View from my hotel room
There are two famous beaches at Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. The former is more touristy but also more developed, and the latter is a ghost town at night. The most convenient hotels you can stay at are Hilton Surfers Paradise and Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise, smack right in the center of the action. If you’re on a budget, there are several affordable ones; make sure it’s walkable distance to Hanlan Street.
View from the hotel corridor
We won Best Asia’s Food Blog, and Asia Rooms gifted us a S$300 hotel voucher. The rule stipulated that we couldn’t top up the voucher, so we picked Crowne Plaza, a 4-star hotel, midway between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. If you walk along the sea, it takes 30 minutes to each beach. But there is a tram, newly started 2-3 months ago. The stop is just in front of Crowne Plaza, and takes about 10 minutes to either beaches. From Crowne Plaza, it takes only about 30-40 minutes to Gold Coast Airport by tram and bus. Economical and very convenient.
Crowne Plaza is the perfect location for horror movies–I love it! Beside the laundromat at the basement, the empty gym looks like it has been converted from a hospital room. There are two swimming pools, and both are lit with green lights at night. How scary is that!
We didn’t stay at the main tower, which looked festive. Our Gold Tower was empty as Jack Nicholson’s The Shining. My friend was so frightened that for the first time in our entire trip, he knocked on the hotel room door to “inform” any unseen occupants we were entering, a Singaporean superstition! He was so frightened that I had to prop a chair against the door knob to assure him that zombies couldn’t enter our room. HAHA!
One area that contributes to the fright factor is that the room is old. But it is spacious. How many hotels have balconies these days? There is a glimpse of seaview, and the sea breeze is invigorating. As you enter the room, there is a “walk in closet” to the left, which leads to a bathroom, and a separate toilet. The bathroom has a jacuzzi! Wheeeee!
Quite a harrowing experience for my friend, but quite a fun one for me. Good service too: There was a slim male receptionist that was very friendly and made the check-in process smooth. If you don’t mind that Crowne Plaza isn’t in the happening area, go for it.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
Categories: Gold Coast