We have just returned to the rain in New Zealand after a wonderful 9 night stay at the Marrakesh. The weather on the Gold Coast certainly made the holiday a special one but the Marrakesh was also a big contributor. We stayed in an ocean view apartment on the 8th floor. As others have said, the apartments are a little dated, but ours had recently had new capet and curtains installed so it was holding up ok. Very clean.
The young ladies on reception were very friendly - it was the guy with the bald head who was offhand and not very engaging so I guess it is luck of the draw as to who you get and what you experience.
Around 70% of these apartments are owner occupied which is great as many were not being used while we were there even though the 'no vacancy' sign was up. No crowds at the pool or in the restaurant. Lovely!
We loved going to the local bar (owned by the Crown Plaza) for their cheap and cheerful bar meals - lunch and dinner, and to watch some of the rugby games from home. Just walk down the drive out the back entrance (not the Surf Parade one) and there it is across on the opposite corner. Literally a 1 minute walk away.
Also, try the local bowling club - a 5 to 7 minute walk towards Broadbeach. Again, really cheap meals and drinks. Just sign in at the desk and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. We went there on a Monday night and had the BarraMonday (fish) special. A basic meal but for $12 it was just fine. We actually spent 3 hours there on our last day after we had checked out. We watched the ladies play bowls. We had lunch and a few wines to celebrate the end of a great holiday.
We paid $106 AUD per night for the 1 bedroom ocean view, and that included 2x$10 breakfast vouchers for each day we were there. Booked direct with the Marrakesh via their website. We will return.
Definitely go for an ocean view apartment. You will get some sun and a lovely view. The other side...
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