SHE sleeps around a lot...well, in the nicest possible way! (travelling, staying in hotel rooms of course - usually for work, often for play). Hotels and their rooms start to look the same after a while. That's fine of course - you only sleep there. Does it really matter? SHE didn't think so until a recent stay at the very groovy QT Gold Coast Hotel in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Described as 'nostalgic surfer chic meets Miami catwalk cool' this is really one of the most exciting hotels SHE's spent time at in a long while. From the moment you arrive it's pretty clear that things are very different here. The staff were, without exception, friendly, knowledgeable, relaxed, informal without crossing the line into too laidback. Their retro style uniforms scream personality - striped board shorts and neat jackets, red braces over crisp white shirts, bright blue outfits for the ladies at reception. Staff are a good looking bunch that are clearly encouraged to embrace their individualism. How refreshing. Importantly it really works. It's hard not to smile when you're greeted by these happy people who obviously enjoy their jobs.
SHE stayed in a mountain / river view room but pay a little extra and choose the ocean view; waking up in the morning to the stunning views of that gorgeous coast is part of the reason for being here isn't it? It was the most comfortable bed SHE's slept in - like sinking into a giant marshmallow! Rooms have a small balcony - SHE loves doors and windows that open. And ocean view room balconies catch the sun all day. And that fresh sea air.
The decor is retro, bright and breezy: there's a cockatoo lamp by the bed, thongs hanging in bags, fresh lemonade on arrival, personality everywhere you turn (including the hairdryer). Minibar prices are reasonable: $3 for bottled water, $7 for a beer. No spirits but a bottle of reasonable wine cost $29. Everything in the room is for sale so there's no excuse for accidentally popping that cockatoo in your suitcase!
Bazaar restaurant hosts breakfast. Happy, friendly staff greet guests, escorting diners to their tables via the buffet area explaining what's on offer before seating. It's a nice touch. And this isn't your regular hotel buffet, it's definitely more food station and certainly not standard. Chefs chat with guests, keen to assist with any special requests, and everyone seems genuinely happy to be here. Eggs to order, crispy bacon, housemade beans and crunchy hash browns, fluffy pancakes, a great selection of fruit, juices served in neat bottles. There are loose leaf tea bags as standard, and SHE heard a fellow diner comment on the excellent quality of the coffee. A latte was an additional $4 and was surprisingly good coffee - hooray! Even on a busy Father's Day staff were still bright and breezy, and they don't forget a face. Attention to detail. Nice.
Stingray bar has it going on...great music (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, toe tapping tunes on a Friday night), great bar menu (tacos, sliders, salads, pizza) with table service, and flat screens on walls showing sport and footy games of all codes. A request to switch one of the screens to AFL (in a rugby state!) was met with a smile and 'no problems!'. Fabulous.
This is definitely the grooviest hotel on the Coast - SHE can't wait to come back.