A NIGHT AT... QT MEL­BOURNE

A WEL­COME NEW­COMER TO THE VIC­TO­RIAN CAP­I­TAL – AND A GROWN-UP AD­DI­TION TO THE GROUP.

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Fuck, quirky is a frus­trat­ing word. Used to describe any­thing that sits beyond an ac­cepted kil­ter – like the stoner chick you liked at uni, the one who ea­gerly danced to a sound­track that quickly skipped from Buf­falo Tom to Tom Waits – as an ad­jec­tive, it’s too of­ten inad­e­quate, dis­pos­able. It’s lazy. And damn if many haven’t overused it to describe QT Ho­tels since they landed on the Gold Coast some years ago. In this con­text it’s seem­ingly a word that’s come to frame the ho­tel chain’s overuse of aqua and burnt or­ange fur­nish­ings, as well as the per­son­alised ‘el­e­va­tor mu­sic’. Or, the ob­scure bell­hops’ ‘cos­tumes’ and the fact staff are re­ferred to as ‘Direc­tors of Chaos’ – please. Thank­fully, the lat­est piece in the rapidly ex­pand­ing prop­erty group’s puz­zle cuts back on the quirk. And while that will make things ar­du­ous for some travel writ­ers, it’s very much wel­come – es­pe­cially given such stage­m­an­aged ec­cen­tric­ity wouldn’t have worked in Mel­bourne. Be­cause Mel­bourne’s long known what it likes in a ho­tel – best keep it sim­ple, stylish, muted in tone and fan­tas­tic on food. The QT Mel­bourne sits on the for­mer Greater Union cinemas site on Rus­sell Street: it’s that end of town and for that we’re al­ready fans. It means the ac­tion – that is, drink­ing, din­ing and dis­pens­ing of one’s measly in­come in de­signer bou­tiques – is all nearby. Rooms – ours a QT Ex­ec­u­tive King – are light and spa­cious, with city views, a lav­ish bed and free­stand­ing bath, with wel­come free­bies in the form of Ne­spresso cof­fee pods and ma­chines, as well as in-house movies and wi-fi (se­ri­ously, when will the rest of this coun­try catch on?). As for the food, it’s here the prop­erty will do what few oth­ers have achieved in the Vic­to­rian cap­i­tal – to make ho­tel din­ing a des­ti­na­tion. Pas­cale Bar & Grill is a Euro-style bistro that sets a broad menu. Stand­outs in­clude the pret­zel-crumbed whit­ing, the shared wagyu beef tom­a­hawk and the ‘Napoléon Blanky’ rasp­berry mille-feuille, the ap­pear­ance of which prompted some weird Ger­manic rub­ber fetish. (Just us?) Being Mel­bourne, there’s also a laneway eatery – of course there is – the breezy Jap-kor (that’s a thing) Hot Sauce, where ad­ven­tur­ous street eats in­clude the Steam and Stuff Me Baos, Tai­wanese Hot Dog and a Big Ass Bowl of Asia. As we wan­der into sum­mer, how­ever, it’s the Rooftop that’s set to act as a rather large lure. There aren’t too many rootop bars in Mel­bourne, and this airy space is ar­guably the best. Drinks served with far-reach­ing city views in­clude the sig­na­ture Rooftop at QT G&T (it’s all about the el­der­flower). In fact, from here, it’s all a lit­tle Syd­ney. Though that’s far from a bad thing – at least it’s not quirky. Rooms from $350 per night; 133 Rus­sell St, Mel­bourne, qtho­tel­san­dresorts.com/mel­bourne/

LUXE, MOD­ERN, ANY­THING BUT QUIRKY, QT MEL­BOURNE IS SIT­U­ATED AT THE RIGHT END OF TOWN.

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