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Balcony view from Oaks Gold Coast Hotel

If you can’t decide whether to stay at Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach, the Oaks Gold Coast Hotel is perfect as it is an easy 25 minute walk from both of these popular Gold Coast hot spots. Reinvented with a fresh new look and refurbished accommodation, this renovated hotel offers spacious rooms and will impress budget-conscious travellers whose love of holidays is larger than their wallet.  

Oaks Hotel Gold Coast 1 bedroom apartment
Checking out the view from our 2 bedroom apartment

We stayed at the Oaks Gold Coast Hotel for two nights as part of an action packed school holiday getaway with our teenage son. We didn’t get the chance to head to the pool or the nearby beach during our winter stay. However, we made good use of this Oaks Surfers Paradise hotel’s spacious reception area which is light and airy with plenty of places to sit. It was great having somewhere comfortable to wait for our tour pick-ups each day. There is also a resort style swimming pool although we didn’t get to try this out during our winter visit.

Oaks Gold Coast Hotel lobby
Oaks Gold Coast Hotel lobby
Oaks Gold Coast hotel pool
Oaks Gold Coast hotel pool

Accommodation at the Oaks Gold Coast Hotel ranges from hotel rooms to studios plus one and two bedroom apartments. Even the hotel rooms are enormous by today’s standards. The old saying “they don’t build ‘em like they used to” rings true when it comes to accommodation. I’m a big fan of refurbished hotels as standard room sizes were much larger in the past than they are now. You can get a much bigger bang for your holiday buck if you stay at a tastefully renovated hotel like the Oaks Gold Coast at Surfers Paradise.

Oaks Gold Coast Hotel hotel room
Oaks Gold Coast Hotel hotel room

If you’re planning on a longer stay, there is a kitchenette in the studio rooms, but the one bedroom apartments come with a full size and well equipped kitchen plus a washer/dryer. Our two bedroom ocean view apartment had two balconies with ocean views and one with a view of the Gold Coast Broadwater and Surfers Paradise. There was also a superb outlook over the sparkling lights of Surfers Paradise from the lounge room.

Champagne sunset at Oaks Gold Coast Hotel
Champagne sunset from the lounge room
Oaks Gold Coast Hotel
View from our bedroom
Balcony view from Oaks Gold Coast Hotel
Balcony view from the Oaks Gold Coast Hotel

The two bedroom apartments at the Oaks Gold Coast are ideal for those travelling with another couple (or, in our case, a teenager who likes to sleep in) as you can completely close off the adjoining hotel room and enjoy complete privacy. If you don’t have your heart set on an ocean view, you can pick up accommodation at this hotel for an absolute steal at around $170 per night for a spacious two bedroom dual key apartment.

One bedroom apartment
One bedroom apartments have a full kitchen
Oaks Hotel Gold Coast bathroom
Oaks Hotel Gold Coast bathroom

While the Oaks Gold Coast is within easy reach of both Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, there is no need to walk or drive. The G:link tram – or The G, as the locals call it – stops right near the hotel. There is no need to worry about traffic, finding a car park or driving back to your accommodation if you’ve had a few drinks – just jump on the tram and away you go.

The G runs all the way from Helensvale down to the Broadbeach South stop near Pacific Fair. Visitors from south east Queensland can use their go card on the tram or paper tickets can be purchased from machines on the platform. You can download the My G official G:link app but we found the trams came so regularly that we didn’t need it.

There is no in-house restaurant or room service available at the Oaks Gold Coast Hotel but if you don’t mind venturing out, there are more dining options than you can poke a fork at in either Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach. We went grocery shopping before we arrived which worked well. If you don’t get the chance to shop beforehand, supermarkets are available at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. There is also a service station with a small Coles Express across the road from the hotel for essentials.

Oaks Gold Coast Hotel over delivers on value, particularly for travellers who enjoy having extra space to move around and don’t have their heart set on an ocean view. Its handy location between Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach gives you double the dining and activity options plus it’s less than a minute’s walk to the beach.

Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of Oaks Gold Coast Hotel.

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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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.