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Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
Ranked #6 of 32 Hotels in Surfers Paradise
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“Average hotel with ridiculously priced internet rates”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

Stayed here for two nights in April 2012 after spending two nights at the Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa at Main Beach. Thought this would be a good hotel since its closer to Surfer's Paradise but in reality, the hotel is closer to Broadbeach (still a good 15-20 min walk away) and Surfer's Paradise is about a 25-30 min walk away on the beach.

I was expecting the hotel to have more stuff and shops around but there is only a gas station opposite and some dingy restaurants along the road. The hotel itself is 3 blocks away from the beach. We did enjoy walking on the beach very much and went to Broadbeach and Surfer's Paradise on separate occasions. Would really like it if the hotel was situated much closer to the hustle and bustle.

The hotel is kinda old and the room is nothing to shout about. After spending two nights at the Sheraton, I guess we were kinda spoiled there, but to move to the Crowne Plaza where the beds were slightly sinking in the center wasn't exactly that comfortable since I am also heavily pregnant at 8 months. We paid a much cheaper room rate than the Sheraton, but after factoring the breakfasts (daily rate of A$30/head) and ridiculously priced internet (almost A$30/24 hours), I think we were far better off staying at the Sheraton or moving closer to another hotel at Surfers Paradise. As this was a trip away from the children, it was important for us to have internet access so that we could skype with them daily. There's internet at the business center downstairs at the public terminals at A$2 for 15 minutes, or a wireless password at $10 for 2 hours or pay a ridiculous amount of almost A$30 for 24 hours in the room. We paid A$9.95 for 24 hours at the Sheraton and thought that was expensive till we moved to the Crowne Plaza.

We were planning on going to the revolving restaurant on the 26th floor after reading the reviews on tripadvisor. But at A$62 per head, we wanted to check out the restaurant and I'm glad we did. It was really dimly lit and there were only 2 sections of buffet available. There's some seafood and dessert and hot foods but it didn't look appetizing at all. I don't think I would eat there even if its complimentary. We ended up having room service both nights since there aren't any restaurants near to the hotel and I was just too tired to venture out to Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach.

We also took a trip out to Pacific Fair Mall, which has hundreds of stores in a nice mall, about a 30 min walk away or a 5 min cab ride away (about A$10).

If I ever come back to Gold Coast again, we will probably spend more and stay near to Surfer's Paradise to be closer to the action or stay at the Sheraton Mirage on Main Beach if I want to have a quiet location.

Room Tip: Request for a high floor to get a nice view
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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DavidMBrown, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, responded to this review, 1 May 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to post your review and for your constructive comments.
Please rest assured I will share your feedback with my team and I am indeed most sorry we did not meet your expectations on this occasion.
You are correct, the hotel is not located in the heart of Surfers Paradise but we are, technically speaking, within the Surfers Paradise boundary - albeit we are physically closer to Broadbeach and the Pacific Fair shopping mall.

Thank you once again and all the very best for the pending arrival of the latest addition to your family.
Kind regards,
David Brown
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

I recently spent one night here and had a room on the 22nd floor with both city and ocean views. Not only were the views incredible but the room itself was very nice, clean and spacious. The room had a nice sized balcony that makes the room that more special.

I had dinner in the revolving restaurant which the views made worthwhile, the food was as good as any you would expect from a buffet. The hotel has a great carpark with plenty of parking spaces.

I would most definately recommend this hotel for all.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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DavidMBrown, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
Many thanks for posting your review on the 29th April and I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us.
Thank you for choosing Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise and I do hope we have the opportunity to be of service to you once again in the not too distant future.
David Brown
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

This hotel is away from the hustle & bustle of surfers though close to all attractions.

Room Tip: Cheaper rooms are on floors 3-9 so still get great ocean views on the 9th floor.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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DavidMBrown, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
Thank you for choosing to stay with us recently and for taking the time to post your review (and the great 'room tip'), which is much appreciated. I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and I hope you will have the opportunity to return again soon.
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Caloundra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Very good hotel, meals in room or in restaurant were excellent. Good value for money too, on arrival upgraded to Gold Tower, due to my Priority membership. Would recommend this Hotel everyday

Room Tip: ask for beach view or ask to be upgraded to Gold Tower
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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DavidMBrown, General Manager at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, responded to this review, 2 May 2012
Many thanks for your comprehensive review and recommendation from your recent stay with us.
I am very pleased to hear you had a great stay and thank you for choosing the Crowne Plaza when you visit Surfers Paradise.
Safe travels and I hope we see you again soon.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Our room at the Crowne Plaza was better than we hoped for. We booked the king spa suite on the 24th floor and were totally amazed at the size of the rooms. With a separate bedroom, living area, kitchenette, massive bathroom with spa and two wc's and views from the balcony to the ocean and river and fabulous city scape the room was one of the best that we have stayed in. Room service was prompt and the food was great. We dined in the revolving restaurant at the seafood buffet. I am not fond of buffets but the selection was pretty good. I feel a bit overpriced for serve yourself, but ok if you're a big eater. The hotel is a quick walk to great beaches and about 20 mins easy walk to the convention centre. Parking and access to our car was easy. We didn't use the pool but it looks very inviting. Overall a great place to stay and highly recommended.

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Additional Information about Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

Property: Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
Address: 2807 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia (Formerly Parkroyal)
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Surfers Paradise
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Surfers Paradise
#3 Business Hotel in Surfers Paradise
#4 Family Hotel in Surfers Paradise
#6 Luxury Hotel in Surfers Paradise
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,617 - ₹ 13,235
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise 4.5*
Number of rooms: 374
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is set amongst lush tropical gardens. The heart of Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Jupiters Casino, surf beaches and some of the best shopping in Queensland are all within walking distance of the hotel. The majority of rooms boast Pacific Ocean views and all rooms have their own balconies. The hotel features two restaurants and bars including Queensland’s only revolving restaurant, Four Winds 360°, 26 floors above the beautiful Gold Coast. The hotels conference facilities can accommodate from 10 to 550 people in a variety of styles. Hotel facilities include two swimming pools (1 heated) with hot spas and sundecks, tennis court and gymnasium. Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is your starting point for a host of recreational and entertainment activities that vary from theme-parks to championship golf courses to restaurants or non-stop nightlife. Whether you're looking for fun and adventure or simply want to relax and soak up the sun that the Gold Coast is so famous for, you'll find it when you experience Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise. ... more   less 
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