Restoring a historic department store, or even a theater, doesn't sound too outlandish. Restoring both and then turning them into a hotel? That's significantly more original. And that's exactly what happened with Design Hotels' QT Sydney. Housed in the heritage-listed Gowings department store and State Theatre, the central business district hotel offers 200 guest rooms, each designed to accentuate the unique design features of the buildings' pasts, while adding in a number of sleek contemporary elements. Most rooms include an oversized tub and shower, flat panel TVs, and sexy lighting, while outside your door, you'll find the Gowings Bar & Grill, the spaQ, a lively lobby that's connected to a café and wine bar, and the Gilt Lounge for late-night entertainment — so there's basically no reason to leave if you don't want to.