A wanted to find a cheap accommodation because I was traveling the world and didn't want to stay at a hostel. I found the Bay of Palms Resort and it is about a 10 minute ride from the airport. The hotel staff are very nice and they have a chalk board with some deals to the local attractions. They gave me a coupon to a wild life park from a cash register receipt, which gave half off, so that was nice. The resort really isn't a resort per se, it is mostly studios with a pool and bbq place.
The rooms are very run down, very old, and need some repair to get it back to a resort status. I was only at the resort when I had to sleep, so I didn't really jump in the pool or use the other facilities. The resort internet site stated it had wireless internet, which is true, but you have to pay for it. It was quite pricey for $8 for 1 hour. I recommend you go down to McDonald's at the shopping center and use their free Wifi. Another thing about this place is that it has no room servicing. They don't make up your room while you are away, so you have to clean the place yourself. They also require you to take out your trash when you check out and also wash the dishes, which is unheard of any place I've ever stayed at.
The city or the main areas such as Surfers Paradise is about an hour away by bus. I would highly recommend purchasing a Surfside bus pass at the airport counter. I got a bus pass for a couple of days and traveled to all the major sites. One problem is that it is an hour away by bus and most of major attractions are on that side of the city.
The closest bus stop is the shopping center "The Pines." It is about 5 minute walk to the bus stop and catch the 706 to Paradise Point. It will take you on the main road to the city. The buses are every 30 minutes for the city. In the evening it will be harder to get back to the hotel with the bus because they are less frequent from the city. The Pines is a small shopping mall with K-mart, Coles supermarket, and some fast food restaurants.
On a side note, I think some people who are on government assistance stay at this place because of the price. There was a door in my room which was locked, but it leads you to the room next door, which is another room. I could hear noise from that room and in that room lived a young family and they seem to live there and never left the room. They were at times noisy and they were drinking outside their room hanging out. I think they were of Polynesian decent, so they were big guys, they were friendly though. Another thing to consider when staying here.
Overall if you are on a tight budget and don't mind the condition of your room and you are a little bit far from the town, then this is a good choice. I wouldn't highly recommend this place. It gave it a thumbs up even though it was only Ok.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.