Caroline Clements

QT Melbourne
  • Where:Melbourne, Australia
  • Why:Indulgent chill-out session in our home city.
  • When:February 2017
  • Who:Me and @helloscruffalo
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One the Directors of Chaos who greets you at the door. Apparently the hotel has an in-house stylist who does their hair & make-up before a shift.

Me in the lobby amongst the eclectic, custom furniture.

The lobby, with brass-reception desk engraved with scenes from the Paris end of Collins Street; staff dressed by Broadway costume designer Janet Hine; and the Coitus Interruptus, a blue double-chaise lounge with armrest running down the middle.

More interesting pieces on the landing. Go for a wander and see what you find.

Stuffed peacock overlooking the lobby, one of the weird and wondering interior details.

On the ground floor is a patisserie and aperitivo bar The Cake Shop, serving pastries made by a Robuchon-trained pastry chef inside the hotel’s temperature-controlled pastry cube.

One of the said treats (a matcha petit four) – delivered to your room for afternoon tea.

The QT Executive King room with super comfy bed.

Views from the bathroom with doors that open out on to the room.

Lounging in the room with great reading material.

Rooftop bar with killer city views. The split indoor-outdoor space on the 11th floor of the hotel can hold 185 people. Furniture is by Melbourne designers, Tait.

More colour details of custom artworks and furniture.

Highs & Lows

  • The location here can’t be faulted. There’s no better place to stay as a visitor to Melbourne.

  • The food offering is impressive at QT Melbourne. There are four stand-alone venues here – Pascale Bar & Grill, Cakeshop, Rooftop Bar, Hot Sauce bar (Japanese-Korean street food).

  • QT Hotels are known for their eclectic taste and the interior styling here is a lot of fun. Taking inspiration from the hotel’s surroundings, a lot of thought has been put into all of the details offering a very cool, creative inner-city feel.

  • There is a rooftop garden but it’s not open to public.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 44/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Contemporary boutique hotel with an eclectic, industrial-chic fit-out.

  • Vibe

    Sassy, fun, inner-city cool.

  • Location

    Super central, right in the heart of the CBD - the place to be.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    French hip hop in the hallways, electronic disco in the elevators.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    The building was designed by Sydney-based architect Angelo Candalepas. The rooms and public spaces were designed by interior designer Nic Graham and architect and designer Shelley Indyk.

  • Pool/Gym

    No pool but a small gym.

  • Restaurant

    An entire floor is dedicated to the hotel’s restaurant, Pascale. It’s headed by ex-Rockpool chef Paul Easson and is European in focus.

  • Bar

    Yes, two: a rooftop bar with grand city views, and a 30-seater Japanese-Korean laneway bar called Hot Sauce.

  • Minibar

    It's filled with quality spirits (such as Grey Goose vodka and West Winds gin), wine, snacks (rocky road, chocolate bars, chips) and a bottle of hot sauce.

  • Children

    Leave them at home.

  • Price

    Reasonably priced for a boutique designer hotel in the city.

Coffee in the bustling heart of downtown Melbourne.

Market Lane Coffee

8 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Coffee in the bustling heart of downtown Melbourne.

Japanese / Korean bar.

Hot Sauce

133 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Japanese / Korean bar.

The knife shop.


133 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

The knife shop.

QT Melbourne

133 Russell St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

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