Planning a weekend trip to Sydney? A new hotel and museum partnership is making it easier for art lovers to enjoy a city break

A new partnership between one of Sydney’s best art hotels and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is offering visitors an exclusive cultural experience.

QT Hotel’s art specialist and curator, Amanda Love, says the partnership was a natural process.

“Both QT Sydney and the MCA are at the forefront of their industries in art and design,” says Love.

“This collaboration is the perfect union with many of the artists on display in QT Sydney also being exhibited at the MCA – including Daniel Boyd and Grant Stevens.”

A representative for the MCA says QT guests will have the opportunity to attend one-off events and exclusive tours of upcoming exhibitions throughout 2014.

“MCA will host six major exhibitions in this calendar year (including) Asia Pacific’s largest contemporary visual arts event, when the 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire opens on 21 March, running until 9 June.”

“During each exhibition, visitors can participate in a series of talks, workshops and guided tours.”

QT Sydney was formed into a boutique hotel in 2012 through the restoration of the Gowings and State Theatre buildings in the CBD.

“There are many quirks and nuances across all rooms in the hotel which add intrigue to the guest accommodation,” says Love.

“It is these very principles that make up the wildly eclectic collection of new medium art that has been curated throughout the hotels public areas, lifts, lobbies, dining spaces and guest rooms.”

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Recommendations for art aficionados:

  • Lunch at: Parlour Lane Roasters – a European-style café with quick breakfast/lunch options, transforming into an aperitivo bar from mid-afternoon.
  • Dine at: Gowings Bar & Grill – a restaurant with a focus on Australia’s finest produce. A European-style brassiere menu with a strong seafood accent.
  • Drink at: Gilt Lounge, positioned above Gowlings, where some of Sydney’s best bartenders offer crafted cocktails.