The venue has divided its 200 rooms into 12 individual styles, each one so packed with features it’s difficult to know where to start. You have a look at the pictures and give it a go yourselves. In one of the more understated rooms you’ll see a couple of bowler hats suspended from the ceiling, as seen at the very different accommodation in London’s Safestay hostel but that’s where the similarities stop – this place is definitely at the other end of the spectrum.
While we like a modern place which isn’t afraid to go to town, one can’t help wonder if a place with the illuminated word “hip” jauntily placed in the bar may not be trying a bit too hard – it’s perhaps a word that’s a little old and worn out, and in need of replacing, like my dad’s. Having said that, we could still happily wander around the place for a whole day just taking in the abundance of splendid eye candy.
The hotel has been born from two adjacent buildings, the heritage-listed State Theatre and Gowings department store, and with the looks to match the location, this hotel won’t be on the QT for very long.