Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa
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Stunning - The best hotel in Queensland!
We recently stayed at the Marriott for 3 nights in a Ocean View room on the 26th floor. I can honestly say that this hotel is the best.
We only chose this hotel because of the pool, and we spent our entire stay at the hotel in the pool area.
THe main pool is salt water and full or tropical fish, The hotel rent snorkelling equipment ($10AUD p/day) so you can snorkel in the pool to see the marine life. This pool also has 2 sandy beaches which is great for little ones. They also have a water slide (min 120cm to ride) and a large long, winding pool with a whirlpool and separate grotto area. There are also 2 spas.
Service - The staff go out of their way to assist you & are lovely. Nothing is too much trouble for them ie. the ice machine was broken on our floor, and the maid (seeing that I walked back to my room empty handed) rang room service and 5 minutes later a silver champagne bucket arrived overflowing with ice.
Restaurants - We only ate in the main restaurant, and the food was delicious. Children's meals are affordable ($9.00AUD)and large (we shared one between our two young boys). Also, the meals at the Pool Bar were good and very affordable.
Rooms - The most comfortable beds with crisp white linen and heaps of pillows!! 5 stars...
Location - About a 10mins walk to Cavill Ave. Close enough, but far enough away to avoid the noise & crowds.
Other facilities available were a day spa, kids creche, tennis court & gym. People also spoke highly of the Japanese restaurant on site.
We loved this hotel and can't wait to go back. Definately worth the room rate, especially if you are going to stay inhouse the majority of the time as we did. Highly recommended.
Very nice hotel
I stayed at this hotel for work reasons (a conference) for two nights in September. I had one of the lower rooms and while the views were not fantastic, it did have a balcony that looked out over the pool area and part of Surfers Paradise. The room had two double beds in it and was quite spacious for one or two people. Fitting a rollaway in would have been ok but squishy. I think the beds and bedding are new (there was a big display in the foyer) and they were comfortable.
The bathroom was fine and shower worked well. Toileteries are Marriott brand and ok.
Check in (which was late at night) was efficient and friendly.
The hotel is not close to the beach so bear that in mind if you prefer to swim at the beach. It is only about 2-3 blocks away though and away from the main drag at Surfers which does have its advantages. Surfers is pretty noisy at night now and colleages who were at the other Marriott Courtyard Hotel said that they could hear the noise through the night. No such noise at this one.
We had the breakfast buffet which was very good, I think about $A35 so comparable to other hotels like this.
We did not swim in the pool but it looked fantastic. It has its own little beach type thing and a waterfall and looked great for kids. Much easier to wacth there here than at at the beach too.
The only gripe I have is with the air conditioning. It did not work well enough at night and it was stuffy. I called the hotel and they sent an engineer promptly and it seemed to then work fine during the day but much less so at night.
I can recommend this hotel to others.
i stayed at the place a few years ago but still remember how nice it was. although not remembering the full story, i know that i loved it so much and to this day, remains my whole families faveourtie hotel.
service was great. the lagoon and waterfall was amazing and i loved looking at this fish and my younger sister was enthralled. the water slide as high on all of our lists and the rocks allowed us to play mermaids...(being 11 at the time.) the whole place had such a tranquil feel and i loved everything about it. if you do not stay at this hotel then i think ur missing out on a lifetime.
Great hotel, great facilities
My husband and I have just returned from a 5 day break staying at the Marriott Resort in early June, generally a cooler time to visit but temperatures were still 21-24C and very pleasant. We had an enjoyable stay and enjoyed the hotel & its facilities and would recommend it to others.
The lobby is stunning & the lobby bar, overlooking the pool, is highly recommended for late afternoon & evening drinks. The lagoon & pool area is very lush & green and quite lovely and my husband particularly enjoyed the snorkelling & the waterslide! We didn't bring our little girl with us on this trip but we thought the lagoon pool would be absolutely perfect for kids of all ages; very safe with a nice little sandy beach area. The breakfast buffet, included in our room rate, was a highlight and, while we didn't try it ourselves, The Marriott's seafood buffet was recommended to us by a number of people as being one of THE VERY BEST in the area.
The Hotel's proximity to Main Beach, a less crowded beach area with a smaller, upscale restaurant, cafe & shopping precinct is a bonus and is easily reached on foot or by cab. It is well away from the less appealing crowds of Surfers Paradise and is highly recommended. The peace & quiet of Budds Beach to the rear of the hotel offers another quiet respite, with a little neighbourhood cafe offering great coffee & food, while you take in pretty water views and warm afternoon sunshine.
Our room on the 22nd Floor with Hinterland (i.e. mountain) views was very nice and the views at night were fantastic. We really liked the outlook over little Budds Beach and the waterways below, and we even had partial ocean views because of the way the balconies are angled. But for those of you who like full ocean views & the all day north facing sun, paying a little extra is definitely worth it! Housekeeping was always prompt and the staff were really friendly.
There are a few negatives. Some areas of the hotel are showing their age. The standard rooms are compact, with only one chair provided for seating. Our bathroom was nice enough but a few tiles were chipped and there was discolouration in the grouting. The towels provided at the pool are small and inadequate and I think that a 5 Star hotel could do better. The hotel's information desk provided disappointing recommendations for places to eat; a reflection on the inexperience of some of the hotel's younger staff so I recommend you seek out a more seasoned staff member!
All things considered we enjoyed our stay and would recommend the hotel to others.
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights in early April 2005 & it was just wonderful. Our room (2805) had an amazing view of the ocean & pools. The balcony was a little scary for those who are afraid of heights but you get used to it after a while. You could sit out there & enjoy a cup of coffee or a nice drink.
The room itself was gorgeous - it had just been painted, you could smell it but the smell went after a day or two. Our 2 queen beds were very firm but still comfortable & the bathroom was huge! The bath itself (separate from the shower) was very deep & the vanity area had everything you could want. The shower had 2 showerheads - one was the type you could remove from the holder & hose yourself with, handy for shampooing my daughter's hair. The other was your normal attached-to-the-wall type. Water pressure was good as was the hot water.
The pool area has to be seen to be believed. With the heated pool (with 2 spas), waterslide & tropical lagoon it is just fantastic. We went snorkeling in the lagoon which was great & each morning at 9.30 they would feed the fish & tell you what types they were.
The breakfast buffet was out of this world but quite pricey. Luckily, ours was included in the price of our room but we had to pay extra for our daughter. It was $1.50 for each year of her age. We had dinner one night at the hotel but didn't have the buffet as it was $55. The dinner we had was very nice & my daughter had a very nice pizza from the child's menu.
I highly recommend this hotel (if you can afford it!!).
Marvelous Marriott Surfers Paradise!
Was here from March 6 -12, 2005 and had an amazing stay - this Marriott certainly did impress!
Room 1806 (recently renovated) was very large & spacious - the bathroom was huge!! 2x times larger than our bathroom at home! It had a separate deep soaker tub and shower.
The new rooms look great - although a bit stark - as EVERY wall (and ceiling) are painted flat white.
You can upgrade to include an amazing breakfast buffet in your room rate (at a great discount) but you have to ask - was not offered at check-in.
And on that note: If you are checking out in the early morning to catch a 6am flight to Sydney - make sure you cancel your breakfast the night before - or they will charge you for it - whether you eat it or not.
Pass on the frozen dacquiries at the pool bar! - an expensive $5.50 - and they looked (and tasted) like day-glow flourscent chemical big-gulps from 7-Eleven (as did the orange juice on the breakfast buffet).
They don't come much better than this!
Where to start. Spectacular lobbby with a sweeping grand staircase but still keeping the resort /beach feel about it. The best lobby bar I've ever been in. If you really want to spoil yourself, stop in here for high tea. Try the buffet both breakfast and dinner - sublime. The man made lagoon is truly spectacular complete with coral reef and tropical fish. You can go snorkeling and even scuba diving. Short walk to the awesome Gold Coast beaches. This hotel is true five star luxury of the most relaxing kind. Great for families and couples alike. I challenge anyone who stays here to say it wasn't simply brilliant.
We stayed at the Marriott Resort over Christmas. The hotel staff is friendly and was extremely responsive to our many requests for information on tours. They steered us in the right directions for our tours. The grand lobby is beautiful with a grand staircase as you walk in the entrance that seems to go on forever.
The lagoon, complete with beach, salt water, waterfall and fish is a big hit with adults and children alike. You have to try the water slide...it isn't just for kids! Beautiful tropical landscaping surrounds the swimming pools and lagoon.
Oh yes, and the room...clean, crisp and comfortable with expansive views from the balcony. If you're a family and adding cots, the room may become a bit cozy. We woke up on Christmas morning and looked out the window to see that a Grounds keeper had written "Merry Christmas" in the sand on the beach of the lagoon. Nice touch!
Room was great, service was great, pool area was sublime and the included buffet breakfast was superlative, This hotel is the duck's guts!
Ignore my unsophisticated vernacular; I've stayed at many a luxury hotel. This is one of those rare ones that was actually worth the money.Even bumped into Paul Hogan in the lift! (very friendly by the way)
I always wondered if there was a place that I would stay on holidays that would get the perfect tick in every department - I have found it.
This place is amazing, it would take too long to explain how great this place really is.
Little things like padded area on the bed head so you can sit up and watch one of the 15 or so channels on tv. Foxsports 1 and 2 - that's good!
The lagoon pool is just brilliant, my girlfriend couldn't get me away from the tropical fish. The views over Surfers Paradise are mindblowing. The room has everything including speakers in the bathroom so you can hear the tv when you are taking a shower. The SERVICE was perfect. I have stayed in a lot of hotels and this place just did it the way you want it.
I think I'll be back!!
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