QT HOTELS EXPANSION GAME IS ON POINT RIGHT NOW
QT Hotels and Resorts, the fun-loving Australian hotel brand who won our hearts a few years ago by being one of the first Down Under hotel brands to offer free WiFi, along with in-house stylists and singing elevators, is taking their special je nais se quoi to three new cities.
First up is QT Bondi, which is set to open at Sydney’s Bondi Beach next month in the former Swiss Grand hotel. This QT will have 69 guest rooms, each expertly designed by Nic Graham of g + a in the usual quirky QT style (he did the five other QTs) yet full of bespoke and luxury touches. Original artwork by Shaun Gladwell will also adorn the lobby. Guests at this hotel, which will be the only boutique luxury hotel in Bondi, will have access to Pacific Bondi’s services and amenities, including the health club and the dining and retail district overlooking the beach. No website is up yet for Bondi, giving us pause to think that a November opening will happen, but fingers are crossed.
The next QT to check out will be QT Wellington, set for a February 2016 opening. News that QT had purchased the Museum Art Hotel leaked out this past winter/summer but now the property is in the midst of an $8 million refurbishment. When it opens, this will be QT’s first international property.
After that, QT Melbourne will strut its stuff sometime in August 2016. Currently under construction in the city’s Central Business District and a short distance to the Collins Street shopping district, QT Melbourne is planning 200 rooms, along with 24 lifestyle apartments, and exciting F&B experiences, led by QT Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti. We’re most intrigued by this description for the hotel’s interior design, once again a vision of Nic Graham:
The design philosophy is industrial-inspired, carried through in handcrafted steel, stone and timber, creating contrasting textures teamed with eclectic interiors of the guest rooms and hotel’s public spaces. Led by QT designers, renowned Interior designer Nic Graham and architectural and design expert Shelley Indyk, the dynamic duo will work collaboratively to create the visually intriguing spaces whist still incorporating signature QT quirks.
QT sounds like it’s moving well beyond cute and quirky and fully into something fierce and rebellious. Just the way we like it. And that’s not all. We hear QT is looking at opportunities in Queenstown, New Zealand. Once again, fingers crossed.
[Photo: QT Bondi Beach]