When you think of the Gold Coast and Surfer’s Paradise, the first things that come to mind are surf, great looking people and an ultra-modern atmosphere.
The creators of luxury hotel chain QT Hotels and Resorts kept these aspects in mind when penning the QT Gold Coast hotel. Everything from the designer lounges, through to the eclectically dressed staff leaves a lasting memory — and that’s before you have had a chance to see the views from each room.
Boasting meeting areas for up to 750 guests over three floors — including a grand ballroom with 6 metre high ceilings — the QT Gold Coast isn’t just reserved for weekend breaks.
As always, first impressions last. The first impression for most hotel users will be the willingness and speediness of a concierge. Within 15 seconds of driving in to the QT Gold Coast, a smartly dressed staffer was available to greet and take bags up to the room — not bad for such a busy hotel.
After running through the standard check-in process, I needed a moment to take in the quirky and unique architecture and styling within the hotel lobby. Deck-esque wood finishes are strewn as far as the eye can see, while an area termed as ‘The Lawn” provides a holding spot for guests wanting to hang ten.
QT designers manage to also captivate waiting lift users with an active set of lights depicting the lift’s location at any given point. When the lift does finally arrive, be prepared to meet one of four human-sized painted people that adorn the lift’s mirror.
Of the 297 guest rooms, I sampled an ocean view room located on the 21st floor. QT Gold Coast uses a new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) style access system for rooms. Instead of the traditional credit card swipe or key arrangement, hotel guests are able to simply tap their access card on the reader to gain entry to the room.
Before getting the chance to inspect the room, I was instantly blown away by the ocean views. Without shadow of a doubt, this is one of the best views on the Gold Coast. An accessible balcony allows you to take in miles of gorgeous coastline and the surrounding hustle and bustle of Gold Coast traffic.
Back in the room, it’s immediately evident that QT Hotels and Resorts have spent a great deal of money adding value to the guest experience. Each room comes with a large 42-inch television, in addition to an iPod dock and designer furnishings.
Fittingly, QT also offers thongs (or ‘flip-flops’ for American readers) that hang off the wall for guest use. Be careful though, almost everything in the room comes with a price tag. Even the postcards are not free — just something to keep in mind.
The spacious rooms are laid out nicely with the modern bathroom featuring a walk-in shower and dark tiles.
Internet comes courtesy of wired and wireless. I tried a 24-hour pass to see how reliable and fast the connection was. Several speed tests were performed during peak times with the connection remaining a constant 300kb/s — an excellent feat for a hotel with almost 300 rooms. The Internet pass can also be used on multiple devices during the 24-hour period, as opposed to some hotels that limit access to one device.
A host of drinks, nibbles and espresso (from a real espresso machine) are made available at the entry of the room. The bar fridge features a clear glass door to make the selection of drinks all the more tempting.
When it’s time to finally turn in, prepare yourself for ultimate sleeping bliss. Having stayed in countless hotels around the world, the QT king bed has to be one of the best. It’s a perfect mix between soft luxury and plush bedding. Sleep is soothed by the distant sounds of waves crashing.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, with that, I headed downstairs in the morning to give it a try. After a short five-minute wait during peak serving period, I snagged a table at one of the most unique breakfast venues in Australia. Breakfast is served at Bazaar within the hotel and the selection of foods is simply staggering.
Everything from your standard egg, bacon and fruit fare is complemented by an Asian section, fruit smoothies and an array of pastries. Slabs of meat hanging from skewers, along with fridges packed full of fresh vegies and fruit surround the breakfast serving area.
The food tasted excellent and was testament to the attention to detail paid within the Bazaar serving area. Food was continuously restocked during the peak period, there was seldom times where serving dishes were left empty.
My stay was almost entirely faultless. If I had to draw criticism, it would be at the dull and desolate looking car park. Located under the building, the car parking facility didn’t quite match the upmarket, funky elegance of the hotel upstairs.
Rates begin from $165 per night for a QT King room. Moving up to the QT King with ocean views will cost an additional $30 per night, while the top-spec QT King Suite is priced at $265 per night.
Excellent prices, an electric atmosphere and amazing views set the QT Gold Coast apart from the rest. If your genre is chic, ultra-modern and quirky, it’s impossible to look past one of the coolest hotels on the Gold Coast.
QT Gold Coast
The QT chain of hotels has taken Australia by storm. One of the latest is situated on the stunning Gold Coast in Queensland. Set in a huge multi-storey hotel building, the QT Gold Coast features the latest styles and trends in the hunt of a younger audience. The result is amazing views, great service and the need to come back for more.
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