QT Gold Coast brings a brings a dash of cool retro design to the glitter strip.
Amidst the somewhat faded glory of many higher-end hotels on the Gold Coast, the QT designer hotel is a breath of fresh air.
Open since 2011, the makeover of the former Gold Coast International in Staghorn Avenue is fresh, funky and inviting – as it describes itself , “nostalgic surfer chic meets Miami catwalk cool” – a customised representation of the quirky art/design ethos also found at the other QT properties in Sydney, Port Douglas and Falls Creek.
From the white cockatoo lamp on the bedside table to the make-your-own-lemonade ingredients, beach shack-inspired furniture and 70s-era colour scheme, QT is not only a stay with a difference in this part of the world, it’s a hotel with a sense of humour and a bold personality, channelled most noticeably through the casually friendly bunch of pretty young things staffing the place.
The views of either the Pacific or the Gold Coast Hinterland are superb from the private balconies of rooms that are minimalist in conception but with thoughtful, contemporary touches everywhere.
The QT’s rooms are supported by a strong offering of other hotel facilities which again, set it slightly apart from other Gold Coast establishments. The feature dining space is Bazaar – a space set up like a series of “street stalls” through which diners wander, choosing their preferences from an international marketplace of cuisines, from wood-fired pizza to charcuterie and pot roasts, Asian wok stations and seafood. A bustling vibe in the spacious dining area makes makes Bazaar popular with larger groups and families, in which case you may seek the quieter surrounding of…
Yamagen, QT’s artful 40-seat Japanese restaurant specialising in sushi and teppanyaki. Japanese remains one of the most popular dining options on the Goldie but this is currently one of the best exponents of the cuisine.
For drinks or Mexican-influenced bar food, Stingray on the hotel’s ground floor quickly became one of the Coast’s most popular new nightspots when QT opened. Casual yet dressy (for the Coast, at least), it does get crowded so if you prefer quieter spaces in which to drink, go earlier rather than later.
For breakfast and coffee, the riotously colourful Fixx near reception is an open and inviting café/lounge which doubles as a brilliant people-watching spot.
Who knows, you may see recent guest Justin Bieber on his next visit down under. He certainly provided the hotel some free publicity during his most recent stay after he took up an invitation to graffiti an external wall of the hotel, drawing the ire of the Gold Coast Council.
Any self-respecting establishment in this still popular holiday destination boasts a spa and while the QT is no different, the spaQ is, continuing the hotel’s stylishly retro colour scheme and fittings. Massage and facial therapy, exfoliation and masks, sunless tanning, waxing and grooming are all offered in a spa already acknowledged as one of the best on the Goldie… no small boast in a competitive field.
If large, conventional ‘name’ hotels are not really your scene, the QT Gold Coast is the upstart younger sibling you’ve been looking for – cool without being pretentious, luxurious without being intimidating.