As soon as you walk into QT GoldCoast, you feel like you’re transported into a time warp, a 1950s-inspired beach club. What gives it away is the vintage panel van with longboards strapped to the roof parked in the drive.
Then there are the retro outfits worn by the staff, the iced tea and homemade lemonade. And the retro QT bike (free for guests) to pedal around the streets of Surfers Paradise.
Look through the windows in the foyer into the sunny courtyard and pool and how could you not feel like you’re in for a fun time. Sounds cheesy? Actually, it’s a pretty slick setup.
QT GoldCoast is the kind of place you’re likely to bump into a celebrity or two. Empire of the Sun, Bliss n Esso, Tony Hawke, Kris Smith, Wendell Sailor and Arj Barker have been there.
Where is QT GoldCoast?
Well, although QT Gold Coast is not right on the beach, it’s not far. It’s in Surfers Paradise within walking distance from Cavill Avenue and only a short stroll from the beach.
What’s cool about QT GoldCoast?
The Gold Coast has a buzzing nightlife and QT’s Stingray Lounge is right at the top of the list. It’s a California-style hotspot with a choice of 50 in-house tequilas that you can wash down with hot chicken wings or a tasty Cuban pork belly taco from their Mexican-inspired menu.
What’s new at QT GoldCoast?
Man Tea – have you ever heard of a High Tea for chaps? It sounds like an excuse to catch up with your mates, sink your teeth into a mini man burger (that grilled Wagyu patty with house-smoked bacon looks pretty scrumptious), smoke a cigar (or rather eat a chocolate cigar filled with Bourbon Semifreddo), drink bourbon, whisky or beer.
Will I like the rooms?
Of course you will! There are 297 guest rooms with fresh and quirky designer furnishings, comfy King-sized beds with QT gel mattress weighing 82kg, views of the hinterland, the Nerang River or the ocean.
What’s there to eat?
Bazaar is laid out like a traditional marketplace and the breakfast buffet gets the big thumbs up.
What’s the verdict?
Well, being kind of busy at the Australian Tourism Exchange event, I didn’t get enough time to swim in the pool, ride those retro bikes or lounge in the spa. So, I really do think I need to go back again!
Christina Pfeiffer was a guest of Tourism Australia
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Looking for more things to do on the Gold Coast? Travelling with the family? Read 10 things to do on the Gold Coast when you’re travelling with kids. Whether you’re travelling with kids or not, one of the best free things to do on the Gold Coast is to go to one of the many Gold Coast markets.