Best Gold Coast accommodation to book in 2021

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Boasting an endless supply of sun and surf, the Gold Coast is the ultimate holiday destination. Whether you're taking off on a family adventure, getting romantic with your other half or flying solo, there's a room on the Gold Coast that's perfect for you.

Here, you'll find some of our favourite accommodation options as well as the hottest deals to help you save big on that big break.

Today's best hotel deals available for the Gold Coast

WotifWotif

Up to 36% off Australia and New Zealand hotels

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Expedia.com.auExpedia.com.au

Up to 47% off last-minute domestic escapes

Booking.comBooking.com

Up to 15% off Australia hotels

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Luxury EscapesLuxury Escapes

Up to 52% off Australia holiday packages

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How did we pick these Gold Goast hotels?

Our editorial team selected the Gold Goast hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.

Where are the best places to stay in the Gold Coast?

Best cheap accommodation for the Gold Coast

It's not hard to find cheap accommodation on the Gold Coast, which is a big perk for people travelling to the sunny state. With so many accommodation options available, properties go head-to-head to offer competitive prices and impressive facilities and amenities. You can expect to pay less than $30 per night in a shared dorm room in a hostel when travelling during the off-season. If you're looking for something more luxurious, 4-star hotels can be found for less than $120 per night.

Our top picks for cheap Gold Coast accommodation: Backpackers In Paradise, Meriton Suites Broadbeach and BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

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Best pet-friendly accommodation on the Gold Coast

Treat your furry friends to a holiday by taking them along on your journey to the Gold Coast. With endless beaches, parks and outdoor spaces for them to enjoy as well as an array of pet-friendly cafes that run along the Gold Coast, booking pet-friendly accommodation is a great option if you plan to drive to the Gold Coast. These accommodation options are less than a two-minute walk from the beach and have open space for you and your pets to enjoy.

Our top picks for pet-friendly accommodation on the Gold Coast: Burleigh Break and The Peninsula

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Best Gold Coast Hinterland accommodation

There's more to the Gold Coast than theme parks, high-rise accommodation and surfing beaches. If you travel further down south, you'll be met with an abundance of greenery and untouched rainforests. The Gold Coast hinterland, dubbed "the green behind the gold", offers a calm atmosphere and plenty of retreat accommodation options with accompanying views of the rainforest and mountains for the ultimate tranquil experience.

Our top picks for Gold Coast Hinterland accommodation: O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat and Bay of Palms

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Best family accommodation on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is home to the best family resort in Australia, Paradise Resort. Between the theme parks, beaches and outdoor activities, the Gold Coast is a haven for families travelling within Australia, especially during the school holiday periods.

These accommodation options offer kids' clubs so both children and parents can enjoy the holiday.

Our top picks for family accommodation on the Gold Coast: Paradise Resort, Turtle Beach Resort and Sea World Resort

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Our Gold Coast accommodation reviews

Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise

Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise from Finder Hotels

Reviewed by: Stephanie Yip, Travel Editor

Splurging on the Gold Coast? It's difficult to do better than Soul Peppers. At 77 storeys high, we chose an ocean view room way up tower and in return received panoramic views over Surfers Paradise Beach. Which, by the way, is right on your doorstep. All the rooms are apartment-style with kitchens and laundries and most are 2-bedroom rooms or greater, making it a fabulous option for families or large groups.

  • Budget: High
  • Pros: Perfect location right on the beachfront, free underground parking, daily housekeeping, laundry to wash your swimmers after a day at the beach and infinity pool overlooking the beach.
  • Cons: There aren't many one-bedroom apartments so couples who miss out might have to pay more and get a larger apartment instead.
  • Our rating: 5/5
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Alternative Gold Coast accommodation options

If you're travelling with a large group, with children, or you simply want a more private and homely place to stay, Airbnb and Stayz offer accommodation with amenities that hotels and resorts do not offer.

Frequently asked questions about Gold Coast accommodation

Where should I stay on the Gold Coast?

Different areas on the Gold Coast offer different accommodation options, experiences and overall vibe. Depending on your travel style and who you are travelling with, you may want to consider where you want to base yourself. Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Main Beach are buzzing tourist hotspots that offer access to some of the best beaches on the coast, alongside some of the best shopping and dining spots. If you're heading to the Gold Coast to enjoy the surf, you'll find Burleigh Heads and Mermaid Beach offer a relaxing atmosphere with uncrowded beaches. For picturesque mountains and rainforests, the Gold Coast Hinterland is set away from the hustle and bustle and is the place you want to be to experience the outdoors.

Can I purchase hotel and flight packages to the Gold Coast?

Yes. Many travel companies, including Flight Centre, Lastminute.com and Wotif offer packages for the Gold Coast with flights and accommodation. Look out for packages that include additional extras like theme park passes and airport transfers, as this can save you even more money.

Which hotels on the Gold Coast offer complimentary breakfast?

You'll find that many hotels and resorts on the Gold Coast offer buffet breakfast. At the time of booking, check if breakfast is included in the price or if it can be added for an additional cost. Hotels such as Mantra Legends, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise and Paradise Island Resort offer complimentary breakfast included in their rates.

Which sites let me book Gold Goast accommodation with free cancellation?

These sites let you make a refundable booking for your trip to Gold Goast, so there's less risk of losing the cost of your stay or deposit. Some sites only offer free cancellation on select Gold Goast hotels or at a slightly higher rate, so it's best to check the terms on your booking before confirming your stay.

Most sites, like Wotif or Expedia, will clearly state whether each Gold Goast hotel is non-refundable.

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Which sites let me use a coupon code to book Gold Goast accommodation?

Using one of our coupon codes at these sites will save you money on your Gold Goast stay. Some may ask you to pay for your stay upfront rather than on arrival in order to apply the code to your Gold Goast booking, but the same cancellation policy does apply so if you are able to cancel, you'll be able to get refunded.

Which sites like me book Gold Goast accommodation without a credit card?

If you don't have a credit card to make your Gold Goast booking, but would like to reap the rewards of one, compare credit cards that offer hotel rewards here.

Which Gold Goast hotel booking sites have rewards programs?

Get access to cheaper prices, collect points toward free stays and get extra perks like Wi-Fi or breakfast if you book your Gold Goast accommodation on sites like these:

  • Wotif: Part of the same family, Wotif lets you access the same benefits as the Expedia Rewards program. You'll get access to lower rates and earn points, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Depending on how often you make bookings, you'll be able to get bigger discounts and earn more perks like breakfast.
  • Agoda: PointsMAX lets you earn up to 6,000 points for your stay that you can put toward a preferred loyalty or frequent flyer program, including KrisFlyer and Velocity.
  • Trip.com: Trip Coins is Trip.com's rewards program where you can earn $1 for every 100 Trip Coins. It's free to join the program. Membership tiers from Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond have different perks to enjoy.
  • Hotels.com: Collect one stamp for every night's stay. Once you stay for 10 nights, you'll be able to redeem one free night up to the average value of your previous 10 nights.
  • Expedia.com.au: Access lower rates as a member and earn Expedia points on bookings, which can be used toward discounted stays in the future. Different levels of membership get you access to deeper discounts and perks, such as free breakfasts.
  • Marriott: The Marriott Bonvoy Benefits program lets you earn points towards free nights, access special member rates, get free Wi-Fi with your stay and check into your room via the mobile app. There are different status levels depending on how often you stay, starting with Silver Elite (10 nights per year).

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