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Not only is Australian hotel brand QT Hotels and Resorts motoring on with its expansion game, it’s mixing things up with a creative contest and a chance to stay at its latest Melbourne property for free. What’s not to love?

The opening of QT Melbourne, in the city’s CBD, is mere weeks away, with doors being unlocked on September 5. Getting in for free, along with tickets to the launch party, can be achieved as follows: submit an interpretation of a hotel room number – between 1 and 101 – through Instagram under the hashtag #RoomNumberRedo. What kind of interpretation? That’s entirely up to you.


Don’t restrict yourself to painting or sketching something: dance, sing, cook, write, whatever you think will wow the panel of ten judges. If you win, your work will be displayed during the launch party. As we write this, 96 room numbers are still available – check out the website for the latest and below for a few of our current faves. The competition closes on September 18.

What else can you expect when QT Melbourne opens? A total of 188 rooms (and 24 residences, in case you want to move in permanently), ‘all with a touch of quirk’, but what that quirk is the hotel isn’t revealing just yet on its website. Pascale Bar & Grill will feature an open kitchen and a menu influenced ‘by Euro bistros’, while Rooftop at QT is the hotel’s bar (one guess only for where you’ll find it). Hot Sauce is a late night restaurant for Korean and Japanese food, and the Cake Shop is the patisserie to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Rooms are still available on opening night, with flexible rates starting at AU$280 (that’s about £163 / $214 at the moment). Up next for QT? Wellington.

[Images: QT Hotels, ’36’ by Kelly Thompson, @kellythompsoncreative; ’81’ by Msihua, @msihua; ‘4’ by Marty Stohl; ’59’ by Fabrizio Biviano, @fabriziobiviano; ’14’ by Chris Hillary, @chillary]


Paul J DeVries
Paul J DeVries is a freelance travel writer and was previously a contributing editor for Based in London, he knows the city's hotel scene inside out, while also covering the latest in destinations around the world. When not checking out a new hotel, he checks in on the airlines and inflight products that get you there.

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