Whatever your holiday taste or budget, there are three key factors that make for a great hotel: price, location and service. The Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise meets all of these with ease. I am visiting the Gold Coast for a weekend of dining and adventure with my wife and teenage son who is also keen for some serious ‘slothing’. This equates to chilling out and enjoying the view while staying connected to the Wi-Fi. Luckily the Wi-Fi is free, fast and unlimited which makes for happy teens and adults alike.
One great aspect of the Gold Coast is the abundance of accommodation choices which brings me back to the key factors of a great hotel and how to choose the best one for you. In choosing a great hotel on the Gold Coast, you need to think about what you want and who you’re travelling with. Whether it’s for a family beach holiday, a getaway with your mates or a romantic break, there are loads to choose from. This is where the Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise ticks all the boxes as it caters well to everyone.
So back to the key factors of the hotel starting with service. This is outstanding with genuine smiles and highly efficient staff that seem to give that little bit extra to guarantee a great stay. From check-in to dining at the in-house café and our final departure, we were treated to friendly and positive service from staff who seemed to really care about what they were doing.
Next up is the location which to our family seemed perfect. It’s just a short walk to Cavill Avenue but far enough away so you miss all the noise and occasional craziness of central Surfers Paradise. It is also only a 5 minute walk to main Surfers Paradise beach and the area’s dining. There are also convenience stores and a bottle shop across the road at the Q1 complex that are perfect for forgotten items and treats for kids young and old (chocolate for me and an ice cream for my wife and son).
Now to the third point – price – which is a very important factor for obvious reasons. While there is plenty of accommodation choice on the Gold Coast, not all the hotels offer good value and it’s not always a case of getting what you pay for. With the Wyndham Surfers Paradise, I must say you do get a lot of value and some very nice touches as well. Starting at less than $200 for a one-bedroom apartment and around $250 for an ocean view 2 bedroom apartment, this hotel is a steal, especially if your time your stay right and there are deals.
One-bedroom apartments comfortably sleep four guests with one king bed in the private bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the living area. The two-bedroom apartments, which is what we had, are perfect for families and comfortably sleep six guests with one king bed in the master bedroom, two twin beds in the guest bedroom and a sleeper sofa in the living/lounge area. Our apartment was really spacious and had incredible views. If you’re staying in a 2 bedroom apartment, ask for an 06 room as these have amazing wrap-around views for the same price.
Another top tip: if you’re travelling with friends, you can get an apartment with two king size beds so you don’t have a flip a coin to see who gets the best room. There is also a generous living/dining area plus laundry facilities and a full kitchen for self-catering and the all-important dishwasher. Other facilities at the Wyndham include a newly refurbished recreation deck on Level One featuring barbecue facilities, alfresco seating and large television with a bean bag seating area.
There is also a heated resort pool with classy deck chairs that make you feel like you’re at a resort in St Tropez. If you want to work out, the compact gym has everything you need. Dining is catered for at the Promenade Cafe and Bar located opposite reception which is open daily from 7am until 8pm. There’s a well-priced a la carte breakfast available from 7am to 10am. If you have breakfast included in your rate, you have $25 to spend which equates to a feast because the prices are very affordable. Even with a large coffee, a juice and a hot breakfast dish, we were flat out spending that much. The lattes we had each day were excellent, a rarity when it comes to hotel coffee.
Lunch and dinner is available from 10am to 8pm with everyday favourites such as fish and chips, parmigianas and tasty toasties on offer. We would have liked to see the kitchen open past 8pm on busy nights when there are enough diners to make it worthwhile, as the early closing time can make for a rushed dinner if you want to order dessert before the kitchen closes. The bar also caterers for all drinks, soft and hard, with bartenders available to mix your favourite daiquiris or cocktail of choice delivered to your table or out on the pool deck. Prices are reasonable but if you drop in for the daily happy hour from 4pm to 6pm, your drinking dollar will go even further.
More dining options are available downstairs at Alfresco Italian Restaurant, an iconic Italian restaurant that has been operating on the Gold Coast for over 25 years and is a local favourite with many diners being greeted by name. It also boasts an impressively large (and well-priced) menu to satisfy all diners large and small. We enjoyed the friendly service, housemade pastas and lively atmosphere here. If you don’t fancy Italian, you’ll find more dining just a short stroll away at Cavill Avenue.
We were pleasantly surprised to discover that parking is complimentary at the Wyndham as most Surfers Paradise hotels charge for this. As we stayed the two nights, we had loads of time to not only ‘sloth’ with our teen but also explore the local area. This included going on a Gold Coast jet boating trip and taking on the SkyPoint Climb at Q1 which is still the highest high rise on the Gold Coast. If you aren’t game to climb it, you can also enjoy the impressive view from the observation deck. The Gold Coast’s theme parks are only a short drive away or you can go indoor skydiving at iFly or check out the many other things to do on the Gold Coast.
Overall the Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise is an all-in-one resort-style hotel located in the best possible location in Surfers Paradise, close but not too close to all the action. While the apartments are lovely, the standout has to be the level of service and hospitality offered by the staff. My son also give two thumbs up for the tasty burgers and the fast Wi-Fi that provided ‘excellent slothing’.
Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise and would not hesitate to return to this hotel at his own expense.
Looking for some things to do on the Gold Coast? Some of our favourite Gold Coast activities include hot air ballooning, whale watching, jet boating, visiting Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or David Fleay Wildlife Park, indoor skydiving with iFly, bushwalking in the Gold Coast’s national parks, SkyPoint Climb, exploring the Gold Coast’s markets, checking out the local cafe scene, and enjoying the Gold Coast for free. There’s also plenty of fun to be had if you visit the Gold Coast in winter or have some wet weather.