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The Best Gold Coast Accommodation To Book In 2023

By Isabel Croker
20th Jan 2023

The Gold Coast punches well above its weight when it comes to dishing up the best accommodation, but don’t just take our word for it—it’s time you spent a weekend in our pocket of paradise. 

Whether you’re here for a vacay or just a relaxing staycay you’ll need a place to rest your head. We've done the hard work and slept around, so we guarantee the best Gold Coast accommodation will have you whipping out your credit card ASAP and stocking up on the essentials. And by essentials, we mean wine, lots of wine. Scroll on for 21 of the Gold Coast's best accommodation in 2023.

Best Hotels & Motels
qtQT Cabins

Surfers Paradise

The Gold Coast's newest accommodation experience has just been unveiled and to say it's unique is an understatement. qtQT is a one-of-a-kind stay experience; an open-air, rooftop urban oasis hidden in the heart of Surfers Paradise with six luxury cabins which will make you feel like you've been whisked away to a tropical sanctuary. Sounds mysterious? It is. The intimate qtQT cabins each feature a private balcony, ultra-luxe amenities and can accommodate two guests, all set within a lush green oasis. qtQT sets itself leagues apart from other Gold Coast accommodation with its curated experiences—you're not just staying in a hotel, you're designing your dream stay.  Your personal 'Curator of Sunshine' will help you design your perfect retreat, with bespoke activities including the likes of rooftop yoga, sushi making and whisky tasting at Yamagen, and an exclusive SpaQ package

QT Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise

This quirky hotel smack bang in the middle of Surfers is the perfect place to rest your head in the party playground and is hands down, one of the Gold Coast's best accommodation spots. QT Gold Coast kind of has everything you could possibly want so you may not even step a foot outside. For starters, they have some of the best eats on the Coast. Their Bazaar dining area features cuisines from all over the world, from freshly shucked oysters and king prawns to a pizza station and the most epic dessert bar—you’ll want to wear your stretchy pants for this one. There’s also exquisite Japanese eatery Yamagen, cocktail haven Stingray Lounge, and a gorgeous café for your morning coffee fix. QT Gold Coast boasts a truly Insta-worthy pool and a luscious spa, as well as complimentary use of the retro cruiser bikes—cute. Trust us, this is one hotel you won’t want a one-night stand with.

Blue Water Motel

Kingscliffa blue motel, the best accommodation gold coast

Just steps from Kingscliff Beach, Blue Water Motel is a stunning new-look boutique motel which we've already fallen in love with. Inspired by the laid-back, relaxed vibe of Kingscliff and with just a touch of retro cool, this 60's style boutique motel is a like luxury stay, without the premium price tag. Home to 17 uniquely designed rooms, Blue Water Motel also boasts a saltwater swimming pool, bike hire and it's dog friendly, so no one has to miss out. This re-imagined nostaglic motel is casual, cool, and is the exactly where you want to be for your next family getaway, romantic trip, or honestly, any holiday. Once you venture inside, you'll feel the relaxing vibes wash over you, and you might just never want to leave.

The Pink Hotel

Coolangattaa pink hotel, one of the best accommodation on the gold coast

If the 'gram-worthy factor rates highly on your list of pros when looking for accomodation, then we've found the ultimate digs for you. Located on uber-cool Cooly beach, you can't miss this candy-pink hue hotel. The Pink Hotel boasts 17 stunning rooms, six of which are luxury suites each with its own identity. They're a mix of rockstar and retro-chic with a subtle touch of Scandi. Expect bright pops of colour mixed with dusty jewel tones. There’s fur throws, velvet rugs, custom neon-lit poetry by Coco Loberg and Smeg fridges stocked with Young Henry’s beers. When you’re ready to catch some of those gorgeous GC rays, head on upstairs to the rooftop where cabana beds await you, oh and some of the most incredible views of the coastline. Thirsty? Their rooftop bar Santeria will keep you refreshed with cocktails aplenty. Our top pick for the Gold Coast’s most Instagrammable hotel.

The Island

Surfers Paradisebest gold coast accommodation

The Island is what you wished your home looked like—all the fresh and fancy feels that bring the outdoors within their lush white walls. The iconic venue has a vibrant, spacious and modern style that radiates luxury and relaxation while ensuring you feel like you made your way to paradise. Immerse yourself in The Island experience and stay in one of the 98 luxurious boutique rooms and suites, each with stunning views across either the Surfers Paradise CBD or the Gold Coast Hinterland. Home to the Gold Coast’s biggest rooftop bar and sprawling alfresco patio, The Island Rooftop is bringing the cool back to the tourist precinct’s after-dark scene with DJs, a retro-styled cocktail bar, ample seating, nooks and one of the best Sunday sessions on the Coast. Stop looking for one of the Gold Coast’s best hotels, ‘cause you’ve found it here.

JW Marriott Resort

Surfers Paradise

JW Marriott in Surfers Paradise undertook massive renovations in 2020—$35 million dollars' worth to be exact. So what does a $35 million-dollars refurbishment look like? Well, we’re talking a total refresh of the 223 rooms and suites, as well as the Marriott’s two original restaurants, the lobby lounge and bar and pool bar. JW Marriott's signature teppanyaki restaurant, Misono,  showcases Japanese-inspired dining experiences, including an intimate izakaya, tearoom, sushi bar and a Japanese whisky bar with a stunning new outdoor terrace—we’ll happily confirm that sipping Japanese whiskey while staring out into a Surfers Paradise sunset never gets old. Citrique, the Marriott's main restaurant, now features a new interactive show kitchen, placing locally sourced produce and seafood at the heart of its sublime daily menu. Stop the search for one of the Gold Coast's best hotels, 'cause you've found it.

La Costa Motel

Bilingabest Gold Coast accommodation

Situated just a hop, skip and a jump to the barely touched, squeaky clean sands of Bilinga Beach, and smack bang in the middle of Kirra and Tugun, this is one of our favourite spots to spend a night (or a few) on the Gold Coast. La Costa Motel has a retro, nostalgic feel complete with a white picket fence and colourful deck chairs in the courtyard, while the rooms are beautifully simple and have everything you need for a comfortable vacay (and yes they include a minibar if you forget to grab something for a nightcap). A short stroll to Mervyn Roy’s for your morning cup of joe and freshly baked scones and then watch the sunrise over the sea, followed by a mid-morning acai bowl (from our favourites at Niche and Co) will make you never want to leave. Honestly, we might stay forever. Please and thanks.

Q1 Resort & Spa

Surfers Paradise

If you’re going to holiday in Surfers, you might as well go big, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the iconic—and 230 metre high—Q1 Resort & Spa. Australia’s tallest residential tower boasts state-of-the-art, self-contained apartments, capturing breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, the sparkling lights of the city and the lush green of the hinterland. Level up the luxury and unwind at one of their three swimming pools, or indulge at the award-winning day spa. Hungry? They’ve got you covered there too with Osaka Kaiten for high-end Japanese cuisine or the Seventy7 Cafe for memorable sky-high dining. If you’re feeling adventurous, conquer the Skypoint Observation Deck Climb, which is Australia’s highest external building climb and boasts 360-degree panoramic views from a staggering 270 metres above sea level. 

Mantra Circle On Cavill

Surfers Paradise

Location, location, location is what Mantra Circle on Cavill is all about. Centrally located on Ferny Avenue in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Mantra Circle on Cavill should be your go-to accommodation on the Gold Coast if you want to easily commute to all of the Gold Coast's top tourist attractions. The hotel itself is 69 storeys high and boasts a 12-seat theatrette, two lagoon-style pools, an indoor heated pool, a full gym and onsite parking. Mantra also gets our vote as one of the best family-friendly accommodation spots on the Gold Coast.

Mercure Resort

Carrara

'Where beach meets the hinterland' is the Mercure's mantra and it couldn't be more accurate. Nestled among a picturesque green-belt of golf courses in Carrara, the Mercure definitely takes things at a slower pace, while still only being a 10 minute drive from most Gold Coast hotspots. Mercure Resort is ideal for conferences and events, as it has several sprawling outdoor spaces, plenty of parking and a dedicated event planning team. 

Best Luxury Hotels
Dorsett Gold Coast

Broadbeach

Dorsett Gold Coast is Australia’s first Dorsett hotel, so when it opened its doors in December 2021, it’s safe to say it made a splash. Located within The Star, the stylish Dorsett boasts 313 chic hotel rooms all decked out with top-of-the-range appliances, sweeping coastline, ocean and Hinterland views and king beds in every room. If you don’t get excited about a king bed, you need to rethink your priorities. While the rooms are certainly impressive, it’s Dorsett’s hotel features and location that secures it as one of the Gold Coast’s best hotels. You’ll have exclusive access to Isoletto Pool Club, a heated 12-metre rooftop infinity pool, direct connection to The Star and all its venues and the hotel’s Level 19 Executive VIP Lounge. We love that all of the hotel’s impressive artworks are designed by Gold Coast locals. Book in at one of the Gold Coast’s newest hotels and we promise you’ll be back again…and again. 

The Langham

Surfers Paradise

The Langham towers high like a shining spire as the tallest of the three eye-catching Jewel Towers in Surfers Paradise. Boasting 17 different types of elegant rooms and suites, direct beachfront access, panoramic ocean views and stunning Hinterland views, The Langham, Gold Coast offers an unprecedented level of five-star accommodation on the Gold Coast. The grand 339-room luxury destination is also the first hotel with direct beachfront access to be built on the Gold Coast in more than 30 years. The Langham is home to grandeur facilities including a lagoon-style beachfront pool with a swim-up pool bar and spa, a holistic Chinese medicine-inspired wellness spa, a state-of-the-art health club and six dining and bar venues.

The Darling

Broadbeachbest Gold Coast accommodation

A pretty special place worth saving your pennies for and treating a darling in your life, this hotel is luxury at its finest, boasting six fanciful stars. The Darling is located at the front of The Star Gold Coast, 17 stories high in the sky, right in the heart of Broadbeach. Get this—the deluxe suites have the choice of billiard rooms, a karaoke room or a private gym plus a butler. As if you wouldn’t already be feeling pretty lucky to be staying here, there is a bridge adjoining the hotel to the casino. The infinity pool is also worth a special mention because it juts out 5 metres from the side of the building and is 67 metres above the ground with spectacular views of the coastline. You won’t have to leave your perch in the sky with Nineteen at The Star proving a delight to your senses, and most importantly, those taste buds. A stay here should be added to your Christmas wish list. Dreams are free right?

Palazzo Versace

Main Beach

There’s something about fancy hotels we love—whether it’s the prime locations, stunning rooms or just those fluffy bathrobes, there’s something special about them. And when a hotel ticks all of those boxes, you know you’re onto one of the Gold Coast’s best hotels. Palazzo Versace is just that—an exclusive waterfront setting, spectacular architecture, opulent accommodation, extraordinary service and an ambience of pure glamour. Stay in the lap of luxury in one of their 200 light-filled, artfully designed rooms before you feast at their award-winning restaurants—from refined fine dining to a Gold Coast high tea, each restaurant and bar serves as a tribute to the Versace brand’s luxury aesthetic. Palazzo Versace is ticking all the boxes as one of the Gold Coast’s best luxury hotels. 

Sheraton Grand Mirage

Main Beach

Would you really expect a roundup of the Gold Coast’s best hotels not to include the Sheraton? The Gold Coast's only five-star beachfront resort, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is a distinctive tropical oasis set amongst six hectares of sparkling lagoons and lush gardens. The hotel oozes luxury—from the modern design to the opulent furnishings to the compelling art pieces, everything has been carefully selected to set the grandiose tone. Home to four award-winning restaurants and bars, you’ll struggle to choose where you want to dine (it must just be the hardest decision you make during your stay). Pro tip: don’t check out until you’ve treated yourself to a cocktail in the Oasis Pool’s swim-up bar.

Best Airbnbs
Stargazer

Beechmontbest Gold Coast accommodation

If you want to fall asleep under the stars but in the comfort and warmth of a bed, Stargazer house has you covered. The house’s glass ceilings make stargazing possible from rooms all over the house and glass walls make watching the sunset possible from the bathtub. Apart from the stunning glass ceilings and walls, there’s an outdoor fireplace, entertainment deck and a pizza oven. Yes, a pizza oven, you read that correctly. Enjoy the views of rolling hills and ridges and the starry night sky with a woodfired slice of pizza in hand—it’s the only right way to do it.

Chippewa Cottage

Mermaid Beach

This cozy little cottage has a breezy retro vibe with the quaintest touches throughout, reminiscent of a 1960s beach retreat. The beach home sleeps six people with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, has a plunge pool that looks like it belongs in Palm Springs and is a quiet and private space just one block from the beach. Chippewa Cottage’s living room also opens out onto an alfresco dining area with a perfect backyard view. The kitchen has touches of the old school mixed with modernity, like the sleek Smeg fridge and other appliances, while the bathrooms are pretty psychedelic with the cutest old pink basin. Chippewa Cottage is probably the most unique place on our list of beautiful Gold Coast Airbnbs and is definitely for those appreciative of finer details among us.

The Mermaid Quarters 

Mermaid Beach

Spoiler alert: The Mermaid Quarters has a private heated pool and is situated a stone’s throw from the ocean’s shore. Decked out in stunning aqua and turquoise tones, this idyllic space is hands down one of the best beach houses on the Gold Coast for a Mermaid Beach escape. Think seaside home with a massive cubby house. The 1960s-styled abode features bunks for the kids while the adults drink and dine on the patio. A mere stroll to Bam Bam bakehouse, The Mermaid Quarters is nothing short of a beachside paradise. Book here.

Avalon Abode 

Currumbin

From the creators of Trader Trove homewares store in Miami, this luxury holiday rental is dream home goals. The stylish space is newly renovated with high ceilings, double-glazed windows, a soothing colour palette and strolling distance to one of the Gold Coast’s best beaches. At Avalon Abode you will feel at home, away from home, on your holiday with all the special touches making it a stress-free stay, from complimentary tea, Nespresso coffee machine, beer, wine, toiletries and Netflix. You won’t need to fight over who gets the big bedroom either, as there are two master bedrooms in this indulgent abode. After a stay here, you might get a little inspired and head to Trader Trove to pick up some rattan and rustic furniture to take home with you. If you’re hunting for one of the Gold Coast's best accommodation, stop the search, 'cause you've found Avalon Abode.

Best Glamping Spots
Nightfall

Lamington National Park 

If you're looking for a truly luxurious glamping experience close to home, Nightfall has nailed glamping with the perfect combination of secluded wilderness and wholesome luxuries. In summer, you can open your canvas walls (don’t worry, there’s still mesh for the bugs) to relish in the surrounding rainforests. While in winter you can keep it intimately closed, spending your eves relaxing in the free-standing bath or curling up around the fireplace. Pretty awesome, right? Next, there are the finer details of each tent—elements like hand-carved stone basins, smooth wire-brushed timber floors, and lush organic bedding elevate luxury to new and lofty heights. If you want to go next-level luxury glamping, you can even opt for complete organic catering which basically means more time to enjoy the private natural spa pools, lazy hammocks, explorations into the tangled forest, or—wait for it—an outdoor massage by the creek. 

The Hideaway

Cabarita Beach

At The Hideaway, boho canvas tents are scattered around to create a gorgeous village, just moments away from the beach. You can sleep in stunning bell tents complete with plush beds, featuring pillowy soft Koala mattresses, floor rugs, bedside tables and lamps, charging sockets and tripod fans for those hot summer nights. The luxury versions even have their own air-conditioning unit, bar fridge, king-sized bed and lounge chair—it’s practically a hotel room. As well as the stunning tents, the compact resort features shipping containers upcycled to create a chill-out zone, communal kitchen and cooking area, complete with BBQs and inviting picnic tables, designed with mingling in mind. Basically, a stay here will ruin your reality of everyday camping for life. 

Of course, now you’ve found somewhere to rest your head, you need somewhere to fill your belly. We’ve got all your wining and dining needs covered with the best new venue openings on the Gold Coast.

Image Credit: Brooke Darling Photography, Kaitlin Maree Photography, Hayley Williamson Photography, The Island Gold Coast, Dorsett, QT Hotels, Nightfall & Airbnb 

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