Where is it: 31 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Why we love it: A very refined, but very welcoming and relaxed hotel!
Tell me more: Here in Brisbane we’re very lucky. Not only do we have all the fantastic natural sights, facilities and events that Brisbane offers, but just one hour’s drive south, we have one of Australia’s premiere holiday destinations – The Gold Coast! And although it’s so close that a day trip is a relatively easy outing, sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye after a day at the beach or shopping, which is a perfect excuse for a little ‘staycation’!
voco (part of the InterContinental Hotels Group – IHG®) has recently opened its very first hotel right here in the Gold Coast’s Surfers Paradise, just a short distance from the action of Cavil Avenue, the beach and nightlife! The almost 400 guestrooms have just been refurbished and refitted to a brand-new standard and have a warm and welcoming feel. Even though we only stayed for a short time, this hotel definitely takes you away and there’s no doubting that you are on holiday! King and twin interconnecting rooms suited us just fine and the kids were very impressed with their room and beds – just as we were when they slept perfectly through the night!
Two swimming pools (and a spa) provided our little guys with plenty of entertainment over our stay – there’s one each to the east and to the west of the hotel build so you could either seek out or avoid the sun as you wished. Both pools offered food and drink service (as did the rooms) and despite the wonderful Surfers Paradise beach being only 5 minutes’ walk away, the pools were very popular with the guests. There’s also an onsite gym, as well as a day-spa for rejuvenating and relaxing treatments. And all rooms and common areas have free Wi-Fi so even as you disconnect and relax, you can always keep in touch as you desire!
Two restaurants service this fabulous hotel, including a fantastic family-friendly option in Waves Buffet Restaurant! Our little guys always love coming to a buffet – they love choosing their own foods and especially the yummy desserts! There’s over 10 different hot meals to choose from as well as a fantastic selection of yummy and healthy salads and of course the desert bar. It’s also the place to be for breakfast as well, with a fantastic full breakfast buffet! Also housed within voco is the wonderful Clifford’s Grill & Lounge restaurant and Social House bar offering tapas and cocktails!
We had a fantastic time on our voco ‘staycation’! It’s great to find a hotel like this that’s stylish and refined but still super relaxing – even with little kids! The staff here are super friendly and helpful and always more than happy to assist you when you need. And after a weekend stay at voco you’re sure to heading home nice and relaxed – just as we did! We can’t wait to visit again!
Brisbane Family Explorers