We spent a week on the Gold Coast for work recently and stayed at a few different places, there are plenty of accommodation options here and many bargains to be had, each have their pros and cons, but this is what we thought...
First the QT, which was once the Gold Coast International I believe.
This is a basic hotel room with two queen beds, however if you are only sleeping in the room I quite like this Hotel, it has a really good vibe (a little bit retro/cool) and the restaurant is actually quite good. Just a short walk to the beach and Surfers main strip.
Thongs and robes in room and a free diy lemonade delivered to your door on arrival.
Views to the hills (or ocean if you pay a little extra) and fun furniture.
Large modern shower.
Next we went to Q1 and stayed in a two bedroom apartment on the 40th floor. It had lovely views, especially from the main bedroom and bath.
Can you see something hanging from the tall building? I zoomed in and saw workers in a basket (see below). There is so much to see from up here, we watched storms roll in and emergency vehicles, people playing tennis, surfers, etc etc etc.
Watching the wheel at dusk whilst running the spa bath was really quite relaxing.
These apartments are big, plenty of room here. They have all you need in the way of cooking and laundry facilities, but each one seems to be decorated a little differently, which we found out after moving rooms because our air conditioner was not working and it was quite sticky up there.
The boys really enjoyed watching from this height, we played eye spy and watched all the lights come on.
There isn't a restaurant inside the building, however down below there are plenty of options for dine in or take away.
The pools are good and you just walk across the road to the beach and a few more steps brings you to the main street of Surfers Paradise.
These are those workers I mentioned...hmmm not something I would want to try.
Next we moved to Silvershore Apartments near Runaway Bay.
We had a two bedroom here also, but it was tiny compared to Q1, however it really has more than enough room for 4 people...
These are new apartments and each individually decorated. I didn't quite get used to the glass wall or the decorating theme in this one, however it was comfortable and clean. We stayed on the water side which is also on a main peak hour road and it was noisy even at the top level 9, sometimes it was hard to hear each other sitting outside on the balcony, perhaps the hinterland side would be quieter. It is an easy walk to a few restaurants and Charis seafood.
On one of our walks into Surfers we stumbled on a new wood fired pizza place called Vapiano which was fun looking, it had a basil plantation in the middle of it and the Margharita was ok too!