s rooftops”.
The industrial-inspired building has been designed by architect Angelo Candalepas, using handcrafted steel, stone and timber to create a bold façade with contrasting textures.
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Having previously worked on QT Sydney, interiors designers Shelley Indyk and Nic Graham have reunited to create the hotel’s guestrooms and public spaces, which draw on inspiration from the 1920s rag traders that inhabited nearby Flinders Lane. The lobby also features video artworks, crafted by Amanda Love, while costume designer Janet Hine has fashioned the staff uniforms.
QT Melbourne is the boutique chain’s seventh property and follows the opening of QT Bondi in late 2015. Next year, the brand will open its first international hotels in Wellington and Queenstown, while plans for QT Perth are currently underway.