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Emerald Sands
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This small apartment building was recommended by friends. The location is very good and easy walking distance to both Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach if you like walking. The view of the ocean between the other high rise buildings is nice and there is a sea breeze coming off the ocean sometimes when it is hot. The weather at this time of the year in Queensland is quite humid and hot.
We booked two separate one bedroom apartments which was recommended by Ann as my husband and I were travelling with our adult son. This worked very well and provided some space for all of us.
One unit had been renovated within the last couple of years and in better condition than the other, I suppose this is determined by who owns the apartments. The other unit was tired and needed repainting etc.
No doubt it is difficult to keep the units really clean, but they both needed to be cleaned more thoroughly.

The Northcliffe Surf Club is only about 200 meters down the road and the menu is comphrensive and the food is well priced and good value. If you intend going several times to the surf club it is worth becoming a visiting member as you get 10% on food and drinks.

Overall our stay was enjoyable.

Room Tip: Visit the Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club for well priced meal.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

The apartment block is just back off the beach (about a 1 minute stroll) between a couple of high rise blocks. Views between the other blocks are great, and the sound of the surf was lovely.

We stayed in July in a 'C' room and maybe it's a lot better in summer, but we had no sun in the room and only about 2 hours in the monring on the balcony, as the sun goes behind another block very quickly. I'd recommend a 'B' room in the middle (guessing it has the best combination of views and sun) or an 'A' room (as it would get most of the sun, but not sure about the views - probably limited).

Our room (3C) was tired and in need of a makeover, but perhaps some of the other rooms have been renovated more recently - might be worth checking when you make a booking. Great to have a washing machine and tumble drier but don't put on when you're having dinner or watching TV as they are LOUD!

Hosts were friendly, car parking good, close enough to the main centres to walk for dinner, and far enough away to have a much quieter beach.

Room Tip: Ask for an A or a B room, as high as possible. And check how recently the room was renovated, go fo...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

we stay here every year 5 years in a row ,ann & john are so helpfull nothing is a problem to them if you want a great holiday book into emerald sands

Room Tip: we always say in the [b] appartments as they are more quiter than [a] or [c]
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

This is our first visit to Australia and after reading all the reviews on different hotels, we decided to stay at Emerald Sands. We booked a 1 room apartment for 6 nights. Overall, we had an enjoyable stay at Emerald Sands with just a few minor setbacks. But there's no such thing as a perfect holiday.

Location: Itz a 20 min walk to Surfers' Paradise main area. 1 min walk to the lovely beach. A 5-10min walk to a provision shop at Wharf Rd (if i recall correctly).

Room: Generally clean but the room was a bit dusty, more particularly the pillows & the comforter. Room includes dryer, washing machine, iron & ironing board and a microwave oven A magnificent view of the beach.

Internet: Payment for internet usage.

Staff: Anne & John are owners of the apartment block. They are very welcoming & friendly. You can ask them practically anything & everything. There are no other staff.

Swimming pool: Pretty small. I prefer the ocean.

Room Tip: Book directly with them. Do not book with a 3rd party website eg; www.booking.com or hotels.com
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

Stayed in a 2 bedreem apartment, it was very spacious, plenty or room for my family. Views of beach were lovely. The only sound you can hear at night time is the thrashing of the ocean. Customer service by the managers was excellent, could not fault it at all, extremely helpful and friendly. Great parking, under cover and secure. The only negative I have is that maybe time to up date the lounge and need blockout curtains in the bedrooms, shower was very small, but overall it was a pleasure to stay and would return.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 29, 2011

We stayed at Emerald Sands for a couple of nights in a 2 bedroom apartment. The apartment had everything we needed, was clean & tidy and had nice ocean views. Management were very friendly & helpfull. The location is great - it's about 100 metres to a patrolled section on the beach and a couple of minutes walk to the Nothcliffe Surf Club which has great meals. Would definitely stay here again when going to Surfers.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

We stayed for 7 weeks in apartment 2A and were delighted with almost everything! The views from the lounge and bedroom windows are breathtaking. I would ask for an "A" apartment if you like the views to Q1 and the high rises. Ann and John are really helpful and friendly. We got married while we were staying here and they allowed us to use the complex as a venue for champagne after our beach service. The apartment was very well equipped and it really was a home away from home for us. Many a happy evening was spent on the balcony listening to the waves, glass of chilled wine in hand!!! Bliss!!! The only negative was the cleaning arrangements. The linen and towels were changed weekly and the bathroom was half heartedly cleaned but I would have liked the apartment to have received a bit more attention. There was a vaccuum cleaner for us to use but it didnt work. Ann and John did clean for us on one occasion but I think they need to address this for guests staying longer than a couple of weeks. All in all however, a magnificent stay and I would recommend Emerald Sands to everyone. The beach at Fern Street is beautiful and not as crowded as Surfers or Broadbeach so you can enjoy the peace or stroll to either of the busier beaches to find everything you are looking for. Broadbeach is fantastic for restaurants. You really are spoilt for choice. The buses go from the end of the road to Broadbeach/ Robina Town Centre or from the highway (2mins further up the road) to Pacific Fair or into Surfers/Southport. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Emerald Sands

Address: 2 Fern St, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Surfers Paradise
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 123 Specialty Lodging in Surfers Paradise
Price Range: $96 - $239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Emerald Sands 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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