Staying In Surfers Paradise: Voco Gold Coast Review

By |2020-04-10T14:44:00+10:00March 27th, 2019|

Last weekend, I had the chance to stay at the new voco Gold Coast, one of the first voco hotels in the world.

Formerly, The Watermark Hotel, voco has officially opened its doors in November 2018. With 389 rooms, the hotel is perfectly located in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

It's right opposite Q1 with its fabulous Sky Point Observation Deck, a tram stop right out front and a short 5 to 10-minute walk to Cavill Mall and Surfers Paradise Beach.

This makes it the perfect place for business, leisure and anyone looking for an upscale stay in close proximity to the action as well as easy access to the hinterland and adventure activities.

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Surfers Paradise Gold Coast

The Rooms At Voco Gold Coast

Arriving into the spacious lobby with its deep blue wall behind the reception, the staff was greeting me with a smile and handed me a delicious shortbread – on the house.

They obviously know I like sweets, what a good start to the weekend!

voco Gold Coast Lobby

Our car was organised to be parked by the concierge immediately and off we went to level 17, where we stayed in a Deluxe King Ocean view room.

The room was modern, felt very fresh and new and had all the usual mod cons like flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, mini-bar and the cool air-condition was a nice relief after a hot morning with temperatures hitting 30 degrees.

What I loved most about the room was the little day bed by the window.

From here I could just put my feet up and watch the surrounding skyscrapers and waves crashing on the shore in the distance.

surfers paradise voco hotel
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voco hotel GC

The Facilities At Voco Gold Coast

There are two outdoor swimming pools at voco and a full-service spa called L'Aqua Day Spa, which I imagine could be a wonderful experience (deep-tissue or hot stone massages anyone?) after exploring the city and browsing the shops in Surfers Paradise.

Or how about hitting the gym? I would've definitely used the on-site gym if my stay wasn't on a weekend, but this way I was in relaxation mode and didn't feel like a sweaty workout.

I made a good cup of tea instead. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in the room.

voco GC

The Food At Voco Gold Coast

There are 3 restaurants at voco Gold Coast:

  • Social House, serving tapas-style plates and platters along with cocktails as well as a savoury and sweet breakfast menu with barista roasted coffee. I personally haven't eaten here, but it looked very welcoming being located right next to the lobby and I glimpsed over while checking in and out of the hotel.
  • Waves Buffet, where I had breakfast on Sunday morning. It has a lot of different choices served buffet-style.
  • Clifford's Grill & Lounge, an absolute highlight of my stay. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the restaurant offers tables right at the large open windows looking out onto the street, a prime spot for people-watching! Serving a variety of high-quality modern Australian dishes, the 1 kg grilled T-bone for two definitely hit the spot and I am still raving about it days after. I also loved ‘The Dynamic Duo', a cocktail based on white rum infused with watermelon liqueur, lime and mint and for that cocktail alone, I would come back to Clifford's in a heart-beat.

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Clifford's Surfers Paradise
Clifford’s Grill & Lounge
Clifford's Grill Cocktails

No matter if you are travelling to Surfers Paradise for business or a beach holiday, voco Gold Coast is a great upscale choice in a central location that lets you get around easily by foot, car or tram.

With a comfortable bed to find a restful sleep, beautiful ocean or hinterland views from the rooms and delicious food right at your doorstep, you cannot go wrong with voco Gold Coast when looking for a place to stay in Surfers Paradise.

Thank you to voco Gold Coast for having me stay! All opinions and recommendations expressed in this post are, as always, my own.

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About the Author:

Carolin is a travel expert born in Germany. She has been travelling around the world since 2014 and now lives in her adopted soul home Australia. Her travel advice has been featured on Forbes, Daily Mail,, Tour Radar, Expedia and she's also been named one of the top travel bloggers you need to follow by Tourism Queensland.