:: QT Hotel Canberra ::

Over the weekend we took a trip to our nation’s capital; Canberra. We went with our good friends Syaz & Brendon and ate good food, drank a lot, laughed til our bellies hurt, visited art galleries and museums, and stayed at the QT Hotel.

The QT Canberra is a beautiful hotel with a stylish interior.

Apparently it used to be a Rydges hotel, but has obviously gone under a big fancy refurb.

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[pics above stolen from the internet, the rest are my own]

The onsite restaurant, Capitol Bar and Restaurant, is excellent (similar to it’s sister QT hotel & Gowings restaurant in Sydney). Stand-out wait staff (the floor manager Jason was super friendly) are professional while still having fun, and the food is great; steak, seafood and French-inspired classics, with a good wine list.

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Lucky’s Bar is a hidden gem. Literally hidden! You have to enter through the Barber shop, which gives it that extra hint of exclusiveness. We sat here, drinking for 3 hours before dinner and had many cocktails; their dirty vodka martini is the bomb, as is the old fashioned! The bar staff are friendly and there is laid back live music to groove to.

The hotel has cute bikes with baskets for hire, although they were all out the two times we tried to hire them.

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The room is gorgeous with enough room to for comfortability, great views (above) and some thoughtful touches like the fluffy bath robe, Nespresso coffee machine, free WiFi and on demand movies.

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There were only 3 negatives; the shower spills over onto the bathroom floor making it a bit tricky to navigate when slippery, the bed isn’t the most comfy and the noise in the hall, even on level 8, from the wedding reception being held in the hotel, was really loud.

Parking is acceptable at $12 flat rate per night.

The hotel is super centrally located within short drive to the museums and galleries, and an easy stroll to The Cupping Room cafe and other bars and restaurants if you don’t want to drink/eat onsite.

Would definitely stay here again!

I wrote this review on TripAdvisor, which you can find here:
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowUserReviews-g255057-d256307-r373895623-QT_Canberra-Canberra_Greater_Canberra_Australian_Capital_Territory.html#

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gowings bar & grill

Gowings Bar & Grill is located in the QT Hotel on Market St in the city.

It is my new Sydney favourite restaurant! I went there for a work celebration lunch about 2 months ago and then again last month for my 35th birthday with Jay.

Here are some pics of this deliciously magical place!

QT hotel reception lounge
QT hotel reception lounge
paying homage to Gowings
paying homage to Gowings
the entrance to Gowings Bar & Restaurant
the entrance to Gowings Bar & Restaurant

The Gowings building was established in 1868 and has sat dormant for many years after the family owned department chain went out of business in 2001.

QT boutique hotel chain opened on the premises in 2012 and within it’s first year of operation Gowings Bar & Restaurant received a Chef’s Hat!

getting our Veuve on
getting our Veuve on
yellowfin tuna tartar
yellowfin tuna tartar
grilled barramundi
grilled barramundi
various shots of deliciousness
various shots of deliciousness
Jay & Melly mucking around
Jay & Melly mucking around

To visit, check out the details [here].