By Rhiannon Taylor, October 2016
QT Melbourne has opened to welcome arms filling the void in the boutique hotel scene. For a city that is overflowing with hip cafes, restaurants, art galleries and events, it has had little to offer in hotels until now. Staying true to the QT spirit of reflecting its city, QT Melbourne has captured Melbourne's culture in it's design and dining.
Sassy staff strut their stuff out the front of giant bronze doors in Melbourne's CBD and entering the lobby you're greeted to chic open atrium clad with designer furniture. To the left there's a cafe serving pastries and sandwiches and the sweeping staircase leading to the restaurant is lined with an inbuilt library. Local art features heavily through the various spaces, with two event rooms available for functions.
Rooms are generous and glamourous but retain warehouse aesthetic which is intrinsically Melbourne. Some suites feature giant baths freestanding on a platform with city views and beds are custom King Koil for a dreamy sleep. There's the cheeky signature QT mini bar filled with artisanal snacks and grooming kits and room service comes fresh from Pascale, the in house restaurant. Meat is the focus at Pascale, with steaks cooked to perfect in their custom-made grill.
THE TURN DOWN
ACCOMMODATION CATEGORY: Boutique hotel.
ROOMS: With a distinct New York style loft aesthetic, the rooms have natural wooden floors and high ceilings with exposed concrete. King Koil mattresses are custom made.
MINI BAR: The mini bar is overflowing with artisan snacks, crisps and chocolates. There's a big focus on mini bottles of spirits and everything points to the guest having a good time.
FEEL: Tribeca loft.
LOCATION: Russell Street - right near the Paris end of Collins Street. Walking distance to hot restaurants and bars.
CHILDREN: Not ideal, but sure why not.
RATES: From $350 AUD p/n.
WIFI: Yes, included
RESTAURANT: Pascale has a meat focused menu. For something different try the pretzel crumbed fish. And save room for dessert - the pastry chef has serious chops.
Rhiannon stayed courtesy of QT Melbourne.