Much to the chagrin of us Sydney-siders, Melbourne is often thought to be the cultural centre of Australia. It was only a matter of time then before a QT Hotel popped up there, which one did last month. The pairing seems a natural combination with both being quirky, arty, and very distinct. Being fans of other QT Hotels we’ve stayed in, like Falls Creek and Canberra, we were keen to check out their newest offering. So on a recent weekend away we found ourselves experiencing the new QT Hotel in Melbourne as guests of QT.
QT Hotel Melbourne
Like the others in QT’s line of hotels, the design and vibe of the Melbourne one is informed by its context. Nestled in the Collins Street Precinct in the city’s CBD, also known as the ‘Paris end’, the hotel is surrounded by old and opulent architecture. The area was once home to rag traders and luxury French fashion labels. Now, it makes way for high-end eateries, bars, and shops. QT combines the decadent European influence with a very modern Melbourne touch too.
Inside the hotel you’re met with an almost industrial space, combining concrete and steel with lashings of brass and timber too. The lobby has a very eclectic feel that can’t be pinned down to one particular style or another – it’s just undeniably QT. The hotel chain’s recognisable look and feel is found throughout the lobby and bar spaces yet it still has it’s own identity. The designer’s successfully achieved this by working with local artists and curators to add that distinct Melbourne feeling. Bespoke furniture is found throughout, as are unique graphics and some really interesting art pieces. Our favourite piece was the mirrored brick wall created by local artist Dan Moynihan.
The hotel’s location is stellar too. It’s close to city highlights like Chinatown and the National Gallery of Victoria as well as cafes and shops aplenty.
We were instantly impressed by our Executive King room. Featuring a minimalist design, the room looked elegant and very inviting. Timber floors instead of carpet was a nice addition and went a long way in affecting the look and feel of the space. The exposed polished concrete ceiling carried over the industrial style from the lobby while the leather lounges in the room gave it a very homely look. Upholstered in a beautiful leather, the lounges look like they’d wear easily. It’ll be interesting to see how their look evolves over time as the leather ages.
The addition of a Bose Soundlink Mini in the room was awesome. It’s one of the most exciting sound systems we’ve seen in a hotel room in a while. Its sound quality is stellar for such a small speaker, and Bluetooth pairing was a cinch. The best thing about it was how portable it is. We took it into the bathroom and used it to play some relaxing music while enjoying a bath.
Speaking of the bath, this tub was one of the nicest we’ve used. It’s deep and comfortable and the perfect way to end a day of exploring the city. The standalone tub in the bathroom is exclusive to the Executive King room, while the QT Corner room has a window facing tub to allow for a relaxing bath while overlooking Russell Street.
A work desk with loads of power plugs and USB inputs was a nice feature of the room, while details like free high-speed internet and a Nespresso machine with coffee pods were appreciated. The room also featured a large flatscreen TV and the hotel offers free movies – so good. It swings out when you want to watch it, then folds back when not in use. This is a nice way of maximising space.
The bed itself was super comfortable. It felt like we were sleeping on clouds thanks to the gel pillow top it featured. The mini bar was as quirky as always. Details like this are what makes QT not just a good hotel, but a great hotel.
Rooftop At QT
What better way to enjoy a city than sitting above it, taking it all in with a drink in hand? Rooftop At QT lets you do just that. Offering a stunning view of Melbourne’s skyline, the open-air space is the ideal place to watch the sunset over the city. Like other QT establishments, the cocktails at Rooftop At QT are excellent, as is the atmosphere. Having said that, it would be a nicer experience if the outdoor section was non-smoking.
Word to the wise – get to the rooftop at 4:30 when it opens to nab an outdoor seat as it tends to fill up very quickly.
Food & Drinks
QT Melbourne’s European influence is apparent in its dining options, as well as its design. The Pascale Bar & Grill is their fine dining restaurant, offering an extensive menu designed by QT Creative Food Director, Robert Marchetti, and Executive Chef, Paul Easson. Fresh produce is prioritised, with much of it being sourced from the hotel’s own rooftop kitchen garden.
We were excited to see the Tomahawk on the menu – a steak we had tried (and loved) at QT Canberra’s Capitol Bar & Grill. We went with other dishes this time, and each was fresh, interesting, and delectable. Pascale Bar & Grill also has breakfast every day but unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to experience it.
Hot Sauce is QT Melbourne’s other dining option, doubling as their very own laneway bar – very Melbourne. Go for its refined, Asian-inspired food options, but stay for the extensive cocktail menu. The bar staff really know what they’re doing here. The drinks were so good that we ended up going back twice in a day.
The Wrap-Up – QT Hotel Melbourne Review
QT Melbourne continues the hotel chain’s streak of well-crafted designer hotels. The attention they’ve paid to the fine details and design of the space, as well as the excellent service on offer has made it one of the best hotels in Melbourne right now. QT Melbourne would definitely be at the top of my list if a friend asked me for hotel recommendations in the city.