I spent the second week of my vacation at the Beach House Seaside resort after spending the first week at Surfers. I love the hustle & bustle of Surfers BEFORE schoolies converge on the area but having this second week at the Beach House was perfect. I love going to Australia from Canada for vacation...the flight is long but so worth it to be on the Gold Coast.
The Beach House was perfectly situated for easy access from/to the Coolangatta Airport. And the Beach House has a complimentary airport shuttle...so take advantage of it. Of course, if you have a car, there is an underground parking garage. However, I can not tell you anything further on that as I don't drive down under (y'all drive on the wrong side of the car and the wrong side of road) WINK, WINK!
The check in/out process was pretty seamless. I arrived early that day because I had to check out of my Surfers timeshare and took the bus from Surfers. The bustop is right outside the resort...couldn't ask for a better location...no lugging of the luggage far. Because I couldn't check in just yet, I was able to leave my luggage and get familiar with the area. The Beach House is right across the street from the ocean and the beach was fantastic. There is a surf club too where one can eat but since I didn't eat there...I can only go on previous posts regarding the surf club.
Once I got into my room on a high floor (I can't remember the unit number but it was a corner unit looking south-I think; it DIDN'T look towards Surfers). The unit was a two bedroom with two full bathrooms (I believe they are all 2BD/2Bath) but my unit had two balconies which was nice. There is a balcony off the master bedroom that has a television in the room and it's own bathroom. The second bedroom had two single beds with the other bathroom across the hall that included the washer/dryer. The main bathroom had a bathtub so if you have little kids, this is a must for bathing them. I can't remember if the master ensuite had a bathtub or a shower only. The kitchen was really nice with a great fridge, a real oven and a dishwasher which is great for larger families. However, being a solo traveller, I washed all my dishes by hand. The second balcony faced south towards New South Wales. At around 6pm the birds went nuts but it only lasted about an hour then peace and quiet again. The main balcony overlooks the pool and hot tub. Even though I was kind of disappointed that I wasn't looking towards Surfers, this particular unit was actually pretty good because I had the best of ALL views. I had a balcony to sit on that overlooked the mountains/hills. The main balcony overlooked the southend which was a pretty good. The living room has a fair size flat panel television too with great movies.
The area is quite resourceful with an abundance of various restaurants. There are about 3 right at the base of the Beach House including an ice cream shop that sold wonderful ice cream and had pretty cheap sodas (for Australia anyways). I usually sat down there while I had my ice cream or soda and read one of the many magazines they have there to pass some time as well as people watch. There are the usual fast food places within a block or two (KFC and McD's). There is a shopping plaza right next door to get sundries and groceries as well as internet kiosks to connect with friends/family if you don't bring those devices with you on holiday. (I don't...won't pay the roaming charges and besides, I'm on vacation!) There is a 7-11 right across the street to get that much desired slurpee (frozen coke) or any last minute snack. There are some very cute shops along that main street too. A pretty decent second hand book store as well as a 'dollar store' to get any other sundries at a cheaper price that might arise. There are plenty of massage therapists in the neighbourhood so if the women want to be pampered, it is easily accessible. And the prices were reasonable too.
I took a short stroll the main street and had one foot in New South Wales and one foot in Queensland. Also beware that two time zones are usually recognized here in Coolangatta. The casino was pleasant but I wasn't very lucky. :( Gotta say, nothing beats Vegas casinos! I also took a stroll up towards Surfers and when I got around the bend, there was a kite festival going on further up the beach. It was a pleasant stroll and I had fun watching all the kites flying and the children laughing. That was a weekend day so I think that festival was a planned one.
All in all, I truly loved staying at the Beach House and I look forward to a return visit soon. I was trying to get another stay there this November but could not get the resort lined up for when I wanted to visit. Hopefully in 2013. I believe most people will enjoy the Beach House and remember that they are there to help us enjoy our vacation. The main desk area has plenty of brochures for everyone in the family to find something to do. And finally, as with any humid locale, it is always safe to try to put all food stuffs in the fridge as to not have any unwelcome visitors. I did NOT have any unwelcome visitors in my unit (of all species!) Remember to enjoy your vacation and don't sweat the small stuff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Beach House Seaside Resort (managed by Classic Holidays) is an iconic Coolangatta property perfectly located opposite one of the Gold Coast's iconic family beaches on Marine Parade. The Beach House offers the perfect mix of modern amenities with uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort is ideally located within minutes from the Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast hinterland, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, golf courses, river cruises, diving, and whale watching, and just 40 minutes from Gold Coast theme parks. Guests can also walk and cycle along the dedicated ocean path to the famous surf break at Snapper Rocks and relax by the heated outdoor pool and spa. The resort also offers daily activities for all ages to enjoy, and families will love the resort's Kids Club, mini putt putt and children's pool. The Beach House Seaside Resort has long been recognised as a family friendly beach resort. Check out our reviews for more information. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Beach House Seaside Hotel Coolangatta
- Beach Hotel Seaside