Oh my, where do I begin. This was my first time visiting the Gold Coast and my boyfriend planned it all out as a 30th birthday surprise. Usually I have a lot of input when it comes to booking hotels but this time it was all on him. And I couldn’t have been happier with his choice. We stayed at a super retro and fun hotel and this is my review of the QT Hotel Gold Coast.
QT Hotel Gold Coast – First impressions
Firstly, let me tell you this has to be one of the most Instagrammable hotels I have ever stayed in. And come on, that means a lot to us all these days right?! From the second I walked into the QT Hotel Gold Coast I wanted to whip out my iPhone and start snapping… actually that’s exactly what I did lol. From the retro cars parked out front (I already had a photo shoot planned in my mind the second I spotted them). To the airy and colourful lobby, gorgeous restaurants, the lifts where 1950’s pin up girls greeted us, and then the huge bedroom filled with quirky pieces from days gone by. My oh my this place is a social media marketer’s dream!
Check in was super simple. No annoying forms to fill out or anything. We simply walked up to the desk, were greeted by a super happy attendant and handed our key and carpark pass.
And up the lift we went to find our room. We had requested a room with beach views and we got them from every angle which was just fabulous.
QT Hotel Gold Coast – Rooms
Our room was an Ocean View King on the 8th floor, which was a little under halfway up the 297-room tower with 22 floors. But that didn’t mean our views were any less beautiful.
The rooms are huge. When you first walk in there’s a living area with balcony, bar, and separate bathroom. Then the bedroom and main ensuite. The living area and bedroom each have huge windows overlooking the ocean. And even the bathroom has ocean views which was lovely for enjoying a bath.
Our balcony had a little chair and stool set up but there’s enough room to pull out another chair if necessary which we did. The decor and colour scheme was exactly the way I would want it to be if it was my home. Fresh and bright in the lounge and bedroom with a black & white bathroom.
And the best part was all the quirky additions: a lemonade stand to squeeze our own fresh lemonade if we wanted, retro postcards, a cute cockatoo lamp, a minibar with many more additions than any normal hotel minibar, and his and hers thongs (flip flops) hanging in the bathroom if we needed. There were humorous messages scattered around the place as well – for example the bathrobes had a little message saying “In-room robe removal may result in a slap or a tickle. Permanent removal from this room may result in a swipe (of the credit card kind).”
QT Hotel Gold Coast – Restaurants
This hotel boasts some of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast and you’re totally spoilt for choice here. From the casual Fixx located near the pool and lobby where you can get some quick bites. Or the fancy Stingray where you’ll find typical Mexican tapas style dishes, or Yamagen for Japanese.
And for breakfast you can’t go wrong with the $38 buffet at Bazaar. I’ll even go as far as to say the selection rivals that of the best brunch I’ve had which was at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas. Speaking of brunch, if you’re staying on a Sunday you’ll find a brunch with mimosas and champagne available right here.
QT Hotel Gold Coast – Location
I love that this hotel is located between the river and the sea. (Rooms come with either ocean or mountain/river views so either way you’re spoilt) The beach is right on your doorstep which was perfect when we wanted to run out to catch a morning sunrise and then get back into bed. The heart of Surfer’s Paradise is only a 5 minute walk away, but far enough away so that you would never know you were in a busy tourist hub. And you can flag a taxi or catch the tram and be at other hotspots like Broadbeach (where you want to go to visit the casino or Draculas) within 15 minutes.
Other things worth mentioning
We were there for my birthday which happened to fall on Melbourne Cup day this year. We weren’t really sure what to do to celebrate. But thankfully it wasn’t too hard to decide as the hotel had a fabulous event on right there. Which was perfect stumbling distance back to our room after the 3 hours of free flowing champagne was over.
If you’re going for a special occasion let the staff know. After they saw me receive a delivery of flowers they asked me what they were for so I told them it was my 30th. And when I went up to my room there was a complimentary bottle of champagne delivered.
Speaking of staff, they were all a delight and also looked fab in their 1950’s get up. We didn’t get to use the pool but that looked fabulous as well.
And if you have a car you can park for free. Just tell the staff and they’ll give you a pass to get in and out. On check out you just leave it in a box right by the exit gate so it’s completely hassle free.
If you’re planning a trip to the Gold Coast anytime soon I highly recommend staying at the QT Gold Coast. It’s luxury meets quirky and fun for totally reasonable rates.
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For more information on QT Hotels and Resorts visit www.qthotels.com.au.
** This is my honest opinion and experience and I have been in no way compensated for this review. **