The latest edition from luxury hotel group QT is it's Bondi outlet, opening in December 2015. Formerly a haunt for Bondi's burgeoning backpacker scene, QT Bondi fills a void in the area's otherwise untapped market of boutique establishments.
Designer Nic Graham is behind the vibrant interiors and the lobby has been installed with art by Australian contemporary artist, Shaun Gladwell. Taking on a different vibe from QT's Sydney location, QT Bondi has embraced the local culture taking on a laid back, surf-chic aesthetic.
With the hotel only a short stroll from the heartbeat of town, QT Bondi has endeavored to connect guests with the best of the local offerings. A comprehensive in-room guide has an edited list of some of Bondi's finest and hippest eateries. Concierge will gladly help with reservations and the neatest trick in the book is charging your dining experience back to your room. From restaurants such as the iconic Icebergs to the newest brunch spots and bars, you can leave your wallet in your room.
With only 69 rooms, QT Bondi has stuck to it's boutique roots, with designer furniture in pops of pastel against a white backdrop with limed timber floors. Views point mostly to the city, if you book a balcony room, and the rooms are light filled with ceiling to floor windows.
The king size bed is the draw card here, custom made for QT Bondi by legendary mattress makers A.H Beard. They're plush and give the weary traveller a damn good sleep. Conveniently located smack bang in front of the bed is the flatscreen TV and a short stretch and you're raiding the infamous QT mini bar. Don't let the surf's-up, Bondi attitude fool you - comfort has not been overlooked.
The bathroom has been designed for the beach enthusiast with an overhead rain shower to wash away the day's sandy residue and body care provided by New York apothecary and lab, Malin and Goetz. Soft, black, hooded robes are incredibly luxe and perfect to don when using the room's slick kitchenette.
The gap for luxury accommodation in Bondi has officially been filled.
ROOM PICK: Anything with a balcony.
WIFI: Yes, included in your stay.
RATES: From $280 p/n.
IN ROOM: Malin & Goetz amenities, King bed, TV, lounge seating, comprehensive Bondi guide.
MINI BAR: Artisan lollies, chocolates, snacks, beard kit and other crazy QT goodies.
I stayed courtesy of QT Bondi.