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Hotel Review: QT Newcastle – How is Newcastle’s new 5 star hotel located?

The QT Newcastle is a modern, upscale and affordable 5 star hotel located right in the city centre.

Officially opened on June 9, QT Newcastle is one of Newcastle’s newest 5-star hotels.

It is built in the heritage building which was once a former David Jones store and is very well located at the end of Hunter Street shopping centre, opposite the harbor and in the new East End area of ​​Newcastle.

The hotel features high-end artwork and decor, as well as designer finishes and high-end extras in the bathroom and mini-bar.

There is a rooftop bar with stunning views over Newcastle Harbor and a fine dining restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel.

Is that all? We spent the night and here’s what we thought.

QT Newcastle Hotel Details

Where: 185 Hunter Street, Newcastle
When: August 30–31, 2022
Room type: Deluxe King Bed
Guest: 1 bedroom, 2 adults
Cost: Around $350 per night for the Deluxe King

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Alison’s opinion, in brief ★★★★½

Cost: Rooms start at $260 per night, which is ideal for a 5 star hotel.
Location: Right in the city center near the port of Newcastle and only 15 minutes walk from Nobbys Beach.
Decor: Modern, elegant and original with high class design finishes.
Check-in procedure: Quick and easy with friendly service.
Bedroom: Spacious with a large bathroom and a deep soaking tub.
Facilities: Rooftop bar and gourmet restaurant and cafe on the ground floor. No gym or pool which is why I deducted a half star.

The cost

Rooms at the QT Newcastle cost between $260 and $300 for a queen, $300 and $360 for a king, and around $650 for a suite.

The price of Queen and King rooms is affordable for a 5-star hotel full of luxury finishes and located right in the city center.

For example, if you were looking for a hotel in Sydney instead, that $300 wouldn’t get you very far.

The location

QT Newcastle is located at 185 Hunter Street, Newcastle. It’s at the end of the Hunter Shopping Center in Newcastle’s new East End village area, which is dotted with cafes, restaurants and shops.

It is a 1 minute walk to the edge of Newcastle Harbor where you can follow the path along the water to Newcastle’s famous Nobbys Beach and Lighthouse or continue to Newcastle Beach and the ocean baths.

Or, follow the path in the other direction and stroll through the many popular bars and restaurants of Honeysuckle on the water.

QT Newcastle from the street
QT port

The decor

I loved the decor of this hotel. It was quirky and interesting while having a luxury and designer feel. The hotel is full of modern artwork, designer fixtures, and dim lighting from lamps and light fixtures.

The restaurant, Jana, uses earth-toned linens, ceramic plates and saucers that look like individual handmade pieces, and high-end Italian cutlery that adds to the luxurious feel of the place.

Artwork by QT Newcastle.

QT Newcastle art on the hallway walls.


I stayed in the Deluxe King room. The room was spacious, with a large king bed, a large open bathroom, a large wardrobe that looked like an industrial locker, and a mini bar with a range of cocktail, spirit and liqueur mixers.

The window overlooked the harbor and you can watch the boats go by. It was lovely in the morning and let in the morning sun.

QT King Room

QT Newcastle bathroom

The bathroom in my room was stunning, with modern earth-green tiles, brushed copper fittings and luxury sliding doors creating an open space if desired. The bathroom was complete with designer toiletries including Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner and a Dyson hair dryer.

My favorite part was the deep soaking tub – such a luxury!

The room was really quiet and I couldn’t hear any noise from the hallway or neighboring rooms.

The only thing I heard was the eerie honking of ships during the night, which is such an iconic Newcastle sound that it didn’t even bother me.

QT Newcastle view from bedroom window.

QT Newcastle Minibar

The food

We enjoyed cocktails and light fare at the rooftop bar in the early evening, with the balcony overlooking the harbour. The bar has beautiful decor with a ceiling full of pendant lights, brushed gold finishes, and olive trees in large cement pots. There’s a great selection of wines and spirits, plus a range of cocktails based on classics with a more premium twist.

You can choose from a range of fine snacks, including oysters, caviar and sashimi. More casual options include gyozas, fish tacos, and fries. The shrimp gyozas were absolutely delicious.

Jana is a gourmet restaurant located on the ground floor of the hotel, where we dined.

There is a range of premium cuts of steak to choose from, as well as seafood and truffle pasta options. The wine list was extensive, with hundreds of wines to choose from (we were happy to take our server’s suggestion here).

Snacks at the QT Newcastle bar

Snacks at the QT Newcastle bar - oysters and cocktails.

The check-in/check-out process

Check-in was quick and smooth and the staff was very friendly.

The check-in desk is right inside the hotel’s main entrance, so you don’t have to worry where to go. You can also check in 24/7 which is great if you are arriving at night.

The installations

The hotel’s main facilities are the rooftop bar and gourmet restaurant. There is no gym or swimming pool at the hotel.

It features free Wi-Fi, valet parking, a 24-hour front desk and room service.

QT Newcastle fine dining at Jana Restaurant.

QT Newcastle Rooftop Bar

The verdict

I really enjoyed my stay at the QT Newcastle and would stay there again and recommend it to friends and family visiting Newcastle. Even though I already live in Newcastle, staying here for the night felt like a luxury getaway in another city.

I loved the modern and designer finishes throughout the hotel. Having a sunset drink at the rooftop bar was a highlight of our stay. I think for the quality of the rooms and the upscale little extras, this is a great price.

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Alison Banney stayed at the QT Newcastle as a guest of the hotel.

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