First, the good news. Very nicely situated, colse to the beach. Not quite beachfront, but only a single strip of lowrise between the units and the Pacific. Nice wide beach, convenience store, Subway and a good cafe only a block away along the parade. The boutiques and fancy restaurants of Tedder Avenue are a short walk away, and for groceries etc. the big shopping centres of Australia Fair and Pacific Fair are a few minutes drive.
I love this area of Main Beach. Doesn't have the hustle of Surfers, but it's close to the things I'm familiar with, and it's an ocean outlook rather than the more sheltered but busier Broadwater.
The unit I think I would describe as "okay" rather than luxury. I'd want more marble, elegance and room to be luxurious. That's not to say that the furniture, equipment and decorations aren't good. They are. Everything works, is clean and tidy, comfortable, good quality.
It's more that this unit is pretty much the same as every other unit I've ever stayed in. Give me a few months and there'll be nothing to stick in the memory to make me want to choose this place over any of a dozen similar establishments. The decor is a mix of themes and styles, vaguely Asian, vaguely French, vaguely seaside kitsch. Nice enough, but not quite coherent.
Well equipped, even down to a sandwich toaster. There's an ipod/ipad dock speaker beside the flatscreen TV. Comfy leather lounge suite, six-seater dining inside, and another six on the spacious balcony. Kitchen is well supplied, but storage for food is limited. What would normally be the pantry is full of crockery. The living areas could do with more room, but it isn't cramped.
The basement carpark is very well done. Some of these places are full of pillars and tight spaces and tight lanes. This place has generous parking bays and wide aisles. You aren't going to wear the tread off your tyres doing 30-point turns to get in and out. A supply of trolleys near the lift helps with groceries and luggage. Good planning there.
Security is through electronic tags to enter, use the lift etc. Effective but not obtrusive. Security cameras monitor sensitive areas.
Everywhere is evidence of good thinking built on experience. For example, guests are provided with a shower at the property entrance to rinse off the sand and salt. And then directed through the basement lifts, rather than get water all over the tiles which can be slippery.
The bathrooms are well set-out, mostly. The doors in the ensuite make it a bit of a maze to get in and out of the shower. I really like the provision of his and her spaces in the wardrobes and vanity. Plenty of room to unpack and spread out.
The unit promised "two double beds", but we have a king and a queen and two singles. Good mattresses and linen. Some light and noise from the street, but easily blocked with heavy curtains.
I don't think anybody is going to be disappointed in the area of comfort or facilities.
The negative aspect to my stay came on the first day. I booked through an internet service for a two bedroom unit. "Unit has 40 kms great sea and mountain views," the description promises. I found that I was given a three-bedroom unit on a low floor with very limited glimpses of the ocean between the lowrise units. No mountains. We're talking forty metres of view, not forty kilometres. Apart from a few waves between the units over the street, all we can see are other units. For me, the glorious views are a big factor in the Gold Coast experience.
On quizzing the unit, I was told I'd been "upgraded" to a three bedroom unit. I don't need or want three bedrooms. And "there was nothing else available." Well, maybe, but if so why isn't the basement garage crammed full of other cars? It's sparsely populated, and my educated guess is that this means that the building is likewise mostly empty.
A sour note deepened when I spotted a placard outside the neighbouring Sunbird, where I have staid previously and liked very much. "2 bed unit, $400 per week." That's about a quarter the price I'm paying for this unit.
I'm happy enough, I guess, but this stay is more "Meh" than "Yeah!"
Go high to get a view.
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Many thanks for your thorough and informative feedback, we really appreciate your comments.
We are pleased that you found the unit in a workable order, clean and tidy plus, comfortable. It was our pleasure to upgrade you to a 3 bedroom unit and I know my Receptionist tried to ensure your special request in relation to the shower step height was met. She advised me that she called you before you arrived, to check the unit was going to be suitable for you.
We pride our units on being very well furnished (as you noted), which ensures our family guests can enjoy the facilities and save on their eating out costs while they are staying here.
We also recommend guests to call us directly, to make their booking and advise us of any special requests. We always try and meet guests requests.
We have to agree that we are located in a very quiet, pretty area of the Gold Coast and it makes it ideal for families getting away to get some peace and quiet!
Many thanks again for your comments.
Norfolk Luxury Beachfront Apartments
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