The Gold Coast’s QT Hotel at Surfer’s Paradise

The global Rydges Hotels’ PR brief, describe their Australian brand of Hotels as possessing “a true Australian personality.”

If QUIRKY is an accurate adjective fitting an atypical Australian personality, then the QT Gold Coast, located in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise, has more than met its PR brief.

I booked a room for a night as I was attending the 2013 ProBloggers Conference, held at the QT Gold Coast Hotel Not only was this a fantastic venue for conference attendees but it also provided a near five-star accommodation experience.

The QT website suggests guests will experience something “unique and un-traditional.”

Retro is the vibe as you exit the lift into the lobby. The various holograms on the lift walls transform each usually uneventful lift ride into a unique experience.

The conference was with 450 participants. We took up two conference rooms and an informal lounge. The food provided between conference sessions was out of this world. And being ProBlogger with a room full of social media addicts, Instagram and Twitter went into over-drive as photos and tweets of the QT snacks were uploaded to social media.

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An example of our tempting nibblies – photo courtesy Gillian Saxon of My Square Frying Pan (blog)

Of the 297 guest rooms, mine was a QT King Ocean View on the 19th floor. The view from my room was not mere ocean glimpses – it was a spectacular 180-degree outlook of the Pacific Ocean.

Quirkiness in the room came in full play – including the silk boxing style gowns and the hand made lemonade making equipment.

Once I closed the door of my room, there was silence. I could NOT hear any hallway, neighbour, or street noise. The quiet of a room is a big factor in upping a rating on my Hotel stay.

But maybe more important than the noise factor is the bed, the bed ……..

My true test of a Hotel room’s star quality lies in the bed. This generously sized king mattress was one of the most comfortable I have ever laid my weary body on.

The QT Hotel was not quirky-overstated – it was quirky-fun!

I wished I booked two nights at the QT. A conference schedule barely permits much time in your room or the chance to indulge in the Hotel’s facilities. I will be back for another quirky QT experience – maybe this time in a mountain river view room.


Rydges Hotels Ltd, trading as QT Gold Coast

7 Staghorn Avenue

Surfer’s Paradise, QLD 4217, Australia

Tel: +61 7 5584 1200

Fax: +61 7 5584 1280