Paradise Resort Gold Coast
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... that sectioned off the competition area and watch the competition up close. The surfers would rip hard, flying past on epoxy boards, cruising past spraying whitewash as they left there tracks, whilst spectators were allowed to paddle around and bathe in their bathing suits, a completely free event- what other sport would do that?! For the next few days our days consisted of surfing, watching the event, eating, surfing and a few hours of sleep when we had the time. After a ...
... ears and the other doesn't, as I'd always thought, but that one has a single layer of fur whilst the other has a double layer of fur! I was surprised by just how different they all felt. The first, and largest, a Californian sea lion, was really course to touch. The second was a lot smoother and the third was exceptionally soft due to the natural oils its skin secretes. I'm so pleased I decided to do both these experiences and certainly will never forget them!After changing into some ...
... were listening to music and drinking in the pool. We hung out here for a few hours then got a cab back for the crawl tonight.
I got the nickname Sheldon for doing maths (both Wills found it great fun telling people how smart I was) I didn't want to tell them they were wrong as it boded well for me.
Met loads of people, pushing 150 people who were quite nice but again ...
... and the kids could try the Buzzsaw and a floating tyre water ride with Ayla. Di and the girls rode the Claw and then Di, Ayla, Danielle and Gabby tackled a really horrible looking ride that was like a ferris wheel on steroids. Ayla didn’t even blink!
We finished the day with Dad and the kids riding the Cyclone roller coaster. Everyone drove back to our caravan and we all enjoyed a few beers and some take away Indian. All in all it was a really fun day.
... of course was saint Patrick's day so we did what the Irish do and went out drinking all day :-) we went to loads of different Irish bars along the boulevard. It was brilliant Craic. We met so many people and had a brilliant day.
Today, we have just checked out of our hostel and are moving onto Brisbane :-) we are excited for the next stage of our trip :-) only 1200 miles to go :-) and so much more left to do! ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsParadise Resort Gold Coast Surfers Paradise
Kids will love this place, but be prepared for noise and mayhem. Atmosphere is not relaxing, just completely geared for little people.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paradise Resort Gold Coast Surfers Paradise
We just got back from our first family holiday to the Gold Coast yesterday. We booked the Mercure Resort (now Paradise Resort) a couple of months ago
CANT WAIT FOR THE CHANGE
We just stayed at this resort and liked it immensely.
The rooms are basic, but I was only in there to sleep. The food is highly overpriced.
The Polynesian Dance Show was unreal! and free! Great entertainment for everyone.
Activities for the kids are great and keep them entertained. Great to see activities for adults as well, outdoor climbing wall and cocktail nights.
In October they are being taken over by a different company, Sun Leisure. The hotel will be called THE PARADISE RESORT. It will still be a family resort. ALL the rooms with be refurbished and the same with the pool and play areas.
I will definitely be back next year to experience the whole thing all over again.
GO THERE, ENJOY IT!
Im not a stuck up snob or hard to please but this hotel must be demolished .Its filthy ,unhygenic, crawling with screaming kids ,damp smelly ,Most people that go there and enjoy it must usually live in a squallor at home because this is the worst hotel I have ever seen and Im surprised that people book there .DO not stay here if you are clean and hygenic people !!you'll be extremely disappointed, believe me! YUK .I couldnt live in it for one night .Luckily I got reimbursed!!!
We stayed here for only 1 night - thank goodness - and got what we paid for - very little. The only thing going for the Mercure is its kids play area. I too would rate the hotel at 1 star. Tired and sad decor, paint peeling, dirty walls and carpet - suffering desperately from over-use and in dire need of refurbishment. Don't book this hotel for its included buffet breakfast or kids eat free programs either, they too are awful. By 8.00pm the buffet looked as though it hadn't been replenished all night and I watched so many childrens' hands and fingers go into the food that we opted to order from the menu instead. The resulting meal - 2 hamburgers with fries - took an hour to arrive. Breakfast the following morning was a similar experience. We could not get out of this hotel fast enough. True you get what you pay for, and if it were actually a 3.5 star then fine, but at $99 a night for the bed, the local backpackers would have been a better bet. Give this one a big miss.
Sit back and relax
what do you expect from two and a half or three-star-budget-hotel?
it's a little bit better than share a room and facilities in backpackers resort!
staff look so tired? it dues to an enormous number of customers during kids school holiday. and you know? kids are kids.. you just can't expect rooms to be such a nice like your home. i just can't expect a house with kids inside is CLEAN! Kids make it DIRTY!
just sit back, ralax, and enjoy gold coast sunshine.
that will do...
Just returned from 9 nights at this resort. My husband, myself and 6 1/2 year old daughter stayed there.
We just stayed 4 days at the resort. We were so impressed. The kids' club is fantastic. Our children had such a great time. The kids eat free deal is great value - especially when the kids are in the kids' club.
We were recommended this hotel for it's family friendly environment.
The facilities available for the children were good but that's where it ends. Although the hotel is rated 3.5 star I considered the room only 1 star. The rooms are very ordinary, simple and outdated furnishings, paint was peeling off the walls, hallways and lifts need major upgrading. We were pestered by a time share salesperson in the complex which did annoy us and was very intrusive on our holiday. We left one night early to stay in a nicer hotel. We personally expected the hotel to be better but if you are not fussed with the above you may enjoy it.
Beach and city centre is only a short stroll away.