Here’s your first look inside the QT Newcastle hotel

A century-old department store has been transformed into Newcastle’s newest hotel with a fresh design edge.

By Matt Lennon, December 23 2021
Here’s your first look inside the QT Newcastle hotel

Funky lifestyle accommodation chain QT Hotels is pulling back the curtains on the latest addition to its portfolio – the QT Newcastle – ahead of a grand opening in April 2022.

The QT Newcastle sits within the shell of the city’s 113-year-old former David Jones department store at 185 Hunter Street, surrounded by vibrant pubs and some great East End restaurants such as Scratchleys on the Wharf.

With the city’s scenic Foreshore Footpath just across the road, it’s also a casual 10-minute walk to the beach and Foreshore Park, popular with picnickers and a great spot to enjoy a sunset in the shadow of iconic local attraction Nobby’s Lighthouse.

Rustic and industrial decor

Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle
Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle

Inside the hotel you’ll find 104 rooms and suites including the Corner Suite King which features a bathtub overlooking the expansive Newcastle Harbour with tinted seafoam green tiles and brass fittings. Some rooms offer a balcony, while the outlook in most is a floor-to-ceiling picture window.

Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle
Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle

Long-time QT collaborator and interior designer Nic Graham (who also worked on QT hotels in Auckland, Sydney and Perth) has envisaged the room layout, which takes inspiration from Newcastle’s working-class coal mining history and applies a very industrial scope to the hotel’s design and décor.

Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle
Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle

Roughly translated, this leads to contemporary furnishings like a metal cage wardrobe, rusted red minibar and charcoal black steel cabinetry interspersed with plush sofas and bright, colourful bed throws.

Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle
Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle

Services include free Wi-Fi and car parking (both self and valet), however in line with other QT’s there’s no dedicated club lounge.

The hotel also offers meeting and private functions spaces, all under the watch of the hotel’s roving concierge and host, known in QT’s quirky style as a ‘Director of Chaos’.

Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle
Inside the QT Hotel Newcastle

Yet to be revealed is QT’s main restaurant theme, but there will also be a rooftop bar with a harbour outlook delivering great views that will serve as a capable understudy.

QT Newcastle will be part of the Priority Guest Rewards loyalty program which is free to join and offers members 10% off best price rates at participating properties.

A revitalised part of town

The redevelopment of the heritage building is part of a wider $700 million project by owners Iris Capital, who are aiming to modernise its four-block stake while retaining the casual atmosphere of a regional Australian beachside town.

Newcastle has seen several new hotels open in recent years on the back of expanded direct air routes from regional and major cities including Brisbane and Melbourne. Direct flights from Adelaide on QantasLink are also set to begin in late March 2022.

The ‘Steel City’ has always held strong ties with industrial sectors but has also seen an increase in corporate relocations after local authorities earlier this year launched the ‘New Move’ campaign which handed out $10,000 grants to encourage businesses to set up there.

Of course, there’s also the ever-present popularity of the Hunter Valley wine region, around a one-hour drive from the centre of ‘Newy’.

Newcastle saw its first five-star hotel open earlier this year in Crystalbrook Kingsley, which like QT was also an internal refurbishment after Crystalbrook Collection took over the old ‘Roundhouse’ Council Administrative Centre opposite Civic Park and turned it into a 130-room boutique hotel.

Canberra’s Little National Hotel brand also has its sights set on Newcastle and will set up shop in 2023, continuing its march north having expanded to the Sydney CBD last year.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2018

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I don’t understand the logic of a brand like QT opening in arguably one of the most boring cities in Australia, they should keep focusing on key destinations next it will be Dubbo 

Joe
Joe

03 May 2013

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The hotels in the city a dire but I agree, a QT is still a notch or two more than Newcastle will ever need! Not exactly a city on the front page of any holiday brochures.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Mar 2016

Total posts 28

 I quite like visiting Newy and welcome the QT. Given the area it is in has $2M + apartments around it and hotel prices can be very high (inc midweek) they must have done their homework to justify it.  


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