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Palmer Coolum Resort
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Warran Road, Coolum Beach, Queensland 4573, Australia (Formerly Hyatt Regency Coolum)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Coolum Beach
Surfers Paradise, Australia
1 review
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“Would not go back”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place looks great from the front (driving in) and your room. That's where it ends. We stayed one night on Saturday the 11th of October, after a long day of driving and trying to find a place this was the only one available in the town and surrounds. We arrived late and checked in we then had to drive to the car park which is on the other side of the resort but it's okay because a guy picks you up in a golf buggy and drops you off outside your apartment.

We walked up the stairs and it looks very old school and run down :( we walked in and the room was amazing!! The best room I've been in and I've been in a lot of different rooms in my life. After a while we decided to go get dinner in the village square. We decided on the fine dining place ned Kelly's. The staff didn't know what type of the meat was the ribs and if it was 500gram or 1 kg rack of ribs but I quote she said "it can be shared between 2" it cost $40 and it came out and was 12 pieces of ribs!!!! It was terrible. I also got a drink ( midori and lemonade) it had barely any alcohol in it!!!!!! I paid $8 for soft drink - not happy!

We didn't like dinner at all but finished it and went to the apartment and watched a movie, then went to sleep. We had an entry into the dinosaur or car park. We decided on the dinosaur park because it was a different experience. Went there and out of the 180 interactive dinosaurs on the walk only about 30-40 were working! Half of which the sound was terrible and the the other half the movements didn't actually work!

I won't be back and won't recommend. The staff are clueless, the place run down and the attractions don't work and are expensive! Sorry but it's just not worth my money

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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a two night luxury room paid over $1,000. This hotel was advertised as a 5 star. This hotel was dated, stank of mould, and our room was dated and mouldy. The walk from the car park to our room was over 15 minutes. Overdue on a re vamp or should drop to a 3 star. Sent them two complaint letters and didn't get a reply to either.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a nice stay at this resort but it could have been so much better. The resort is beautiful but dramatically under staffed. Village Square is seriously lacking in decent food options and the breakfast offered was awful. The Spa was no tope once the whole weekend we were there, the shop was shut at 4pm. With the beautiful grounds and wildlife roaming this could and should be so much more. Rooms are old and tired and seriously need an overhaul but are a good size and wonderful locations. This is a 2 to 3 star resort at best and could have been a 5.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Caboolture, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we booked this for our wedding anniversary last minute, my husband sais it was a pro golf course and 5 stars, so booked. Only on the drive there did I have chance to read reviews I was quite upset, on checking in I requested a refurbished room and lucky for us they gave is the last one, there seemed a few people about but not like I had expected in the school holidays,there was a conference on, if theses people had not been here OMG . Ghost town we stayed 2 nights Friday and Sat , out of the 6 or so restaurants 1 was open and it wasn't very reasonably priced especially to sit on our own all evening, the conference people had a party on so that was the only life in the resort so we paid taxis to the surf club which was very good, we woke up thinking maybe sat night maybe different and were hoping so as it was our anniversary and we want to just relax around the resort. mid afternoon hubby decided he would treat me to a cocktail, the bar was empty the only people we saw were staff, after reading the cocktail list and trying to order I was told unfortunately they didn't have stock to make any of the cocktails :( so I choose Malibu and pineapple disgusting very old and again not cheap, we drove to Coolum that evening for a nice meal, but no joint champagne drinking . The room was nice other than that the restaurants were mainly closed, the buffet breakfast was cold and only 1 style of egg, the lap pool was green, the spas are separate male and female!!, the gift shop was closed, burger place closed,,so over 700 later I wanted to cry, the place gardens etc are run down they are short staffed with no stock, this is nothing like the 5 star resort that the website premotes, and checking out and already knowing they had held our money plus a deposit, the lady requested we pay the full amount again and the wait 5-8 days for it to be released back into our bank which means we would have spent 1400 plus until refunded I refused but it took a considerable amount of time to sort out, I liked the free bikes and the room, do not go here you have been warned :)

  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a tough group...16 people housed in four apartments, three generations ageing from 7 to 73 years and all there to celebrate a wonderful family milestone. The resort absolutely delivered beyond all imagination.

The staff consistently welcomed us with that friendly 'Queenslander' smile whether that be at the reception on arrival, golf club, spa or simply from the lads transporting us around on the local buggies. Every request was met with ease, satisfaction and a comforting conversation.

We certainly recommend the beautifully renovated and luxurious apartments by the lake (room 622 as an example). Each morning we were greeted by the local ducks, swans and kangaroos. The kids just loved it! Our days consisted of golf, runs to the nearby beach, hikes up Mt Coolum and plenty of relaxing around the outdoor grassed area.

The quality time is something that we'll value and remember as a family for many years to come.


Stayed September 2014
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South Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having stayed here regularly over a thirty year period when managed by the Hyatt, we were appalled at the deteriation of this once beautiful and pristine resort. It now seems like a "ghost town" with precious few staff and even fewer guests. The only real signs of life were from the resident dinosaurs whose constant roaring was so annoying even though we only played golf and had a light lunch in the Village Square. The once magnificent Coolum Golf Course which hosted the PGA for so many years was virtually deserted and had broken pipes on more than one fairway. No friendly starter, no drinks cart, in fact no players other than us on the days we played. Very disappointing but mainly just very sad. This was once one of Australia's most prestigious and enjoyable golfing resorts -that is now extinct. The whole complex now seems like a Giant Dinosaur!

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We stayed at Palmer's Coolum Resort last night. We were seeking a romantic night away and we found it. Our upgraded 'Executive' suite room was luxurious & beautiful. The bed was grand and very comfortable. The staff at the resort were absolutely wonderful, but we had the impression they were doing an extraordinary job with minimal resources and feared closure of the resort. The room itself was spotless, but the stairs to our room were muddied and needed a quick clean. So did the balcony and the room's windows. The Market Square venue was so quiet we pretended we were royalty and the Resort was closed for our security! All it would take is a good live music act and some promotion and on a Saturday night the place could have been anything from 'jumping' to 'laid back' and relaxing. Other formerly alive facilities within the complex also seemed to be closed and suffering from lack of attention. A bit sad.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Warran Road, Coolum Beach, Queensland 4573, Australia (Formerly Hyatt Regency Coolum)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Coolum Beach
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Coolum Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Palmer Coolum Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 324
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the base of Mount Coolum on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Palmer Coolum Resort is one of Australia's finest all encompassing resort destinations. Accommodation at Palmer Coolum Resort is set amongst natural bushland, lakes and gardens. Spacious Deluxe Studios are popular with couples, while 2 bedroom Woodland, Golf and Lakefront Villas are ideal for families. The exclusive Ambassador Club offers the ultimate in accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, with luxurious 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom Suites. The Ambassador Club Lounge also offers breakfast daily, pre-dinner drinks and canapes each evening, a private pool and tennis court. Superb leisure facilities at Palmer Coolum Resort include an 18-hole championship golf course, the largest day spa in the southern hemisphere, tennis centre with 7 floodlit courts, 9 sparkling swimming pools, direct access to the beach, Kids Club for children aged 6 weeks to 10 years and the activities centre with cookie decorating and craft projects! The championship course is complemented by an extensive range of practice facilities including the Golf Education Centre with PGA Teaching Professionals available for private lessons, a chipping green with an adjoining practice bunker, a practice putting green and floodlit driving range. The Village Square is the heart of the Resort. Enjoy Modern Australian at Ned Kelly's restaurant, authentic South East Asian cuisine from The Smiling Duck, or delicious pizzas from the Pizza Pasta. Palmer Coolum Resort is now home to one of the largest private car collections on display and the largest Dinosaur Park in the world. The Resort offers a wonderful 4 star family experience as well as catering for couples who want an indulgent week-end away. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hyatt Regency Coolum Hotel Coolum Beach
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