“All the lonely people, where do they all come from?” The Beatles are playing in the elevator where I'm standing, alone. I hop out in the lobby and greet my partner and two ladies in bright red wigs and funky black outfits complete with caps, boots and waistcoats smile at us. We step back into the lift and as we ascend 'Just the Two of Us' starts playing. Then the lift stops and a couple step in to join us. Salt-N-Pepa chimes in with “Oh baby, baby.” We both smile as the notion of body sensors in our lift hits home. Very clever.
The elevator is one of many quirky elements that have people still talking about QT Sydney, even though it opened its doors a few years ago. There's always something fresh and funky for guests to check out, such as the ever-evolving cocktail list at the Gilt Lounge with its retro-chic decor, and in Gowings Bar & Grill — a cool warehouse-style space — there always seems to be a celebrity hanging out. And the quirky architecture — including a lobby wall made entirely of luggage, retro camera cases and old hat boxes — entices lovers of bold, unusual design.
When it's time to leave, the Director of Chaos (aka concierge) ensures we're off to somewhere fun, and the red-wigged door lady dips her cap in farewell. The lift says ‘Ohhhh’ as someone else steps out. Oh indeed – we don’t want to leave this little slice of QT wonderland.