As part of a tour package to Gold Coast, I recently stayed at the Hotel Grand Chancellor for 3 nights.
Firstly, the location is excellent. Just next to the hotel is Cavill Mall, where you will find Hard Rock Café and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. At the basement of Cavil Mall, you will find a Woolsworth store (Woolworths is a chain of supermarkets and grocery outlets); so, even though Surfers Paradise is a touristy area, one is able to purchase groceries and toiletries for reasonable (non-tourist inflated) prices. There is even a Timezone amusement centre at Cavil Mall; my wife needed some time alone to shop, during which I took my 8-year-old to Timezone.
For beach-lovers, Surfers Paradise is about a 5 minutes walking distance from the hotel. There are lots of restaurants around the area serving a wide variety of food to suit your palate – while wandering around nearby the hotel, I noted Australian, Italian, Korean, Malaysian, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese (Hong Kong) restaurants. In terms of fast food, I saw a McDonald’s, a Hungry Jack’s (in other parts of the world, this would be known as Burger King), a Subway, and a MOS Burger restaurant nearby.
With regards to the standard of the rooms: I stayed in a room that had a two queen sized beds. The room was not posh; actually: it appeared a little worn, with brown stains apparent on the wall of the bathroom, and the springs of the mattress that I slept on did give one the impression that it was about time for the mattress to be replaced. Nonetheless, the room was generally clean. What I really liked about the room was that the sink was outside the toilet-bathroom area (we were a family of 3 staying in that room, so having a sink outside the toilet-bathroom helped save a lot of time for us in the morning, especially since we needed to be punctual for our tour). The hotel room was equipped with a mini-fridge (and not a mini-bar, giving us space to store some groceries we had purchased from Woodsworth), an electric kettle, a hairdryer, an electric iron, and an electronic safe – in short, basically every device you would hope for in a hotel room was covered. (I think there was free Internet access as well, but I didn’t check because I didn’t bring my laptop). Another thing I appreciated about the room was the thick, lightproof curtains – the sun rises at 4:30 am in the morning, and we were coming from a later timezone. So, the lightproof curtains really helped us catch a few more hours sleep. Coming back to the issue of the standard of the room, I did come across an advertisement in the hotel lift indicating that there were newly renovated rooms in the hotel (as of October this year); so, yeah, if I were particularly fussy about my room (which I was not), there was the option of an upgrade (by paying a bit more).
With regards to the buffet breakfast served at the restaurant, I appreciated the fact that it opened at 6:30 am in the morning (usually, in most hotels that I have been in across the world, breakfast opens at 7am). Both warm (fried bacon and sausages, scrambled eggs) and cold food (cereal, fruit etc) were available. Being Asian, I appreciated that miso soup, porridge (the Chinese/Japanese kind) and kimchee (Korean fermented vegetables) were also included on the menu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise is situated in the heart of Surfers Paradise surrounded by pristine beaches, iconic theme parks and an energetic nightlife. Conveniently located just a 150 metre walk to the beach, the hotel offers an extensive range of state of the art leisure facilities for guest’s enjoyment. Relax by the swimming pool and spa, or get active in the well-equipped fitness centre and full size tennis court. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise Gold Coast