This ticks off everything I look for in a hostel:
Clean, fresh sheets given to every single customer.
Lockers which really work.
Cheap drinks and not-terrible food.
Places to charge electronics in rooms.
Organised pub crawls at night to top Gold Coast nightspots.
Whatever cleaners they hire are worth the cost, I don't think I've ever stayed at a more well kept hostel. I didn't feel uncomfortable at any point of time. I liked staying here a lot, and the cost was as low as anything I've ever seen in Australia.
There's a pool, a bar, a restaurant, a pool table, a lounge area, a table tennis table, etc.
One of their staff is a former world surfing champion and gives classes for $40.
We stayed in this complex which is located within walking distance of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach (where there are quite a few restaurants located).
The rooms are all holiday apartments with self catering facilities, and the complex also has a tennis court, a decent sized pool and spa as well, and is reasonably priced.
The resort itself is one block from the beach.
There is also a bus stop right outside with buses going to Seaworld and Pacific Fair shopping complex.
Not to be confused with Paradise Resort, the Paradise ISLAND Resort is absolute crap...it's TERRIBLE and I wouldn't send my worst enemy there! DO NOT stay there.
We stayed at the Paradise Island Resort in August 2010, booking through WotIf. It's in a great location and the layout of the room was quite good but they are the only positives of our stay. The negatives?!?! Well, where do I start... The stove top kept cutting in and out, the fry pan had no handle, the rice cooker had no lid, the power point in the kitchen was smashed open, the grill on the bedroom balcony door was locked shut (looked as if someone had tried to pry it open), the balcony was dirty and grose, the cupboard door handle fell off, the bedroom door wouldn't shut properly, the Kids Club was 'not running' because the play equipment was 'damaged and worn out', the pool wasn't heated, we asked for a vaccum cleaner or broom but couldn't have one because the cleaners would cost too much to call in (!!!!), the TV remote wouldn't work, the cultery & crockery was all mismatched & chipped/dirty/marked...oh I'm sure there were more things but you get the drift...
If we hadn't had 2 kids and 2 friends staying with us (ie HEAPS of stuff to have to pack) we would have left after day one.
We have enjoyed overnight stays at the Radisson Resort on the Gold Coast a couple of times in the last six months. By booking through our auto club we have received a very good room rate of AUD 105. Not bad for an hotel with four and a half star rating. Having recently stayed at a Great Western Hotel on the left bank in Paris, we made comparisons between the two. Paris: AUD 250 for a room about twice the size of the bed in the Radisson with bathroom too small for cat swinging....no contest in the value stakes.
The rooms in the Radisson are extra large with balconies overlooking the pool or the golf course and are equipped with a king sized bed plus lounge. Rooms have mini-bars (refrigerator), tv, broadband connection and wireless connectivity, ironing board and iron, hair dryer, pull-out washing line over the bath etc. etc.
The standard of accommodation is exceptional and the staff are very attentive. We arrived a couple of hours after our nominated check-in time and had a delay of a minute or two while reception checked with house keeping for a suitable room. Reception was very apologetic and gave us a voucher for a free drink or 25% off the breakfast buffet at Chelos Restaurant and Bar.
We have enjoyed eating at the restaurant both from the a la carte menu or the buffet. If one books the buffet at the check-in stage, there is a $5 dollar discount.
Parking is underground and secure. Reception will organize a bell boy to deliver your luggage to the door to save you lifting cases up the stairs from the car park.
Rooms for people with a disability are available close to the restaurant which has wheel-chair access.
Shuttle buses to other Gold Coast sites stop at the resort.
Toll Free Booking numbers:
1 800 333 333 (Australia toll-free)
0800 44 33 33 (New Zealand toll-free)
1-800-395-7046 (US/Canada Toll-free)
We will be back to enjoy the cost effective high standard accommodation and the excellent service.
Southern Cross Apartments may have seemed pricey at first but after a few nights the cost looked to be more than worth it. Waking to the sunshine and fresh sea air coming in off the balcony was refreshing and enticed me down to the beach just outside. For some a hotel is just a place to spend idle time and rest their head at night, but from experience I think Southern Cross will change their minds. The facilities are outstanding for anyone looking to work on the beach bod a bit more before putting on show out on the sands and the comfort inside the rooms really makes it hard to choose between afternoon baking in the sun or relaxing a few stories up watching the world go by from the room.
Pool, spa, great location, fantastic view, plush rooms.
Hi,I can recommend Warringa Surf Holiday Apartments. Our family has stayed at this place twice. Quite handy to everything and just a block (from memory) to the beach and rate is quite affordable. They have 1-2 room self contained apartments. Do check them out.
I hope this helps.
Accommodations available are 1 and 2 Bedroom Self Contained apartments with either pool, garden or ocean views, has fully-equiped kitchens which I found great with family trips, in-room laundry facilities and the ones we've had had balconies. I believe they all have balconies.
Property has Heated Pool & Sauna, BBQ facilities, Wireless Internet, it is 100m from beach and has Secure Covered Parking
Our stay here was very pleasant, the place was clean, modern and near to all the amenities. But, it can be noise being in the centre of SUrfer's Paradise.
Iluka Beach Resort is a major tourist destination on the Gold Coast, and is perfectly positioned on the beach front in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Iluka offers accommodation in hotel suites as well as self contained 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. All 1 and 2 bedroom apartments offer great ocean views. Units and suites are serviced on a weekly basis. The building has a guest laundry, large swimming pool (heated in winter), spa, sauna, exercise room, games room, security parking and BBQ facilities.
It is near everything - especially dining options. However, it can be very crowded and chaotic day and night around the area!
Our apartment had two rooms and we got two of everything- telly, fridge, etc..so the kids were happy. There is also a balcony in the lounge so we were careful to make sure the kids do not go to the balcony without an adult present. Good thing they lisftened to us!
These apartments are not exactly beachfront, they are tucked in behind the beachfront ones, but there is a path that takes you to the beach. Surf Lifesavers patrol the beach. You can get 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms. All are clean and fully self-contained. There are two enourmous pool areas, one heated and one cold. There are BBQ areas, a sauna, a children's games room and an internet cafe. Undercover parking is provided. It is a very big complex, but even during the Xmas week it didn't feel crowded. It is about 6.5kms from Surfers Paradise.
We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment which cost about AUD$350 per night...pretty good for the busiest week of the year!
This is a great place to stay and it was one of the cheapest.
The motel section is relatively new and the rooms are quite large. The site also offers power and un-powered sites for caravans and tents.
The location is great for the theme parks. It's across the road from MovieWorld and from there you can catch a bus to DreamWorld or back into Surfers Paradise (15mins). You can buy tickets to all the parks at the reception for a cheaper price and you wont have to wait for the line at the park.
It's a nice quiet location even thought it is on a main highway there is no traffic noise.
A short walk down the road you will find a few take away places like Subway, Maccas, KFC and a Chinese restaurant. There are also a few small convenient shops.
Each room has tea & coffee facilities, phone, air conditioning and celing fan and Austar TV with selected channels.
Swimming Pool / Tennis Courts / Jumping pillow / ½ basketball court / Beach Volleyball / Giant Chess board / Kayak hire
Conference Room / Internet Kiosk / Electric and Gas Barbeques / 24 Hour Laundry Room / LPG Refill / Security Boom Gates
I've just returned from a five-day stay at the Gold Coast, staying at the Islander Resort Hotel in Surfer's Paradise. This is just a modest, three-star hotel with practical and simple amenities that include a swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant. Its central location meant that it was positioned very conveniently from the beaches, shopping centres, eateries and of course, the Cavil Mall and Orchid Avenue. I really wouldn't want to stay in posher places which I'll most possibly see for about only six hours a day. The double bed was comfortable with clean sheets, more than enough pillows, toilet came with hot water for the showers and clean towels, coffee/tea-making facilities, an old-fashioned but quiet air-conditioning in the room and a TV set that kept me entertained the few minutes before falling asleep every night. Hotel staff was friendly and helped me to confirm my shuttle bus back to the airport. Breakfast was satisfactory enough although from the Asian perspective, there weren't enough choices for us. It's boring eating cereals, beef sausages, eggs, bread, etc, every day. I took lunch there once. Price was reasonable and the food delicious. Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Islander.
It was one of the worst holidays that I have had. We had an apartment which is also on the same site as the hotel and a backpackers too. The room was old and outdated. The room had a funny smell. The bathroom with really old. There was not enough hot water in the mornings for 2 people to have shower.
This beautiful hotel is not even 6 months old. (Date today is the 28th May 2007).
Artique is situated in a great location of Surfers Paradise, its in a great spot as its not right in the middle of the busy and toruisty area but just outside the area.
About a 5 min walk to all the main shops, restaurants, nightclubs, fast food outlets beaches and also tour drives.
Artique is a great atmosphere with fully furnished apartments if you are just holidaying or you can actually buy or rent the apartments if you love them that much. You can rent or buy them fully furnished or non furnished.
The furniture is beautiful so temporary and elegant and very calmy. Make it feel so relaxing.
Artique has 30 rooms all made beautifully. There are 1 and 2 bedroom units (a few 3 bedrooms are available) all with their own self contained kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.
All Apartments feature:
Audio Intercom System
Colour TV With Cable
Kitchen - Fully Equipped With Quality European Appliances
Laundry (Washer, Dryer & Iron)
Telephone STD / ISD
Bedding Configuration are:
1 Bedroom with a Queen bed
2 Bedroom with a Queen bed plus 2 single beds.
Max people in room are:
1 Bedroom max allowed people in room are - 3 people
2 Bedroom max allowed people in room are - 5 people
Parking (Security, Undercover)
Pool (Partly Covered Outdoor Heated Pool)
Poolside BBQ Area
Private Theatrette – Free To In House Guests
Sauna, Steam Room
Unique Virtual Golf Simulation Games Room – Free To In House Guests
Ever wanted to stay in the tallest residential building in the World? Well then the Gold Coast is the place to be & that hotel would be the recently brand new hotel called the Q1.
The building of the Q1 was finished in 2006.
The Q1 had roughly around 80 floors which also includes the Observation deck. (See my what to do tips which will tell you about the Observation deck).
This 1330 step building has 526 rooms consiting of one, two & three bedrooms apartments.
What is very interesting is its not just a normal lift taking you to your rooms its a lift that only takes 42.7 seconds from the ground right up to the 77th floor (which is the end of the room floors), if you need to go to the Observation deck then you take a different lift but still it gets there quick also.
The Q1 building is 332.5 metres high with 11 lifts. Now that is alot of lifts in one building.
This is the 20th tallest building but the 1st tallest residential building in the world.
This is a beautiful building with wonderful fully furnished or non furnished (non furnished is if you are planning to move into the Q1) apartments. Everything from the shower to the bedrooms & the kitchen is just awesome, it makes you feel like you are as rich as anything.
*A One Bedroom consists of:
-1 queen bed or 2 single beds
-Max persons is 4 in the room
-Spa bath with separate shower
-Minimum size of 84 square metres
-Fully self contained kitchen & luandry facilities
-Private glass enclosed balconies with sliding windows
*A Two Bedroom consists of:
-1 queen bed & 1 king bed or 1 king bed & 2 single beds or just 4 single beds
-Max persons is 6 in the room
-2 bathrooms one of them with a spa bath
-Minimum size of 104 square metres
-Fully self contained kitchen & luandry facilities
-Private glass enclosed balconies with sliding windows
*A Three Bedroom consists of:
-2 queen beds & 1 king bed or 1 queen bed & 4 single beds or just 6 single beds
-Max persons is 8 in the room
-2 bathrooms also 3 toilets
-Minimum size of 200 square metres
-Fully self contained kitchen & laundry facilities
-Private glass enclosed balconies with sliding windows
Facilities at the Q1 are:
-Lobby & reception
-Undercover & outside carpark
-Heated lap pool
-Fitness & steam rooms
-Childrens game room
-Beach club Cafe
-Retail shops & restaurants
Rude staff, 1980's interior decoration, broken lifts and no water pressure in the morning when I wanted to wash my hands after going to the toilet.
We arrived on Sunday night only to be told that the bar and restaurant had closed early.
This then turned into a battle to get any food or refreshments.
We eventually managed to order a pizza which was going to take 1 hour to prepare.
When I asked for some nuts to snack on until the pizza arrived, I was told "no the nuts are locked away"
This is meant to be a world class hotel chain. You get better service at a Seven Eleven in a third world shanty town.
Built in the 1980's and appears to have remained there in regards to every aspect including maintenance, style and customer service.
If you have already booked here, I feel very sorry for you and highly recomend you cancel your booking and look for a real Hotel.
I remember my stay here as being fantastic. It was my first experience of holiday away from home and family. Everything was new and exciting. I had flown to Coolangatta airport...don't remember how I got from there to the guest house but I know that I had a feeling of expectancy. I had a lovely little room in this large homey sort of building and it had a door onto a long verandah. I can remember meeting heaps of young people like myself and I joined into the life of sharing fun and games with everyone there. I can remember being very surprised at trying to get into my bed the second night, only to discover that I had been short-sheeted....up until that time I didn't even know of the expression...LOL.
The guest house was situated just up the hill from the beach and there was a rock pool there as well. I recall that they had a number of table tennis tables there too...I was quite good at that and thoroughly enjoyed pitting my skills against other guests. All in all I had a wonderful time.
Greenmount Guest Resort which replaced the guest house looks great and the details of accommodation available may be found at :-http://www.greenmountresort.com.au/
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