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#1 purpleblaze

Posted 12 January 2020 - 07:45 PM

We’re looking at booking a family holiday to the GC for our family of 5.  An apartment is a must. DH and I have not been for over 20 years.

Looking at booking.com it seems like the private apartments of known buildings are listed separately- is this correct? There are abbreviations such as GCLR or have a similar name to the well known brand (eg: Q1, mantra etc).

It’s quite confusing.  Is it best to book through this website (we’ve booked lots of other accommodation through booking.com) or is there any other site or avenue to go through that might be simpler? Any recommendations on actual accommodation appreciated. Mid range close to Cavill with 2 bedrooms. Thanks!

#2 theworldsgonemad

Posted 13 January 2020 - 01:38 PM

We booked one through AirBnB, apartment is in one of the major resorts but costing a third of what booking direct with the resort or the other booking sites.  One thing I liked is that you see the exact apartment you're getting & the host leading up to it so far has been so helpful.

#3 PrincessPeach

Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:08 PM

I think air bnb will be your best option if you dont want to book direct with the resort.

But I'd also jump onto wotif.com just to see exactly where these properties are located & if they are close enough to where you want to be. Q1 for example is 4/5 blocks south of Q1. Circle on cavil is right on cavil ave, chevron renaissance is just north of it.

#4 auntycharlie

Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:10 PM

A couple of thoughts:
- the Gold Coast is a really large place, so try working out what areas you'd prefer to stay in. A lot of people like Surfer's Paradise but we've avoided it with young kids because it gets a bit dodgy at night. We really like Broadbeach, but Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach are also great.
-We've used Stayz and AirBnB, and as pp said, both are cheaper than Booking.com. We have also sometimes booked directly with the hotel/unit building and that can be cheaper too - depends on when you are travelling and what specials are around.

#5 .Jerry.

Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:16 PM

Definitely stay in Broadbeach.
Burleigh would be next best.

The beauty of Broadbeach is that you have:
- Beach (es) right there
- Big park, with bike paths, playgrounds, space for picnics etc
- Lots of restaurants (many of whom offer early bird discounts)
- Pacific Fair shopping centre across the road - biggest on coast
- Casino across the road (if you are so inclined)
- Light rail stations to get up to Surfers easily
- Easily accessible
- not as tacky as Surfers
- Central to all other areas.

There are plenty of places you can book direct with there.
We've stayed at The Wave Resort and booked direct.  It has a great pool on the roof, as well as the main pool.  Big apartments.

For a cheaper option, there is Bel Air - also book direct with them.  A little older.  Nice pool, also has a small indoor pool for cooler days (and sauna etc).  Big apartments there - the sub penthouse was huge and not very expensive.

#6 Caribou

Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:22 PM

I just came back from the GC! I stayed in a fab Airbnb in an older style building but apartment had been renovated and 7 min walk to surfers paradise and beachfront. It was brilliant. If you want link, let me know :)

Edited by Caribou, 13 January 2020 - 02:23 PM.

#7 Chchgirl

Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:29 PM

Broadbeach has always been my favourite.  Even when I lived on the Gold coast I spent a lot of time there.

#8 aluminium

Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:47 PM

Last time we went we stayed at Pepper's Soul Surfer's Paradise. It was pricey but it was on sale/deal - and it was a flashy apartment. I loved that we could walk to the restaurants for dinner, it had pools, and was just across the road from the beach. It wasn't far to drive to the theme parks. I'd recommend it.

#9 PrincessPeach

Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:54 PM

View Post.Jerry., on 13 January 2020 - 02:16 PM, said:

- not as tacky as Surfers

So i see this a lot & having spent more time that i would have liked in both places at night lately what is so tacky in surfers?

Both have nightclubs, strip clubs & drunken idiots.

#10 .Jerry.

Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:56 PM

Oh Broadbeach late at night definitely has unsavoury elements!
Surfers just seems more grotty to me and more junky type stores and attractions.  Busier too.

But I grew up with Surfers in the 1980s, so could be negative bias too!

#11 seayork2002

Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:02 PM

We stayed in the Mantra in Brisbane (2 bed apartment) and I think they are on the GC/Surfers

we like that chain

#12 PrincessPeach

Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:05 PM

View Post.Jerry., on 13 January 2020 - 02:56 PM, said:

Oh Broadbeach late at night definitely has unsavoury elements!
Surfers just seems more grotty to me and more junky type stores and attractions.  Busier too.

But I grew up with Surfers in the 1980s, so could be negative bias too!

Oh surfers 1980's is certainly not the place you want to be, white shoe brigade eat your heart out!

there is certainly more tourist attractions in surfers itself. I think because it was easier to get a carpark there - i got so lost parking in the Oasis at Broadbeach.

The park at Broadbeach however, no comparison. Surfers has a concrete forshore.

#13 just roses

Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:24 PM

How old are your kids? If young, try Labrador. It’s really lovely and quiet and the Broadwater is wonderful for kids. We stay at Beaconlea every year and you can see the water and all the lights of Surfers. It’s still central, very close to outlets, not far from theme parks but a lovely spot.

#14 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 13 January 2020 - 10:30 PM

I booked for us just last week, used booking.com.

We are staying in an apartment. It’s about 1km from Cavill avenue and similar to Broadbeach. Right on the beach with awesome views. We got a 2 bedroom for our family of 5.

Good reviews on the accommodation plus I know people who have stayed there irl and we got a good price also.

Edited by ~Jolly_F~, 13 January 2020 - 10:37 PM.

#15 Chchgirl

Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:54 PM

There is plenty of unsavoury elements at night anywhere on the Gold Coast, although I was rarely out late at night.

Even in the day in some spots. That's why we only lasted 2 years living there.

I've lived in Hope Island, Southport,  Burleigh,  Miami and Brisbane.  Southport and Burleigh were where I felt least safe at night.

#16 purpleblaze

Posted 18 January 2020 - 10:34 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies.

#17 purpleblaze

Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:19 PM

We’ve booked the waves at Broadbeach. They had a sale on and by booking direct we got an awesome deal! Thanks to the EB community for your advice.

#18 .Jerry.

Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:52 PM

Great.  :)   Good location.
Have stayed there before.  DD loved the pool and spa on the roof.  Restaurants everywhere there.  Apartment we had was very big.


#19 Allegra99

Posted 21 January 2020 - 07:53 PM

View Postpurpleblaze, on 21 January 2020 - 07:19 PM, said:

We’ve booked the waves at Broadbeach. They had a sale on and by booking direct we got an awesome deal! Thanks to the EB community for your advice.

We are at Wave Resort at the moment- it’s fabulous. Great location, great apartments.

#20 TheGreenSheep

Posted 21 January 2020 - 08:10 PM

Great spot, we have stayed just up the block from there. Walked everywhere, lots of places to eat at night, supermarket to get groceries, short drive to other things. Have fun!

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