Escape to the QT Gold Coast

Nikki Parkinson Travel 35 Comments

Since we moved from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane so many have asked us whether we miss the beach.

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Of COURSE we miss the beach. Having it on our doorstep was something we tried not to take for granted when we lived at the Coast.

This meant that most holidays and long weekends we’d stay put.

As a commuter, the last thing Mr SY was up for was more driving.

As beach lovers, we wanted to make the most of the fact we lived AT the beach.

Easy.

What’s taken us a while to realise now that we’re officially “Brissos” is that it’s standard practice on holidays and long weekends to leave the city and seek out the very thing we used to stay at home for.

The beach.

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Most beach-loving Brissos will head north to our old home, the Sunshine Coast, or south to the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales. Some will travel to North Stradbroke (Straddie); others will head even further north, 4WDs loaded up for an escape to Fraser Island.

With the realisation that a long weekend would soon be upon us and work commitments preventing our escaping early on the Thursday to venture somewhere further afield (the past two years we’ve flown south to spend Easter on NSW’s Central Coast with the Woogs), I made the executive decision that it was time I showed Mr and Master SY the QT Gold Coast hotel.

QT Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast

See, I’d visited the hotel twice before, staying as part of a huge, annual blogging conference. These stays not only ensured I fell in love with the hotel but gave me the intel on which room type to book should I ever be returning with the family (see #9 below).

The QT Gold Coast is about 10 minutes walk north of Cavill Avenue. The building’s exterior is not new (it’s the old Gold Coast International Hotel building for those who remember back IN THE DAY) but step inside and it’s Gold Coast relaxed, retro glam all the way.

Like all the hotels in the QT chain, it’s packed with personality to suit its location.

I love the decor, staff uniforms and numerous small touches such as a free lemonade stall in the lobby (or ingredients to your room) but there are many more reasons why I’d happily return.

QT Gold Coast - fresh lemonade in your room

1. The staff genuinely seem to like working there. The hotel was at capacity across the Easter weekend but every staff member we encountered had a smile on their face and a “can-do” attitude.

2. You really don’t need to leave the hotel for good food options. The Bazaar Restaurant offers probably THE best hotel buffet my accompanying buffet aficionados have ever encountered. According to the hotel’s website, it’s not a buffet, it’s “an enticing international mosaic of foods in a deluxe street stall setting”. You help yourself to food so in my books it’s a buffet, a fancy buffet yes. At night time you can order a steak cooked to your specifications as well as starters – but you order those at the chef’s station. Same goes in the morning at the omelette station.

QT Gold Coast - Bazaar Restaurant - Breakfast

QT Gold Coast - Bazaar Restaurant - Dinner

Iconic Gold Coast Japanese teppanyaki grill restaurant Yamagen is also on site. I stuffed up with the restaurant bookings, didn’t I? In my head I had Yamagen down for Sunday evening so booked Bazaar for Thursday night. Except Yamagen is not open Sunday or Monday. Fail. Now I’m sitting here on a Tuesday badly wanting a teppanyaki fix.

The food that can be ordered from the Stingray bar is top notch too. Particularly top notch when fish tacos are ordered and eaten poolside and downed with a margarita of any description.

QT Gold Coast - poolside

3. If you really want to leave the hotel for food, pretty much everything you could ever want on any budget is five to 10 minutes’ walk away. The heart of Surfers is, however, not for the faint of heart. So. Many. People. Our people-induced tension eased when we stepped off the street and up into Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill restaurant at Surfers Paradise Hilton. Breathe. And Eat.

Luke Mangan's Salt Grill - Hilton Hotel - Surfers Paradise

4.  Surf clubs are always on the money for location and family-friendly offerings. Quite a few families we know were holidaying at the Gold Coast over the weekend so 20 of us descended on the Kurrawa Surf Club at Broadbeach. The kids played a marathon handball tournament (without fights!) in view of us from the deck upstairs, the mums sipped on a champers (or six), the dads downed beers while watching three games of footy on three different TVs. Everyone’s a winner.

Kurrawa Surf Club - Broadbeach - full moon

5. There is a patrolled beach straight down the front from the QT. It’s not Surfers’ main beach but this is a good thing as it’s not as crowded but is still safe to swim at between the flags.

Surfers Paradise - Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise - Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise - Gold Coast - SunnyJim shelter

6. Gold Coast’s new light rail/tram system makes it very easy to get around and avoid carpark nightmares at shopping centres. There is a stop just down from the QT Hotel and we caught it to the end of the line at Broadbeach for a quick shop at Pacific Fair.

7.  It’s worth getting out the car from the basement carpark to visit The Village Markets. These are on at Burleigh Heads and Paradise Point on alternate Sundays. Check the website for dates. Don’t think I didn’t shop up a storm (home decor pieces and boardies for Mr SY) and down a fresh, gluten-free donut and a fresh pineapple and coconut shaved ice.

The Village Markets - Gold Coast

8. Any hotel that comes with an in-house spa offering superior levels of pampering is always going to get my thumbs up. It will not surprise you if you’re aware of my self-publicised and acknowledged Spa Rat status that I’ll always book a spa treatment in advance of a hotel/spa stay. I’ve done so at each of my stays at the QT and am not one to break this kind of habit. I was in *need* of a facial so I didn’t muck around, opting for the USPA Concept Facial – 90 minutes of bliss that started with a foot scrub and back massage and ended with me snoring and drooling sometime between the exfoliation, therapeutic face and head massage and the hydration treatment. More info here.

SpaQ - QT Gold Coast

SpaQ - QT Gold Coast

9.  Being able to book a hotel room with an “extra” room is always a bonus when travelling with kids. I’d stayed in the King Suite Ocean View rooms with my blogging roomies, Mrs Woog and BabyMac so I had the heads up that this was the room to book when travelling with our youngest – especially for more than one night. These particular rooms are on the corner of the building and have a lounge area with sofa bed, bar, powder room on one side and a king bed and ensuite with Japanese deep soak bath on the other side. Master SY declared the sofa bed the most comfy ever. We declared the ability to shut the door and switch the lights out on his side the best hotel room configuration ever.

QT Gold Coast - King Suite Ocean View

QT Gold Coast - King Suite Ocean View

We booked our Easter stay through the QT’s hotel rewards program, Priority Guest Rewards. It’s worth joining before you book as you’ll save at least 10% on the lowest hotel room rate, plus at least 20% off meals and drinks at the hotel where you’re staying. 

Have you ever stayed at the QT Gold Coast? Are you a regular Gold Coast visitor? Share what you love to do and where you like to stay.

Comments 35

  1. It’s funny to read about the GC in a tourist sense. My in-laws live there so I have been holidaying at “the coast” for 30 years (eep! that long?! how did that happen?!) and know it possibly better than my home city, so I knew exactly where you were when you said the old Gold Coast International. As the children have grown we decided that having a houseful of noisy children was not conducive to my in-laws having a nice time (no matter how much they love them) so we now stay in a unit as close to the beach as humanly possible and the in-laws visit us. Most memorable was a house at Mermaid Beach that was absolute beachfront. That is currently ranked “the holiday to beat”. I’m going to save the QT as a husband only getaway, children are almost old enough to fund their own fancy hotel rooms 😉

  2. Oh No you missed out on dinner at Yamagen 🙁
    I would be devastated if that happened to me … it is one of the BEST Japanese restaurants in SE QLD!!!
    Thanks for the tip on the hotel room, my step son arrives mid-June from the USA and a few days on the GC sounds perfect 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh. How is it possible Nikki that you’ve inspired me to take a trip to Surfers Paradise??!! 😉 I loved this blog post. And I did not know that the coast now has a tram line. I seriously need to get with the program, don’t I? The hotel looks like a divine experience. Tucking that one into the memory banks for a weekend trip sometime this year.

    Rachael
    xo

    PS Love that pic of the glass of champers with the moon hazily suspended in the background!

  4. Oh my gosh. How is it possible Nikki that you’ve inspired me to take a trip to Surfers Paradise??!! 😉 I loved this blog post. And I did not know that the coast now has a tram line. I seriously need to get with the program, don’t I? The hotel looks like a divine experience. Tucking that one into the memory banks for a weekend trip sometime this year.

    Rachael
    xo

    PS Love that pic of the glass of champers with the moon hazily suspended in the background!

  5. Oh my gosh. How is it possible Nikki that you’ve inspired me to take a trip to Surfers Paradise??!! 😉 I loved this blog post. And I did not know that the coast now has a tram line. I seriously need to get with the program, don’t I? The hotel looks like a divine experience. Tucking that one into the memory banks for a weekend trip sometime this year.

    Rachael
    xo

    PS Love that pic of the glass of champers with the moon hazily suspended in the background!

  6. I went down there for a night of peace and writing earlier this year and it was clearly needed because I got totally confused about the make your own lemonade and didn’t realise until just before I checked out that the reverse of the sign said to call for the rest of the ingredients. Duh. Apart from my own brain fart it was a lovely night away!!

  7. Looks like you guys had just about the most perfect Easter! Very much my sort of pace. I was so thrilled to have stayed at QT GC for PB last year (excuse the blogger speak!) and I hope to experience many more of them in trips to come. x

  8. I’ve been to the Gold Coast many times Nikki and agree so many people!
    I’ve never stayed at a QT hotel before but my son and his fiancé have,it is on my to do list.Thank you for sharing your weekend with us ,I love all the photos Xx

  9. I’ve never been to the Gold Coast. Husband’s relies are in Coolum so we always head up there. Do fancy the QT though – the Sydney one is fab.

  10. it looks great nikki!
    the QT looks ab/fab! … a perfect spot for the boys to watch the state of the surf!;0
    glad that you got some pampering time in hun!
    I’ve only stayed once at the peninsula gold coast many years ago! … it’s in the break away chain now! it was great on 32nd floor!!! … great location for views and to all venues! … first tasted those gorgeous Morton bay bugs on that trip!
    as an outsider, I do love the sunshine coast more though! love m:)X

  11. I love QT Gold Coast! We stayed there in 2012 for a special occasion and have raved about it ever since. We chose that stay to crack open a bottle of Penfolds Grange we had been saving.

    It’s been too long so we’re heading back this month to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.

    I’m not sure what I’m excited about most…staying at QT again, or two child-free nights!

  12. It looks like you had an eggcellent time! We stayed at the QT in February on our road trip up the coast. We loved it for all the reasons you said… and doughnuts for breakfast (that’s a thing!) We especially loved the food and beverages at Stingray and the Rewards Programme makes it really affordable. We’re off to QT Canberra this weekend, watch this space!

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