First published on 13 May 2013. Updated on 14 May 2013.
One day, it’s the boring old Gold Coast International Hotel. The next, it’s a hotel that would be more at home on Miami’s South Beach than in Surfers Paradise.
The QT concept is to create unique hotel experiences that marry a passion for mid-century modern design with ultra-chic amenities and a lashing of humour. A throwback to the heyday of Gold Cost motels in the 1950s and 60s, the QT has 297 rooms that are each individually designed with bold colours, artist-made features and custom lighting. That’s alongside all the technology you’d expect from a modern hotel – including WiFi, iPod docks and 42-inch flatscreen TVs – and balconies with either mountain or Pacific Ocean views.
The hotel’s bar, Stingray, is a good place to chill after some beach time or the place to kick-start a fun night. Expect a Southern Californian-inspired bar menu with servings of complimentary chips and salsa, or sliders, nachos, tacos and pizzas if you’re seeking something more substantial. Margaritas are the call on the cocktail front, or if you prefer your gold liquid and on the rocks, there are 50 tequilas to choose from.
Much like its moniker suggests, dining in the multi-kitchened Bazaar restaurant is akin to wandering through a marketplace. The breakfast buffet has a rotating seasonal menu including personalised smoothies and juice blends of the day. By night, the restaurant runs as an interactive kitchen where guests can chin-wag with the chefs while they crunch out all manner of grilled proteins, seafood and pan-Asian cuisines. In addition, restaurant Yamagen offers some of the Gold Coast’s best Japanese food, and Fixx café is the place for an organic brunch, barista coffee and a macaron.
The hotel offers QT Concierge, a downloadable app for Apple, Windows or Android that provides a comprehensive guide to Gold Coast dining, shopping, partying and playing. There’s also a design store, QTique, and SpaQ for a bit of well deserved pampering.
QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise 4217. 07 5584 1200.