15 Best Hotels on the Gold Coast 2017!
We’ve listed our top 15 Best Hotels on the Gold Coast recommended hotels and resorts during your stay on the Gold Coast. Whether you’re looking for something budget, spectacular ocean views or a romantic getaway retreat, we’ve got the best of everything on this year’s list!
BEST HOTEL FOR ENTERTAINMENT
The Star Gold Coast
If you’re seeking a hotel that has it all- look no further than The Star. With weekly entertainment including live concerts, celebrity performances, movie cinema and giveaways- you’ll always have an array of options to keep you entertained.
Their first-class facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre with plenty of classes from Pilates, spin, boxing and they even offer friendly personal trainers. Relax afterwards in the steam room or lay by the poolside, basking in the sun.
Listen to chilled DJ beats while drinking cocktails on the lawn with friends at Sundays in the Garden, or catch all the excitement of the world’s biggest matches, races and games at the Sports Bar.
Explore The Star’s world-class casino and be swept away by the energy of the craps table, the thrill of the dice roll, and lively banter over cards.
For lovers of food, dine at one of their eight restaurant- from authentic Italian, award winning Japanese, a Food Fantasy buffet, or just a Bite open 24 hours, you won’t have trouble satisfying your palate at any time.
Located in the heart of Broadbeach, The Star is only minutes to the beach, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, or why not take the monorail to Oasis Shopping Centre. Close to Gold Coast public transportation (including the G:Link rail), you’ll enjoy every moment you spend on your holiday.
BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL
QT Gold Coast
Think ‘nostalgic surfer chic meets Miami catwalk cool’. It’s retro, it’s bold, it’s stylish, it’s now!
As soon as you walk into the foyer, you are welcomed by an inspiring open-spaced setting with beautiful artist-crafted features and bold custom lighting. Setting a new standard of designer accommodation, QT Gold Coast hotel is deliberately intended to inspire conversation and arrest the senses.
You can expect free WiFi, sleek designer bathrooms, custom design features and a relaxed beachside feel to await you. Your room will feature dazzling views of the coast’s famous scenery plus all the glamour and style you’d expect from Australia’s party playground.
Mingle and sip cocktails downstairs at the Stingray Lounge which has become the premier hangout of Gold Coast’s ‘it’ crowd. Drawing inspiration from the cool of Baja California, you’ll surround yourself in a chic and stylish atmosphere of comfy couches and quirky furniture.
Pamper yourself at SpaQ, with everything from massages, exfoliating, waxing and nails for that perfect fresh feel. Experience the fabulous Hammam-inspired steam and ice room before your treatment.
There’s even complimentary use of super-cute retro QT Bikes are available at the reception where you can explore Surfers Paradise on your own self-guided tour.
Discover QT Gold Coast, indulging in the vibrant beachside location and the unique Gold Coast spirit, in the heart of Surfers Paradise.
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BEST LUXURY HOTEL
Palazzo Versace Gold Coast
Palazzo – the definition of luxury, glamour and sophistication. One of the most legendary fashion brands in the world, Versace opened the world’s first fashion-inspired hotel and is everything you would expect: opulent accommodation, spectacular architecture, exclusive waterfront setting, design distinguished by Versace bespoke furnishings and Italian craftsmanship, extraordinary service and an ambience of pure glamour.
Palazzo Versace is one of the world’s top 5-star luxury hotels and offers an exclusive chance to be immersed in the Versace lifestyle. It is home to three award-winning restaurants, a famed day spa, fitness and wellbeing centre, a private marina, the Versace boutique and first water salon cabana experience in Australia.
Receive a complimentary welcome drink on arrival, (or a mocktail as an alternative to alcohol), and admire the audacious commitment to luxury and the beauty influences in every detail of the accommodation at Palazzo Versace Gold Coast.
All rooms appointed with bespoke Versace Home furnishings and private “Juliet” balconies welcoming the Gold Coast sunshine to pour in. Every room and suite is an oasis of pure indulgence, true glamour, ultimate relaxation and the very best that is possible in life.
Secluded between the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the sparkling Gold Coast Broadwater, Palazzo Versace is only minutes to Sea World, Marina Mirage, and Main Beach. Perfect for romance and extravagance, this luxury hotel is an experience that will leave you dazzled.
BEST HOTEL DINING
Sofitel Gold Coast
Exuding modern energy and chic character, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach brings an entirely unique and refreshing approach to the 5-star luxury hotel experience. Rich with French luxury that defines Sofitel, the hotel captures the essence of the Gold Coast in a one-of-a-kind urban retreat.
Located in between the gorgeous stretch of coastline and vibrant street scenes, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach is effortlessly relaxed, the perfect contrast to the lively rhythms of Broadbeach.
Embracing Sofitel’s French heritage and traditions, Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach exhibits a genuine passion for the French “art de vivre”. Blending local culture with the brands French legacy allows Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach to deliver exceptional service that will make you feel welcome every time you step through the door.
Tapping into the finest local produce our award-winning chefs will take you on a gastronomic journey that you won’t soon forget. The buffet breakfast at Bistro 3 is among the best you can experience and has a wide and vast selection of delectable foods that surpass the standard buffets.
Tennis courts, gymnasium, heated swimming pool, luxury room accommodations and the best night’s sleep on the most comfortable pillows, you are located above the Broadbeach Oasis Shopping centre, the hub of restaurants and just a minute’s walk to the beautiful beach.
BEST HOTEL POOL
Marriott Resort & Spa
Plan your getaway to one of the Gold Coast’s premier hotel destinations. The Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa welcomes you with luxury accommodation and award-winning service. Tucked amidst sparkling lagoons, white sandy beaches, and cascading waterfalls, their fully integrated resort offers the perfect escape for a romantic getaway, or a fun family holiday.
Every room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with wonderful views, as well as deluxe pillowtop bedding and a marble bathroom. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel keeps you as connected as you’d like to be during your Gold Coast visit, and a luxury on-site Ruby Spa offers ample opportunities to pamper yourself.
An expansive aquatic playground forms the centerpiece of Marriott resort and features a manmade lagoon complete with sandy beaches. Discover colourful fish, heated spas and a cascading waterfall when you visit the Lagoon Pool Beach. Guests can swim and snorkel with an array of tropical fish in the resort’s stunning saltwater lagoon or relax around the resort’s freshwater pool, surrounded by poolside daybeds, a waterslide, hot spas and tropical gardens.
The Marriott is one of the few Gold Coast hotels to feature a basketball court, as well as tennis courts and state of the art fitness centre. Besides snorkelling and discovering an array of brightly coloured tropical fish in the resort’s saltwater lagoon, there’s also the Kid’s Club which offers fun-filled, supervised arts and crafts activities and cooking classes.
Located in Surfers Paradise, The Gold Coast Light Rail provides easy access from Marriott Resort and Spa, adding flexibility to your stay. Ideal for couples and for families, you won’t really feel like you’ve had a holiday until you’ve spent a night here.
BEST BUDGET HOTEL
Holidays can be expensive and if you are looking for the budget hotel while still getting the perks, then the Vibe Hotel is your answer!
Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, getting around is convenient and easy. Just walk across the road and you have access to Woolworths Supermarket, restaurant and cafes, tourist attractions like Infinity, Dracula’s Haunted House, and the Aquaduck.
Embrace luxury at the 4.5-star Vibe Hotel Gold Coast. While in the hotel, you can dine in style in one of the two restaurants after a relaxing time in the outdoor swimming pool. Each guestroom boasts high-speed wired internet access, iPod docks, digital televisions and spacious balconies.
Vibe Hotel itself also features a fitness centre equipped with the latest cardio and strength amenities, computer station with high-speed wireless internet access, and 24-hour front desk.
If you’re hunting around looking for the best budget hotel, then look no further because Vibe Hotel is great on price, location and friendliness!
BEST ICONIC HOTEL
Q1 Resort & Spa
You would have seen it in every skyline photo of the Gold Coast- Q1 Resort and Spa is a landmark and known as Australia’s tallest residential tower, offering elite and exclusive holiday accommodation. Each room captures breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, the shimmering sands of Surfers Paradise, sparkling lights of the Gold Coast city and the lush green of the Gold Coast hinterland.
The design of Q1 Resort & Spa is inspired by the spirit and lifestyle of Australia and its shape reflects elements of the Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera House. In a thoroughly modern melding of architecture and engineering, Q1 Resort & Spa is an iconic building capturing the aura of modernity evident in world famous buildings by architects such as Renzo Piano and Frank Lloyd Wright.
These elegant, state-of-the-art self contained apartment delivers an uncompromising sense of space, freedom and a sleek, modern design. The hotel itself boasts three swimming pools, award-winning Day Spa, world-class recreational facilities and dining precinct set amongst pristine tropical landscaping.
Enjoy your Surfers Paradise holiday, with complimentary underground car park; a rare inclusion in any Gold Coast hotel. Exclusive offers are available for Q1 Resort & Spa guests to enjoy the views and dining at SkyPoint Observation Deck, Australia’s only beachside observation deck, perched atop Q1 on level 77 with breathtaking 360 degree views 230 metres above sea level.
Nestled amongst these spectacular facilities is the tranquil Q1Spa. Voted in the Top 10 Best Spa’s for the Australasia South Pacific region by the coveted Conde Nast Traveller in 2007, the spa fuses ancient therapies from the Dreamtime with urban chic.
Located just a short stroll from the energy and excitement of Surfers Paradise and meters away from the beach, Q1 Resort & Spa provides convenient access, with the G:Link rail being on its doorstep.
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BEST AIRPORT HOTEL
La Costa Motel
If you need a few days off or catching an early flight, La Costa Motel offers comfortable accommodation with a ‘beach shack’ atmosphere between the Gold Coast Airport and the beautiful Bilinga beach.
La Costa motel is a top destination for leisure and business travellers alike, with free airport transfers and complimentary high speed WIFI. Walk just 50 metres to the end of the street for your true beach experience or take one of our vintage bicycles along the boardwalk to the tree-lined cafes, restaurants and shops in nearby suburbs.
A variety of amenities welcome you in your room such as pillow topped comfort guaranteed beds, flat screen TVs and DVD players, microwave, fridge, and your very own Espresso pod coffee machine. Most of the rooms have courtyards surrounded by the iconic ‘white picket fence’ or stay in your own upstairs apartment looking over the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
This quaint beach shack atmosphere will have you feeling like a local, living in paradise. Perks include free breakfast, free parking, free bicycle hire, free airport transfers, free WiFi, and less than a minute’s walk to the beach!
BEST HOTEL LOCATION
Positioned on the Esplanade just across the road from the famous Surfers Paradise beach, Soul has one of the best locations on the Gold Coast. With Cavill Avenue located below its towering storey’s, everything you could want to do in Surfers Paradise is just a short stroll away.
Peppers Soul redefines luxury accommodation on the Gold Coast. Rising 77 levels above the white sandy beaches and crystal waters of the Surfers Paradise foreshore, this truly stunning building has been designed to delight and surprise. With a diverse collection of one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments, guests are spoiled for choice.
Located onsite is one of the Gold Coast’s premier, hatted, multi-award winning restaurants with an elegance all of its own – Seaduction Restaurant + Bar. Nothing has been compromised. From the moment you arrive at our grand main entry with porte-cochère, your stay will be filled with the richest experiences and unlike any other.
Guests enjoy an unmatched level of amenity at Peppers Soul. Relax in the stunning swimming podium overlooking the beach with wonderful views of the coastline. The stunning 25m tiered resort pool is the place to unwind on a comfy sun lounge or simply spend quality time with the family.
Or why not rejuvenate your senses in the fully equipped gymnasium or relax among the tropical gardens. The spa, sauna and steam rooms provide guests with a tranquil haven to completely relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul.
For prime location and superb facilities, Peppers Soul is the Gold Coast haven you’ve been searching for.
BEST OCEANFRONT HOTEL
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
If you’re imagining a tropical paradise oasis with lush palm trees, a turquoise lagoon pool, looking out to an endless horizon of rolling waves and golden sandy beach, then Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is a dream come true.
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort invites you to experience a new realm of luxury at the Gold Coast’s only 5-star beachfront resort. Set amongst 6 hectares of sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens, Sheraton Grand Mirage resort features luxury rooms and suites and exquisite dining.
Enjoy the amazing pool, fitness centre, spa facilities and surrounding beach to stay refreshed throughout your holiday. Adjoining to the resort is The Golden Door Spa & Health Club to relax, re-energize, and refocus. As a Sheraton Mirage guest you will also receive complimentary access to the lap pool and gymnasium facilities at the Golden Door Spa & Health Club during your stay.
Embrace your beachside escape as you are greeted by ocean views, and allow the friendly concierge team to help make the most of your stay, whether it be arranging transport to the airport or making a dinner reservation.
With a variety of stunning rooms, you could admire the tranquil lagoon from your spacious waterside abode, indulge in your large soothing spa bath or let the wind breeze through your hair while looking directly out to the glistening Pacific Ocean.
Nothing short of impressive, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort takes holidaying to the next level.
BEST FAMILY HOTEL (inc pet friendly)
Gold Coast Holiday Park
For those who are going to live it up at the Gold Coast theme parks and are looking for a family friendly budget saver accommodation, Gold Coast Holiday Park comes highly recommended. Not only will the kids have a great time, but so will your dog if you’re bringing him too!
Gold Coast Holiday Park bring together old-fashioned family fun with nature, adventures, modern facilities and fun activities to make your Gold Coast holiday complete – creating happy, long lasting ‘forever’ memories.
Gold Coast Holiday Park has one of the best pools on the Gold Coast with a monster water slide that will wear out any kid and have them in bed early. Plus there’s shaded cabanas with oversized day beds where you can relax and enjoy poolside service from the cafe.
There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. For adults and kids alike, there’s a jumping pillow is sure to entertain and is covered from the sun for your comfort. Hire a pedal bike or bring your own bike to tackle the BMX track which should provide a challenge.
They don’t expect you to leave your beloved dog at home either! Our Gold Coast dog friendly holiday park comes with dog friendly cabins, sites and even a leash free dog run with obstacle course.
With caravan, camping, cabins and villas, Gold Coast Holiday Park is just a short drive away from Warner Brothers Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Dreamworld, Outback Spectacular and Game Over.
BEST THEMED HOTEL
The Castle on Tamborine
With five star luxury, The Castle offers more than a royal experience. This picture perfect location makes the ideal destination for honeymoon couples, romantic weekend or longer stay getaways.
The Castle on Tamborine interior is worthy of any royal inspection with a sunken theatre featuring a movie projector and surround sound that adjoins a beautiful deep heated plunge pool and garden courtyard downstairs. Whilst upstairs you can relax in a beautiful spa bath or even experience romantic interludes on the antique four poster beds.
A mix of modern concepts, technology, antique furnishings, air conditioning, daily servicing and mini bar is what makes The Castle on Tamborine’s fully self-contained accommodation the finest in Tamborine Mountain Accommodation.
In the morning, you will wake to the sounds of birds and the aroma of your scrumptious hot gourmet breakfast. Experience a menu like a first course of sweet French crepes followed by hot Eggs Benedict served directly to your door. The only thing you have to decide is whether to have breakfast in bed or at your own dining table.
Why travel overseas for elegance, opulence and service when it’s right on your doorstep in Queensland’s beautiful Tamborine Mountain. The Castle on Tamborine is situated between heaven and earth on beautiful Tamborine Mountain. Pure luxury, bliss and tranquillity best describe The Castle on Tamborine.
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BEST HOTEL RETREAT
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat
Sometimes people need a break from it all – time to be surrounded by the forest; become immersed in beauty, indulge in fine food, relax and revive mind, body and soul.
At Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, they take things slowly so guests have time to focus on the really important things – like getting ready for a massage; listening to the birds or choosing the wine to have with dinner.
Imagine escaping to a 50 plus acre rainforest hideaway, staying in a luxurious private villa for two and dining on the best food and wine Queensland has to offer. Songbirds has it all and more within less than an hour’s drive of Brisbane (Queensland’s capital city) and the glorious Gold Coast beaches.
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat offers a unique combination of nature, luxury and indulgence. All guests are VIPS, with the resort focusing on guests’ comfort and pleasure. The beautiful natural rainforest surroundings, wonderful food, fine wine and all the little luxuries that include therapeutic massages, pampering treatments and yoga ensure guests leave feeling relaxed and revitalized.
Explore the surrounds. Meander along the easy to follow tracks at your leisure. Meet the amazing creatures and colourful birds that inhabit this beautiful countryside. Be enthralled by ancient rainforest trees and exotic plants. Drop in on the family of ducks who live by the pond. Spot the pademelons in the bush and see koalas lazing in the trees.
BEST GLAMPING HOTEL
Tuckers retreat is the ultimate couples retreat for luxury glamping. Escape your everyday and hectic life to the tranquillity of a private rural retreat set in the Scenic Rim with a rainforest backdrop here you can enjoy all that peace and tranquillity has to offer.
Whether you’re a keen Bush walker, mountain bike rider or simply want to relax and de-stress Tuckers Retreat is for you. With Luxury Eco tents set with that executive apartment feel, you will be calm and relaxed instantly.
This beautiful eco tent comes complete with a sumptuous king size bed with entertaining area overlooking the bushland and rainforest, set in a tranquil spot the silence is deafening. After an active day in the Outdoors why not relax and refresh in the hydrotherapy spa with a cold glass of champagne or beer.
Tuckers Retreat provides a delightful mountainous haven to enjoy nature and the rural life, without sacrificing the comfort of a warm shower, luxurious bed and indulgent spaces to cook, eat and relax.
Each tent is fitted with a hydrotherapy jacuzzi, complete with 87 jets, lighting and fountains. What better way to unwind and escape from the everyday, than enjoying a twilight spa with a drink, watching the local wildlife and bird life display at dusk?
Experience the other worldly dragonfruit orchard, with remarkable tentacles reaching across the planted aisles. If you are lucky enough to stay when the dragonfruit flower or produce spectacular fascia fruit, it is a truly unique experience.
BEST TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN HOTEL
Mt Tamborine Stonehaven Guest House
Location is everything! Staying at Stonehaven Guest House on Mt Tamborine you will be perfectly positioned to enjoy all that the mountain has to offer, just a short stroll away from beautiful waterfalls, restaurants and wineries.
Stonehaven Guest house offers beautiful king size rooms, all air conditioned with double spa and ensuite. Wake up in the morning to the sounds of laughing Kookaburras, and the abundance of birds and wildlife.
Enjoy a picnic hamper in Stonehaven’s grounds or visit one of Mount Tamborine’s many picturesque locations. On Sundays, hang gliders and para-gliders add to the scene as they leap off the mountain at the Rotary lookout. Opportunities also exist to visit other, local cottage industries including a cheese factory, brewery, chocolate, fudge, and lavender stores.
Visit Witches Chase and see artisan style cheese and gourmet ice cream in the making. Try a variety of award winning local cheese including Tamembert and Witches Blue Vein – one of only two Queensland-made blue cheeses. Visitors can view the making process and enjoy a free taste of cheese and ice cream.
Stop by the international award winning Tamborine Mountain Distillery, one of only a handful of privately owned distilleries and Australia’s smallest operating distillery. Tamborine Mountain Distillery uses a traditional copper pot still to distil a variety of locally grown fruit.
So the hard decision now will be, which one do you choose?!