Chasing the sun! Escape the winter blues with a stay at these top Gold Coast hotels

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It’s that time of year again when things are starting to get mighty chilly. While those of us in Australia’s southern states gear up to endure a crisp winter, our gazes inevitably and collectively turn towards the sun-drenched state of Queensland.

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When the sunshine calls, the Gold Coast is always there, patiently awaiting our visits with open arms.

As a holiday favourite in the Sunshine State, the city is a popular destination for many travellers: from couples scheduling a sneaky romantic getaway to those hoping for fun-filled girls’ trip away and everything that falls in between.

With accommodation options galore, it can be tricky to know where to start when picking the best place to stay. So, we at WHO have curated some of our favourite spots to help make that all-important itinerary planning a little easier.

The best hotels and accommodation to book on The Gold Coast in 2023

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Best new hotel on The Gold Coast

Dorsett Gold Coast

Opening its doors on Boxing Day, 2021, The Dorsett is a relatively new player in the Gold Coast hotel game but it has already made splash with its stunning rooms, many of which overlook the glistening pool below, and amenities.

The 313-room hotel is part of The Star’s entertainment precinct, meaning you’re in prime position in Broadbeach. During your stay, be sure to check out Isoletto Pool Club, which is exclusive to hotel guests.


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Best unique hotel on The Gold Coast

Herradura Hacienda suite, The Pink Hotel

If a margarita has your name written all over it, do we have the spot for you! The Pink Hotel, located in Coolangatta right next to the beach and five minutes’ from the airport, features the room of your dreams.

Draped in disco décor, the Herradura Hacienda suite contains everything from disco balls to a record player, LED lighting and fun flamingo-patterned robes for a truly unique experience. The best part? There’s your own bar area, just begging you to whip up a few Herradura tequila-based cocktails and enjoy the party.

“The Herradura Hacienda truly brings the magic of our super premium tequila to life. For a brand that lives and breathes ‘extraordinary’, this hotel room will transform expectations for margarita lovers and travellers alike,” says Richard Dredge, Senior Brand Manager at Herradura Tequila.


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Best hotel for a girls’ trip on the Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast

Want to pamper yourself in the best way possible while visiting the Gold Coast? The answer is undoubtedly yes, you do – and we’ve got the perfect spot to do just that.  

Book a stay at QT Gold Coast which is so luxe and rejuvenating that you may never leave the resort itself.

Get the girls together to indulge in a facial or massage at SpaQ after tucking into an array of treats at Bazaar’s breakfast buffet. If you can squeeze in room for more, head to High Tea at FIXX Cafe then recover from the food coma by lying by the onsite pool – cocktail in hand, of course.


Voco Gold Coast
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Best affordable hotel on The Gold Coast

Voco Gold Coast

Considering Voco’s great location and modern furnishings in its rooms, this hotel is surprisingly affordable for what you get.

Situated in Surfer’s Paradise, Voco has all the key amenties your heart desires including two pools and a day spa (hello, L’Aqua Day Spa!) as well as being an eco-friendly accommodation.


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Best luxury hotel on the Gold Coast

The Darling at The Star

Nothing quite says luxury like The Darling at The Star. This lavish hotel is pure opulence – and has the price tag to match. With extravagent furnishings, the hotel has access to bars and the casino and is just 750m from the beach.

If you really want to splash the cash, treat yourself to a penthouse suite. These palatial rooms have sprawling balconies, a bathtub with a view and some configurations even come with the option of a media room or an exercise room within the suite. Very posh, if we do say so ourselves.


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Best hotel on The Gold Coast for families

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa

When you have a family, you need space. The JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa offers this in spades with its sizeable rooms leaving plenty of space to to breathe with the little ones around.

The major drawcard of this resort is its saltwater lagoon with waterfall and tropical fish, which was awarded Australia’s best hotel pool in 2021. It’s not hard to see why as it features everything from a water sports kiosk to hire flippers and snorkels, a kids’ slide, cabanas, a swim-up grotto, tropical fish and more.


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