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THE QT Sydney ho­tel has launched with a bang in the CBD, al­ready draw­ing ac­co­lades for Robert Marchetti’s Gow­ings Bar & Grill and the funky fitout of its 200 spa­cious gue­strooms within the her­itage makeover of the Gow­ings depart­ment store and up­per lev­els of the State The­atre. It’s all about the un­ex­pected nudge-wink de­tails here, from bowler-hat light fit­tings and cab­i­nets filled with curvy coloured glass­ware to the sexy tex­tures of soft fur­nish­ings and gleam­ing staff who look as if they’ve freshly popped from hair and makeup ses­sions (so-called di­rec­tors of chaos are in charge of guest re­la­tions). SpaQ is a haven for per­son­ally tai­lored treat­ments and its sa­lons fea­ture orig­i­nal tiles and ceil­ings. Even the el­e­va­tors are quirky — themed mu­sic plays ac­cord­ing to the num­ber of pas­sen­gers ( Just the Two of Us or Are You Lone­some Tonight? are among the mix). A less-touted fea­ture is Par­lour Lane on Mar­ket Street level for pre-the­atre din­ner from 4pm to 8pm and a Cam­par­ib­ased Ne­groni menu dur­ing the aper­i­tivo hours from 5pm to 7pm. Go for a week­end pack­age with choice of one din­ner for two or break­fasts each morn­ing or bar­ber­shop shave and one-hour spa treat­ment at spaQ. Valid to Jan­uary 31; from $325 a night (min­i­mum two nights). More: (02) 8262 0000; qt­syd­ney.com.au.

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