We booked the 2-bedroom apartment at the Mantra Sierra Grand based on the positive reviews here from previous occupants. And I am glad to say it was a fabulous choice.
Our family of 5 have been to the Gold Coast before but have always stayed at Surfers Paradise. We thought we should try Broadbeach this time as Surfers Paradise, in our view, was getting more congested.
We asked for an apartment above the 12th floor with ocean view and got a 20th floor apartment with partial ocean view. We were delighted. The apartment was clean with modern furnishing and a fully-equipped kitchen (2-door refreigerator/ microwave oven/ convection oven/ electric kettle) and laundry room (front loader washer plus dryer). All the electrical appliances look spanking new.
Teabags and coffee sachets were given. Complimentary small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body lotion as well as shower caps/toilet rolls/tissue boxes were provided for both the bathrooms. For the kitchen and laundry room, two sachets each of dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent and washing powder were given the first time round, Additional supplies would need to be purchased for a small fee. Towels and bedlinen were well-laundered and of 5-star grade. You might have guessed that I am the lady of the house and all these details matter to me!
The hubby and the 3 boys were thrilled with the 40" plasma TV and the DVD player. There was broadband internet access from the apartment (a great relief to us) but this need to be purchased from relevant service providers - which is OK - so long as we could have access to the internet when we needed it..
The beds were comfortable with firm mattresses. We had a double bed in one bedroom and twin beds in the second room, which was sufficient for our family. The management had provided a third foldable add-on bed, but we did not utilise it at all. The sofa was OK, though the cushion was not as firm as we would have liked.
It was summer when we were there and our apartment faced north-west. The sun was up before 5 am and it was like what other reviewers have commented - the blinds did not provide adequate black-out. Luckily, I am an early riser by nature and the rest of my family are heavy sleepers. So this was not a major point for us.
The reception staff was courteous and professional. The reception counter opened from 7:30am to 9:30pm. Security aspects were well-taken care of. Lift access to the apartment level and access to the basement carpark were controlled by an electronic tag. Two tags were given to us.
The facilities in the block are like what is stated elsewhere. A point to note is that there is no children's wading pool and so children who are non-swimmers may not be able to make full use of the pools. We spent almost every evening in the indoor heated pool/jacuzzi, which tend to get crowded, as it was peak season when we were there over the Christmas break. There are 3 lifts that service the entire block and in the morning peak hours, one might be prepared to wait a little longer for the lifts.
The location was good. We were not bothered by any traffic noise at all. We could walk to both the beach and Pacific Fair, the shopping center. There was easy access to Surfers Paradise via the Gold Coast Highway and to the Pacific Motorway via Hooker Boulevard (just in from of Pacific Fair) which will lead to most of the theme parks and attractions.
We enjoyed our stay tremendously and had no regrets booking the Mantra Sierra Grand. It was above our expectations and good value for money, iin our opinion. I would like to add a word of thanks to the previous travellers who have bothered to write the reviews and recommended the place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 250m from the beach, Mantra Sierra Grand offers modern and stylish One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments all within walking distance of sidewalk cafes, superb restaurants, boutiques and specialty shops as well as Jupiter's Casino, Gold Coast Convention Centre and Pacific Fair. The resort offers one, two and three bedroom self-contained apartments all featuring contemporary furnishings, air conditioning, wireless internet access, full kitchen and laundry facilities. All boast wide balconies. Start the day with a sauna or spa. Swim some laps. Enjoy an al fresco breakfast. Relax in the in-house theatre. Arrange a few sets of tennis. Plan a poolside barbecue with your neighbours. Visit the patrolled surf beach waiting just a few minutes walk from your door or stroll to the sidewalk cafes and boutique shops of nearby Broadbeach. Later, dine out at one of the fine local restaurants, and try your luck at the Casino. The property offers a variety of facilities and services available to all guests including heated pools and spas, sauna, steam room, tennis court, fully equipped gym and in-house theatre. With a variety of accommodation options, numerous dining options, sun drenched beaches, boutique shopping and vibrant nightlife the resort is the perfect place for your next getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mantra Sierra Grand Broadbeach, Gold Coast