The Best Hotels on the Gold Coast
Renowned for its white sandy beaches, surf breaks and nightlife, the Gold Coast is a haven for anyone looking to let their hair down a little. Beyond its pristine beaches, the Gold Coast is also home to the country’s biggest theme parks, exquisite restaurants and bars, as well as boutique and high end shopping experiences. This stretch of coastline really is full of excitement, bristling with vibrant culture.
After any visit to the famed Surfers Paradise and its neighbouring beaches, sun-soaked residents will convince you to never leave. With the Gold Coast being a hot tourist destination for interstate Aussies and global jetsetters alike, the options for accommodation are seemingly endless. From palatial hotels and boutique bnbs to serviced apartments and quirky resorts, there’s just about something for everyone. We’ve made things easier for you by handpicking the best hotels on the Gold Coast to call home during your stay.
Live a glamorous lifestyle in the world of Versace. Renowned for its luxury and glamour, the Palazzo Versace is designed with the finest Italian furnishing. Guests are welcomed to a world of luxury as soon as they walk through the Palace doors. Palazzo Versace boasts three award-winning restaurants and exclusive waterfront views. The hotel is a first from the world of Versace, who chose the golden beaches of Gold Coast to make their mark.
Begin your stay with a Rolls-Royce airport pick up and spend your first night gazing at the ocean views with room service at the door. Although you may be tempted to stay within your decadent hotel room or condominium, soak in the sun with a cocktail by the pool. Guests will have an unforgettable experience at Vanitas’s Italian dining. If temptation sides with Australian produce, head to Il Barocco.
- Prices for Palazzo Versace, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $264++ per night. Click for best available prices.
The Darling is situated within the Gold Coast’s Star Casino. This fusion of boutique design and luxury boasts some of the biggest rooms in Queensland, each dripping with opulence from the gold and purple furnishings to the bold artwork on the walls.
While the Darling also has a location in Sydney’s Star Casino, it’s the Gold Coast hotel that features clear blue skies of Broadbeach. Make it a habit to visit the spa each day. For high-fashion shopping and a place to gather all your beach essentials, head to Pacific Fair. Looking to be spoiled in a world-renowned gastronomy? Nineteen, the Star’s restaurant, boasts a menu filled with oysters, roast duck, Russian caviar. For after-dinner entertainment, try your hand at billiards or spend a night signing in their karaoke room.
- Prices for The Darling, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $224++ per night. Click for best available prices.
This beachside destination is a wonder to the eye and sits in the middle of Gold Coast’s tourist destination, Surfers Paradise. Post-check in, unwind at the spa with a full body massage. If Or perhaps a sweaty session at the gym. Enjoy a well-earned meal at one of the many restaurants throughout QT.
Guests can relax poolside with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other. If you’re looking to get out and about, QT offers guests complimentary use of their cruiser bikes. Now that’s a treat! After working up an appetite head to one of the 6 cafes, bars and restaurants within the hotel and have a taste of cuisines from all over the world. Appease your senses at Bazaar or Yamagen and finish the night off with a kaleidoscope of cocktails at Stingray.
- Prices for QT Gold Coast, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $113++ per night. Click for best available prices.
The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is an ideal escape from city life thanks to the lush natural landscapes surrounding it. The Cove Café and The Fireplace boast gourmet meals from breakfast to dinner. If your desire is to stay as close to the pool as possible, grab a meal at the Pool House before heading to the InterContinental’s Lagoon Beach, a one-acre playground for couples, families, and the occasional fashion photoshoot. Surrounded by beach huts, the Lagoon is the perfect place to lounge about for the day with a cool drink in hand.
Guests are treated to bespoke itineraries, a mixture of indoor and outdoor treats. Spend a day on The Palms 18-hole golf course that spreads across acres of land and ranks Top Hundred lists. Enjoy fine dining with a High Coffee experience, a first for Queensland. With delicious pastries and cakes inspired and infused with coffee, the insatiable treat for the senses is an InterContinental must-do. With so much to see and do, you will quickly extend a weekend away to a week’s vacation.
- Prices for InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $151++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Address: 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218
The Sofitel hotel puts you right in the heart of the Gold Coast, on Broadbeach. No matter which of the 296 rooms you choose to stay in, the views are breathtaking, from Hinterland landscapes to the vast Pacific Ocean. Expect blonde wood interiors, spacious work desks, and comfortable king-sized beds. Browse through the pillow menu to attain that perfect night’s sleep.
Endure a work-out session at the gym or, if something lighter is preferred, enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s yoga mats. Take a short trip to the Convention Centre or Pacific Fair for a day of shopping. There’s also the added convenience of the Gold Coast light rail sitting on the Sofitel’s doorstep. Return to the hotel to indulge your senses in French cuisine or resort-style bistro al fresco.
- Prices for Sofitel Gold Coast, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $200++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Address: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, 4217 QLD
Gold Coasts chicest boutique hotel is The Island. Perfect for families traveling together, the 98 rooms incorporate the comfort of being a home away from home. Facilities include a pool and spa, gaming lounge, activities to occupy the kids, and a range of events to enjoy, whether that be the Australian Open or the State of Origin.
Recently, The Island paved the way for the Island Glasshouse, a marquee-style venue that hosts weddings, exhibitions, galas, and more. The Glasshouse stands at over 600 square meters and boasts an alfresco bar area. This is a hotel you’ll want to spend more than a night in. After a day of roaming through the Gold Coast, consider a change of scene and head up to the Island Rooftop where a live DJ plays the best sets in all of the Gold Coast, or opt for a mellow scene with cocktails at the Duke’s Parlour.
- Prices for The Island, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $101++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Address: 31 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast QLD 4217, Australia
Voco is a drop of luxury on the Gold Coast. With sustainably as a driving force, Voco allows you to enjoy filtered tap water from your room and has you feeling your best with environmentally friendly bathroom products. Breakfast with a view is the perfect way to spend your mornings before you head over to the day spa for a facial or massage.
In need of a day of therapy? Make it a habit to visit the day spa and indulge in the rejuvenating and healing coastal treatments. As the sun sets, experience unforgettable sunsets from the rooftop pool. End the night with a nightcap at Social House, one of Voco’s many in-house restaurants and bars.
- Prices for Voco, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $117++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Peppers Broadbeach is more than sculptured towers captured in city skylines. The building not only catches the eye of budding photographers but leisure-seeking travelers. Guests have a choice of panoramic views of the mesmerizing Hinterlands or the calming blue Pacific. Peppers provide a luxurious interior complete with European appliances.
Choose your spot and hang by the outdoor spa or lap pool. Keep up with your daily workout at the in-house gym, complete with a steam room. Take a moment to meditate in the Zen gardens. Afterward, treat the family to a teppanyaki barbeque, then settle down for a film in the private cinema. Alternatively, take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service and enjoy a night on the town.
- Prices for Peppers Broadbeach, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $191++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Address: 3440 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Rhapsody Resort is a snapshot of the ideal leisure setting with stunning ocean views. Apartments range from studio to one- and two-bedroom, perfect for couples or families. There’s no better way to spend your holiday than at a stunning beachside resort a mere 100 meters from the golden sands of Surfers Paradise. If you’d rather stay by the pool, be sure to ask for an aperitif to keep you company under the sun.
Be sure to catch the market on level 47, where an array of treats is ready for guests. Thanks to the several restaurants near the resort, guests won’t be searching for more than a few steps for a delicious meal. After a long day spent at the beach, head back to the private terrace, and host friends while you enjoy the sunset.
- Prices for Rhapsody Resort, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $176++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Qube Broadbeach is your home away from home – with a touch of luxury. These aparthotels range from 1-bedroom apartments to 2 or 3 and come complete with European appliances. Each apartment comes with a kitchen, allowing you to enjoy a meal with a spectacular view. With each view looking out to either a pool or garden. Spend the afternoon in the billiards room or perhaps spend the night in watching the AFL Grand Final with the complimentary Foxtel.
Travel is made easy with the light rail outside the Qube Resort’s front steps, easy access to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, while Kurrawa Beach is heartbeats away. Spend the day at one of the many theme parks bursting with fun and adventure the whole family can enjoy. For a night adventure, be sure to stop by Star Casino and enjoy a meal at one of their many restaurants.
- Prices for Qube Broadbeach, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $133++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Experience the lush beaches of Burleigh Heads at Bon Sol apartments. Spend your first night in the apartments with a complimentary vintage champagne. The apartments are a cornucopia of color and patterns that will transport you to a luxurious 1960s retro era. That’s only one of the reasons you’ll want to stay a few extra days here.
Bon Sol sits in the heart of the Gold Coast and oozes beach lifestyle. It’s a short walk to the best cafes and restaurants around, and if you’re looking for a night in the town, there are many bars to choose from. When it’s time to stretch your legs and take in the sun, your very own beach lounges and esky filled with chilled beverages will be waiting for you down at Burleigh beach. If you’re feeling tired from a long day under the sun, order a bar straight to your room with Bon Sol’s drink trolley.
- Prices for Bon Sol Apartments, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at AU $790++ per night. Click for best available prices.
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The recently opened Iconic Kirra Beach is looking to take the title of being just that – iconic. The building is an architectural inspiration, with its interiors boasting tranquillity and luxury. Guests have a choice to stay in two- or three-bedroom apartments. With room overlooking spectacular ocean views, breakfast in bed is a must.
There’s no shortage of things to experience while staying at the Iconic. There’s an onsite gym, a heated pool, and superb restaurants to satisfy guests. Whether it’s a world-class surfing you’re after, or just a beautiful headland walk and swim, the Iconic offers it all. Head to the Hinterlands and wander through lush rainforests, only a 44km drive away. Alternatively, Kirra Point draws in the best surfers from around the world. Guests seeking something a little more subtle can take a dip in the natural swimming pool at Snapper Rocks, 2.5km from the Iconic.
- Prices for The Iconic Kirra, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $147++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Staying at Halcyon House is staying at a spot by the sea. Each guest room and suite has the bespoke touch of an interior designer. The designs are eclectic and are enigmatically coupled with the antique furniture and fabric upholstered walls. Experience views from either a private balcony or terrace for each guest to enjoy. Breakfast is served a la carte or take a picnic on the beach with a Halcyon Signature Beach Picnic. After a long day at the beach, head down to the Paper Daisy restaurant to feast on a four-course dinner.
There’s no shortage of relaxing and rejuvenating activities to do at Halcyon House. Pamper yourself with soul-soothing spa treatments. Facial therapies and steam room treatments make Halcyon Spa’s treatment a sanctuary by the sea. Afterward, you can shop at the in-house Halcyon Atelier, which holds a collection of vacation essentials with a bespoke touch. Alternatively, guests can practice yoga on the beach or take surfing lessons provided to first-time surfers.
- Prices for Halcyon House, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $1,149++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Hikari House is found just south of the Gold Coast, in Kingscliff, and sits perfectly on a quarter acre beachfront block. This boutique stay is inspired by mid-century design. Soak in the Northern sun while indoors thanks to the floor to ceiling glass walls. After all, Hikari is the Japanese word for light. Up to 8 guests can stay comfortably in this 4-bedroom house. There’s more than enough space at Hikari House, with 1 king-size bed and 3 queen-size beds plus a private carport for guests.
Once you land, guests will immediately want to explore the property. Settle in and float the day away in their magnesium pool, lounge about on the hammock, surf using a complimentary surfboard, or play a game of soccer in the spacious yard. Consider starting your morning with a 3-kilometer walk or bike ride in the nearby pathways. Afterward, relax in the heated spa with a glass of champagne. The closest airport for guests to arrive from is Coolangatta. Cafes and patrolled beaches are steps away, otherwise guests can make a short drive to Byron Bay, shopping centers, or to a more natural landscape, like the surrounding waterfalls and mountains.
- Prices for Hikari House, one of the best hotels on the Gold Coast, start at US $668++ per night. Click for best available prices.
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