One of the few truly boutique hotels in town, QT Sydney has theatrical flair and fabulously edgy interiors. It's set within the historic State Theatre and Gowings department store buildings in the city's heart (cue Gothic, Italianate, and Art Deco architecture). Red-wigged, black-clad Directors of Chaos meet you at the door, the lift plays tunes geared to whether occupants are solo or in a group, and the upstairs lobby lounge is a riot of vibrant furniture and vintage travel accessories. DIY Martini kits, minibar bow ties, bowler-hat pendant lamps, and animal figurines add to the fun in the 200 rooms and suites. Sashay to Gowings Bar & Grill for seriously tempting Euro-influenced cocktails and food, complimented by Fornasetti face plates and fashion mannequins. There's also the surreally styled Parlour Lane Roasters for coffee and the Gilt Lounge for convivial cocktails. Pampering SpaQ offers a steam room and massages in an intimate lab-chic space; the retro Barber Shop harkens back to the days when dapper men received shaves with straight-edge razors.