Friday, September 26, 2014

Australia 2014 | Family-Friendly Serviced Apartments in Gold Coast

When I travel with family for extended periods of time, I prefer to stay at serviced apartments. Since it's going to be our home away from home for more than a few days, I want more comfort, space {so important with kids!!} and freedom for my family.

They may be slightly more expensive than a hotel room's stay, but with dining areas and a fully equipped kitchen, we can prepare our own food and save money on eating out. Not to mention convenient.

When we were at Gold Coast for 2 weeks, we stayed in 2 different serviced apartments. Both were in excellent locations that gave us great view of the Surfers Paradise beach, had free wifi, Foxtel cable channels and not too pricey either. I'd highly recommend any of them.

The Shore Holiday Apartments was not too far from QT, the conference venue for Problogger Event. A few participants had stayed there before too, and the Tripadvisor reviews were pretty good {ranked #12 of 93 as of Sep 2014}.

The furniture and decor was rather dated, but still pretty clean. For the price and location, it was good value-for-money. We were also given a corner room with all our windows facing the beach so that was a definitely a win for me ;) It got cold some nights since there's no central heating, but you're given a small heater in each room and extra blankets.

If you come during summer,  there's the ceiling fan and floor fan to use. Lots of windows so plenty of air ventilation and bright sunlight in the apartment!

Room types: Only one-bedroom apartments, each with views of the ocean and Gold Coast beach.

Rates: From A$93/night. Children under 2 years old stay for free or A$35/stay for a child's cot. One older child or adult is charged A$25/person per night in an extra bed. Only one extra cot or bed allowed in a room.

Location: About 10-15 mins walk from the centre of Surfers Paradise - Cavill Avenue. Since it's slightly away from the bustle, our part of the beach is not so crowded or noisy, which I like. It is still very convenient though with nearby bus-stops {access to theme parks & attractions}, convenience stores, small attractions e.g. mini golf courses, and a G-Link tram station {Surfers Paradise North} just a short stroll away.

Room amenities: Separate bedroom with a Queen-sized bed, fully equipped kitchen {stove, microwave, fridge, kettle, crockery, cutlery etc.} and a full bathroom. Complimentary Foxtel cable, room WIFI {Superior rooms only}, lobby WIFI, bed linen & towels, ironing board.

No washing machine, dryer, bathing soap, shampoo or toothbrushes. Change of linen and towels only after 8 days stay.

Accommodation facilities: Outdoor gated swimming pool & heated jacuzzi, Café {excellent breakfast sets!} & Bar, BBQ pits, coin-operated laundry area and luggage storage room.

Parking: Free undercover parking or rear building parking for guests {reservation not required}.

Services: Reception staff can help you to book airport shuttles, attraction transport, buy attraction tickets, fax or photocopy documents. Note that reception is only open until weekdays 5pm and weekends 12 pm.

Check-in: 2pm - 5pm {free}, after which you've to pay a fee for a security officer to help you with late check-in since the reception staff are off-duty.

Check-out: Up to 10am, but you can request for late check-out {fee may apply}.

The Shore Holiday Apartments
2 Ocean Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Tel: +61 7 5539 0388

My sister and her family joined us in the later part of our holiday so we moved to Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences {H Residences} to stay together in one apartment {since Shore only had one-bedroom apartments}. It is right smack in the middle of Surfers Paradise center so the shops and restaurants were right at our doorstep!

They were built just a few years back, so everything is very contemporary and new. Since it is located above Hilton Hotel {most of the apartments are situated on high floor levels, boasting sensational ocean or city views}, it had all the comfort and convenience of a fully-contained holiday apartment and we could use the 5-star services and facilities too!

We had a room with a large balcony with the beach view, 2 bed-rooms and 2 separate toilets. One of the bedrooms even had a huge walk-in wardrobe! It certainly lives up to its name of being luxurious and part of the Hilton group. 

Room types: One, two, three or four bedroom apartments available.

Rates: From A$150/night. Where the booking is for more than the number of people listed, extra beds will be provided at an additional fee of A$55/person per booking. A bit more expensive, but still all right when you share it out.

Location: Located just off Cavill Avenue, a few minutes walk to Cavill Mall, Paradise Centre and all the shops & restaurants located there. Woolworths and Coles supermarket are within walking distance too. Nearest G-Link tram stations are Cavill Avenue and Surfers Paradise.

Room amenities: Open-plan design with bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens {electric stove-top, dishwasher, microwave, oven, fridge, kettle, crockery, cutlery etc.}, washing machine, dryer, iron, ironing board, bed linen & towels, bathing soap, shampoo and toothbrushes. Complimentary Foxtel cable, room WIFI, and Blu-Ray player. Centralised heating and air-conditioning. 

Change of linen and towels only after 7 days stay, but you can, of course, wash them in the room's washing machine.

Accommodation facilities: Lagoon-style outdoor swimming pool, indoor heated pool {but was still pretty cold!}, indoor jacuzzi, children's splash pool, BBQ huts and alfresco dining areas, restaurants, gym {the boy was so happy!}, fully equipped games room, in-house theatre room, saunas etc.

Parking: Free and secure {card-access only} underground parking for guests.

Services: 24-hours reception staff can help you to book airport shuttles, attraction transport, buy attraction tickets, fax or photocopy documents. They helped me to mail a postcard to Lil Pumpkin too :)

Check-in: 3pm

Check-out: Up to 11am, but you can request for late check-out {fee may apply}.

Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences
6 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Tel: +61 7 56808000

Where else would you recommend for a family stay in Gold Coast?



Sally@Toddlers on Tour said...

Self contained appartments are great for families especially if you are travelling with young children.

I thik for the extra cost the Hilton sound way better.

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile said...

Oh I so need to make a trip to the Gold Coast! These apartments look great!!

Stacy said...

Yep yep agree that an apartment is definitely more convenient when bringing the kids. For me, hubby wants to bring the maid also (to take care of the kids) so I need a 2-bedroom apartment.... *pocketache*

Your photos look lovely. I'm looking forward to when my kids are big enough to bring on long holidays overseas.

Masshole Mommy said...

That looks like a really nice place to stay!!

mail4rosey said...

That price is amazing! It does look like a really nice place to stay.

An Apel a Day said...

That does look like the perfect type of place. It does help to have the things you need when you're on vacay. Especially if it's for a long extended time.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Even with out dated furniture, I'd still stay there. The convenience factor of apartment living would really draw me in!

Lara at Charming Language said...

Great suggestions there. We are just in Brisbane, so we like to head up or down the coast for short getaways. Serviced apartments are definitely the way to go with a family. Great to be able to bring along some food to cook and cut down on the take away options. Makes it feel more like a home away from home.

Grace said...

Oh, these are great options! We did our first family holiday to the GC about 4 years ago and were so disappointed with our accommodation.
When we go back there we'll have a better idea, I think.