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There is no shortage of apartment accommodation at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. However, the AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences sets itself apart by being the latest and sleekest addition to the local hotel scene. The upmarket all suite hotel is located a short stroll from the beach, with two appealing restaurants and large balconies that are perfect for breakfast or evening drinks.

AVANI Broadbeach
AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences

With its shiny and new reception area, modern rooms and friendly staff, AVANI Broadbeach offers travellers an upscale hotel experience with all the comforts of home. Our family of two adults and a teen checked in for a two-night break and were just a little excited. The sun was shining, the beach was beckoning and our ‘home’ for the next two nights certainly looked impressive.

Broadbeach is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular destinations and also one of our favourites. We’ve been coming here for years and it just keeps getting better. You can go swimming at the beach, check out an increasing number of cute shops and let the kids play on Broadbeach’s massive playground. Whether you’re holidaying as a couple, with family or a group of friends, this appealing spot delivers.

Broadbeach shopping
Browse boutiques at Broadbeach

When you’re staying at an apartment hotel, especially one with a view this good, it’s tempting to dine in but the surrounding restaurants will probably lure you out of your apartment at least once. You can enjoy a bowl of pasta just like Mama used to make at Mario’s or hang with the cool kids at Social Eating House. Downstairs at the AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences, you’ll find the swish Miss Moneypenny’s and laid back Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar & Diner.

The Oasis Shopping Shopping Centre is located a few hundred metres away and has a Woolworths, clothing stores, and everything else you could possibly need for a long or short stay. If you don’t mind venturing further afield, nearby Pacific Fair has a cinema complex and more than 400 shops, ranging from department stores to high-end boutiques like Prada and Gucci. You could easily spend a morning or afternoon here.

AVANI Broadbeach Balcony View
AVANI Broadbeach balcony view

Checking into the AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences, we were met with a sea of beaming beauty-queens-masquerading-as-reception-staff wearing black bow ties.  Definitely not the understated staff uniform my wife remembered from when she checked into an AVANI in Bangkok but it is the glamorous Gold Coast after all. 

The staff asked if we required parking but being Broadbeach regulars we knew that finding a free street park mid-week isn’t usually a problem.  However, if you’re staying on the weekend, want to keep your car undercover or can’t find a park, the $15 per day is very reasonable. If you do decide to park on the street, read the signs very carefully as we’ve seen plenty of cars with parking tickets.

AVANI Broadbeach Balcony View
AVANI Broadbeach balcony view

The smiling receptionist checked us in, gave us a rundown on the hotel and a voucher for a couple of free welcome drinks at Fat Freddy’s. We ended up enjoying the casual, friendly vibe at Fat Freddy’s so much that we stayed for a second drink. The food looked pretty good too. Next time!

We stayed in a two-bedroom ocean view suite which lived up to its name with a luxurious feel and superb views of the ocean. The hotel has a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments with either ocean or hinterland views. In my experience it’s always best to go with an ocean view at Broadbeach as this saves you from the street noise and sometimes disappointing views of suburbia.

The Avani Two Bedroom Ocean view Suite
The Avani Two Bedroom Ocean View Suite

The spacious open-plan layout was modern, stylish and functional and came with a fully equipped kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, full laundry facilities and the lounge had a Smart TV. The two bedrooms could be completely closed off and each one had a queen size bed and its own identical bathroom so there were no arguments over who got the room with the ‘good’ bathroom.

WiFi was complimentary and lightning fast which was reason enough to return to the hotel, according to our teenage son. Some nice unexpected extras were the six coffee pods and yummy biscuits that were in our room on arrival. If you want more coffee pods, these can be purchased at reception or the nearby Woolworths if you need more than a couple.

Complementary Coffee and Biscuits
Complimentary coffee and biscuits

It’s worth noting that the AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences do not automatically include daily room servicing in every room rate. It is part of the hotel’s pricing that guests have the option to pay a little more to receive daily housekeeping. If you are only staying for a short time like we were or want to save money, you can skip the servicing fee and make your holiday budget go further.

When it comes to chilling out or meeting up with friends or family staying at the hotel, AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences offer a great mix of onsite facilities, from a landscaped terrace, to a gymnasium, and an outdoor 25m swimming pool and sundeck. However, as tempting as the pool looked, we were keen to hit the beach and check out the waves we could see from our balcony.

Avani Queen Size Beds
Each bedroom at the AVANI has a comfy queen size bed

After putting on our swimmers, we got down to reception and faced a small dilemma. Do we walk around the front of the hotel and to the beach via an outside pathway or go through the not-yet-open restaurant? Choice made, we headed through the restaurant on the way there, and around the side on the way back because we were still a bit damp.

After a swim at the beach we checked out the hotel pool on Level 3 where children with no inbuilt thermostat were having a great time. No adults were in the pool which made us suspect it might be cold and we were right. We put our toes in the water but it was way too chilly to get in as the pool was shaded by a building. The next morning the pool was in full sun and perfect for Queenslanders who like their pool water hot, hot, hot.

AVANI Broadbeach 2 Bedroom Premier Ocean Suite Bathroom
AVANI Broadbeach Two Bedroom Premier Ocean Suite Bathroom

AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences offer a high quality stay in a stunning location, with one of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful beaches and great dining just a short stroll away. But only if you can be bothered dragging yourself away from that beautiful view from your apartment.

Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of the AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences and is still disappointed he didn’t try one of the huge burgers at Fat Freddy’s.

Looking for some Gold Coast accommodation? Read our reviews of the Hilton Surfers Paradise, Oaks Calypso Plaza, The Darling, Surfers Paradise Marriott, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, The Star Grand, voco Gold Coast, Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise, AVANI Broadbeach Gold Coast Residences, Rydges Gold Coast Airport, Oaks Gold Coast Hotel, JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, and the retro La Costa Motel. If you’re visiting the Gold Coast, don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to the Gold Coast.

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Trevor Templeman is a photographer and writer who travels the world capturing the essence of locations through their landscape, architecture and people. His words and photographs are published in magazines, newspapers and online around the world.