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Hotel Highlights

  • Fun, vibrant modern design, filled with retro furniture and kooky colours, pattern and print
  • Fab drinking and dining, including street market-inspired buffet restaurant Bazaar
  • Perfectly poised for famous Surfers Paradise beach, or hit the pool and spa at QT

Overview

Hedonistic, high-rise QT Gold Coast hotel aims to please, with dreamy dining, a cool pool, stylish spa and sea-view rooms, all just a skip from the beach. A vintage Holden car in the driveway, longboard strapped to its roof, is a nod to the surf-Mecca setting; the cute baby-blue scooter (touting a 'rent me' sign) nearby also promises fun in the sun. Design (care of architect Nic Graham and Melbourne's Spacecraft) is as vibrant and friendly as the staff; food at globe-spanning Bazaar restaurant is equally creative.

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Use of the hammam at SpaQ, plus free late check-out until 12pm

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

297, including 20 suites.

Check–out

11am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability. Late check-outs cost AU$15 for each hour after midday until 4pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $173.59 (AU$199), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude Continental breakfast (AU$18) or buffet breakfast (AU$32; AU$15 for a child).

Also

Fancy a retail fix but can't be bothered to leave the hotel? Call it at Qtique, the hip in-house boutique, which stocks Australian design and produce. For advice on where to shop, sip and sup, download the QT Concierge app, ready to rock on all mobiles. It promises top local tips on 'booze, babes, books, baba ganoush and ballooning'.

At the hotel

Spa, tennis courts, boutique, concierge, DVD/film library for a fee, scooter and retro-style bikes for hire, WiFi throughout (for AU$9 an hour; AU$18 for 24 hours), valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, WiFi and wired internet, Uspa toiletries, DIY lemonade kits.

Our favourite rooms

Everything from the ceramic cockatoo side lamps to the replica Eames chairs and DIY lemonade kits make the rooms here kooky and cool, although some bathrooms and balconies are on the bijou side. We love the QT King Ocean View boudoirs for their sexy sea vistas, ideal for scoping surfers and beach action; lower-tier rooms offer river, mountain and hinterland views. For more space, bag a sea-view QT King Suite, which boasts a huge bathroom with Japanese soaking tub, a luxe separate lounge and bar.

Poolside

Surrounded by tropical foliage, bright yellow 'Acapulco' lounge chairs, comfy white sunloungers and handy side tables for your mojito, the QT pool is a tempting oasis. It's not huge, but it's a decent size, and should satisfy all your posing requirements.

Packing tips

Tropical-print bikinis and surf shorts for hitting the pool or beach; your surfboard if you're serious about working those waves. Come evening, trade Havaianas for high heels for wining and dining.

Also

SpaQ is your go-to spot for pampering treatments, and includes a wet zone with a unisex hammam and ice-fountain for steamy times (and cooling down afterwards!). Waxing, brow and lash grooming will ensure you look your best.

Children

Very welcome; baby cots can be supplied for free, and extra beds for older kids up to age 12 are AU$55 a child a night.

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Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted.

Eco‐friendly

QT Gold Coast uses local, seasonal and free-range food in its restaurants, and is committed to recycling. It also offers eco-friendly tours in the area, from bicycling to horse-riding and hiking in nature reserves.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

With three restaurants to flirt with, you'll be spoiled for choice. For breakfast and dinner make for Bazaar restaurant, helmed by chef Luke Stepsys and conceived as an 'interactive market place', a 21st-century twist on trad street stalls. Locals are already flocking to this buzzy contemporary buffet eaterie, where floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow you ogle a cool room of cheese, charcuterie and premium meats (now that's our kind of meat market!). Stir-fry wok stations, wood-fired pizza ovens, glistening seafood stands, pots of slow-cooked stews and stations of innovative organic salads encourage you to travel the culinary globe, using 'your plate as your passport'. Just serve yourself, with chefs on hand to cook dishes to order and waiters circling to deliver them. Mellow Fixx café in the lobby serves an organic menu of lighter bites, great coffee and cakes, backdropped by a gorgeous feature wall. Think paninis, wraps and house-made macaroons. Japanese Teppanyaki grill Yamagen, at the rear of the hotel, has been a local favourite for years, with more trad Asian decor predating the QT's arrival.

Hotel Bar

Stingray bar is a glam gathering point for the cocktail crowd, with a snacking menu of Southern American-style street food from noon, running the gamut from soft-shell tacos to sliders (mini burgers). There's over 50 in-house tequilas for toasting those ocean views, and resident DJs keep the tunes coming from Thursday to Saturday nights. Interiors channel industrial chic with a splash of Pop art. Thirsty poolside? The seasonal Pool Bar is at your service, open seasonally from 11am until 3pm, and you can also quaff drinks at the Lawn, a sunken indoor lobby bar decked out in vibrant 'Acapulco' chairs and faux-grass flooring with pool views.

Last orders

Bazaar serves breakfast from 6.30am to 10.30am, and dinner from 5.30pm to 10pm; Fixx dishes up café fare from 7.30am to 3.30pm; Yamagen is open from 5.30pm to 9.30pm (closed Sundays and Mondays). Stingray bar pours drinks from midday to midnight.

Room service

A full menu of room service treats can be ordered from 6.30am to midnight, with reduced offerings from midnight to 6.30am. Burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads are up for grabs, as well as child-friendly options, while minibars are tempting, too.

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Dress code

Just follow the hotel's style mantra: 'nostalgic surfer chic meets Miami catwalk cool'. No bare feet at Bazaar, or singlet or sleeveless tops for guys. Dress to impress at Stingray, which bans ripped jeans or visible tattoos.

Top table

Windowside at Bazaar for couples; the large communal tables for groups.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…
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A shimmy from Surfers Paradise

QT Gold Coast

7 Staghorn Avenue, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia

QT Gold Coast is at 7 Staghorn Avenue, a hop from Surfers Paradise beach, just north of Gold Coast city.

Planes

Fly into Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta (www.goldcoastairport.com.au); from there it's a 42-kilometre, or 35-minute drive north to the QT.

Trains

Nerang train station is 15 kilometres, or a 20-minute drive, away, handy for rail connections from Brisbane. If you've flown in to Brisbane, the Air Train (www.airtrain.com.au) from the airport stops at Nerang and three other Gold Coast stations. Alternatively, take the local Queensland Rail line to Nerang (www.translink.com.au). Transfers to the station, included with purchase of your train ticket, must be pre-booked by hotel staff.

Automobiles

If you're driving, QT offers on-site parking for AU$8 a day, or valet parking for AU$15. Surfers Paradise is just a two-minute drive away.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Neil Ager , High-flying explorer

The QT logo looms over the quieter end of Surfers Paradise as we exit the more densely built up quarter of Party Town and head towards Main Beach. Pulling up at the hotel, there’s plenty to make Mrs Smith and I happy; the retro panel van parked out front, pastel fixed-gear bikes, beautiful hardwood floors, digital art installations in the lobby and gleaming white Gold Coast smiles to welcome…
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QT Gold Coast

Anonymous review by Neil Ager, High-flying explorer

The QT logo looms over the quieter end of Surfers Paradise as we exit the more densely built up quarter of Party Town and head towards Main Beach. Pulling up at the hotel, there’s plenty to make Mrs Smith and I happy; the retro panel van parked out front, pastel fixed-gear bikes, beautiful hardwood floors, digital art installations in the lobby and gleaming white Gold Coast smiles to welcome us. The fit-out feels like entering a funked-up beach house or a Palm Springs country club – an impressive achievement for the clever QT team given the building’s fairly nondescript shell.

Our swanky QT King Suite boasts incredible Surfers Paradise beach views framed by floaty, pale curtains. White rules the roost, from the walls to the enormous bed, dozens of soft towels and kitchen area (there’s a lot of white!), contrasted with fabulous bright colour swatches, screen-printed lampshades and the distinctive QT black-and-white striped bathroom. Not being super-slick at articulating design critiques, I label the look ‘fresh’. Mrs Smith is unimpressed by my interiors punditry, so I move on, admiring the ‘boxing-style’ bathrobe.

Sniffing out an early shopping opportunity like the pro that she is, Mrs Smith instinctively notices the price list for the in-room accessories in the nano-second I spend innocently perusing the nicely stocked minibar. There isn’t much that she doesn't want to take home (her Sauron-like eye fixing especially on the cockatoo bedside light), which has me worried when she also speedily locates the QTique gift shop.

‘That'll be $30,’ the concierge quips with a wink as I collect swimming towels from his hub in the heart of the lobby – a sense of fun that matches his uniform of Hawaiian-print Bermuda shorts paired with a pinstripe blazer and canvas shoes. His desk is surrounded by iPads loaded with up-to-the-minute QT Gold Coast apps to make all manner of things happen (first up for us is table reservations at Bazaar, the main hotel eatery). We definitely put the cheeky chap and his jumpsuited female colleague to work; car hire, directions, travel advice, activities and restaurant bookings all too easy for the ever-efficient QT concierge team. They get everything spot-on.

Speaking of Bazaar, it's a real gem. Doubling up to provide the QT's super-charged breakfast and dinner buffets, it's a sleek room with attentive and genuine service and a variety of inventive food stations. ‘Buffet’ seems like the wrong description when the standard and selection of food is this great. At breakfast think fresh and healthy 'daily juices', eggs galore, freshly made pancakes and mueslis, and that’s only the half of it. Dinner caters to in-the-know (and fairly glammed-up) locals as well as in-house guests and features quality, well-cooked produce with a twist of fun. The drinks list is good, and Mrs Smith benefits from a number of wines being offered by the carafe, glass or bottle, meaning I don’t have to railroad her into red when she really wants white.

Checking out the signature facials at SpaQ the next morning, Mrs Smith is in heaven. On the mezzanine level, the spa smells amazing and delivers pampering treatments with top products and professional staff. Mrs S also gives herself plenty of time to make use of the hammam (free to SpaQ customers), and returns to the room in a very relaxed state of mind – ready for a lazy lunch and a glass or two of rosé at the hotel’s Stingray bar.

Small but perfectly formed, the QT pool stars a swim-up bar that’s open in the warmer seasons and a shallow splash pool for the kids. Even in mid-winter, it isn’t too cool to keep me out. The hotel is only a block or so away from the slightly more chilled northern part of Surfers Paradise beach. Despite the highest tide of the year, the beach is in truly pristine condition, and the boardwalk makes for a fantastic stroll (or power-walk if that takes your fancy) into the town centre. If we were staying longer, we would take those ‘fixies’ out for a cruise.

Hire-car delivered, we cruise through Surfers Paradise in glorious sunshine with the windows down and Bruno Mars full volume on the stereo. After a local drive-about and a couple of laps (I’m blaming the new road layout) of the kilometres of white sand and tempting barrels, we head back to the QT to get ready for our departure. Parking the Corolla next to their pimped panel van, Mrs Smith reflects on our short stay: lots of fun in a stylish hotel that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
 

 

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in QT Gold Coast's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the fancy look.

Don’t expect

I would've liked more space in the mini bar area.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel has been beautifully updated; the exterior is old, but the interior is super cool. The rooms are small but well decorated, pleasant enough to have an afternoon nap. The hotel restaurant Bazaar was the highlight of our trip – all you can eat fresh produce in a market-style setting. It's very reasonably priced too; just make sure you book well in advance as we couldn't get in on a Saturday night when booking the week beforehand. I won't be rushing back to Surfers Paradise, but if I do have to travel there, I will be staying at QT again.

 

Don’t expect

Surfers Paradise is not my cup of tea at all. Thankfully we had a nice hotel to hang out in and we were very close to a patrolled beach away from the crowds.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

September in the Ocean View rooms includes loads of whale watching; a wonderful mini escape with this as a beautiful bonus! The day spa and steam room experience are the strengths for this venue. There is also lovely pinot noir options on the wine list. The entree and main selections at Bazaar were delicious. Having a café on ground level that had healthy, fresh salads daily meant that patrons can stay here and leave the car below without having to leave, except for a walk along the beach.

Don’t expect

Saturday nights are definitely party time so reservations are necessary in Stingray Bar. A few of us having drinks and tapas were asked to relocate from set table spaces to make more room for standing patrons and walkway spaces – unusual and awkward. It was just too busy.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I generally try to avoid the Gold Coast, but this hotel caught my eye and I was not disappointed. QT is ultra cool in a very retro, pop art kind of way and reminded me of what I imagine the Gold Coast would have been like back in the day. It's so great to see a hotel with loads of personality. The themewas present in every aspect for QT from the staff uniforms, free old-school lemonade stand, retro espresso machine, all the accessories through the hotel (including the lobby, café, rooms, bikes for hire, cocktail bar, spa, shop and so forth)… even the cocktail stirrers had a certain retro coolness about them. There were so many things to do at QT – playing tennis, swimming, hiring bikes, curling up with a book in the reading room, sipping coffee, hanging in the lobby, lounging in the lawn, spending the day getting pampered in the spa, eating in the three restaurants, drinking in the pumping cocktail bar… the list goes on. And of course, it's just a small walk to the beach and not far (you could walk or cycle) to Tedder Avenue or Surfers Paradise. The view from our room was amazing – even though QT is one street from the beach, there are no high rises obstructing the view.

Don’t expect

The only downside was that there were road works nearby that made it a little difficult to get to. Oh, and the retro theme seemed to lost on most guests – this is definitely the place to swan around in your retro-inspired outfits.

Rating: 10/10 stars