Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel in Brisbane, Australia

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Updated: June 29, 2021

Essentials
• Location: Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise.
• Hotel website: hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au
• Hotel phone: +61 (0)7 5680 8000
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Review of Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences

This modern and massive family-friendly Hilton offers chic and spacious rooms.

Hilton Surfers Paradise – Luxurious, ideal for families, and fabulous amenities, views, and location.

The Hilton offers hundreds of rooms, suites, and apartments (called ‘residences’) in two towers looming over the premier tourist strip along the Gold Coast. In the Orchid Tower, the suites and rooms (some especially designed for those with mobility needs) are chic and elegant. In the Boulevard Tower, the fully-serviced apartments with kitchens and up to four bedrooms are designed for families, and are available for longer stays too. Those on the highest floors provide heart-pumping views along Australia’s most famous beach. Facilities are outstanding, including four pools and a rare day spa, and endless amenities are virtually at the doorstep.

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Hilton Surfers Paradise – The Location

  • Address: 60 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, the prime tourist area along the Gold Coast. About 80 km southeast of downtown Brisbane. Entrance can be a little easy to miss.
  • Area: In a built-up but dynamic area with so many amenities all around. 200m to the beach.
  • How to Get There: From the Brisbane international and domestic airports, the best options are (1) the Airtrain, every 15-30 minutes (with a Brisbane connection) that stops very near the hotel or (2) Con-X-ion shuttles directly to/from the hotel. More convenient, but with fewer international and domestic services, is the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, about 22 km south of the hotel. The best options for this airport are SkyBus with direct connections to the hotel or door-to-door shuttle buses with Con-X-ion. (See Local Transport below for more information.)
  • Nearest Transport: Bus, Ferry – Surfers Paradise (500m), Tram – Cavill Lane (250m).
  • Handy to: Surfers Paradise Beach.

Hilton Surfers Paradise – The Basics

  • Guests: Mixture, but mainly those on holidays, from honeymoons to family getaways.
  • Pets: No pets allowed; only service animals such as guide dogs.
  • Views: Magnificent views of the sea, streets, and/or hilly interior. Guaranteed breathtaking ocean views from the residences (apartments) on the highest floors.
  • Kitchen: The apartments called ‘residences’ feature spacious and well-equipped kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None, but not that surprising.
  • Extras: Guests at the Executive Rooms and King Relaxation Rooms/Suites have access to the Executive Lounge with free continental breakfast and evening drinks.
  • Parking: Available for a daily fee, but limited space, so book ahead.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)7 5680 8000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au

Hilton Surfers Paradise – Amenities

  • Pool: There are four pools, all close to each other across an outdoor level: (1) large, heated, and indoors with a jacuzzi attached; (2) 40m-long and outdoors; (3) decent-sized splash area for children; and (4) an outdoor plunge pool with comfy chairs alongside.
  • Spa: Unusual among rivals is the Eforea Spa. Offers an impressive range of unique massages and facials, some designed for men. Always uses organic products.
  • Fitness Center: Two fitness centers, one in each tower. Both open 24/7.
  • Other Facilities: Theater for movies and special events. Nothing regular, so ask management.

Hilton Surfers Paradise – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Catch Restaurant – Focuses on seafood with Asian influences, but other options available on the extra-long menu. Breakfast and dinner only and children’s meals. Not too pricey. • The Food Store – Coffee, light meals, juices, and scrumptious sandwiches. Only open mornings.
  • Bar: Near the main outdoor pool, The Deck is only open for guests and at selected times – mainly summer (December-February) and school holidays.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but buffet breakfast is available for an extra cost. Free continental breakfast included for guests in the Executive Rooms.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Hilton Surfers Paradise – Rooms

  • Room Types: Guest Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Executive Rooms • King Relaxation Rooms • King Relaxation Suites • Accessible Rooms • 1 or 2 Bedroom Residences • 2 Bedroom Deluxe Residences • 2 Bedroom Deluxe Ocean View Residences • 2 Bedroom Sky Residences • 3 Bedroom Residences – Ocean View • 4 Bedroom Residences – Ocean View • Sub Penthouse Suite (one only) • List of all Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the hotel premises.
  • Best Room: The King Relaxation Suites are as soothing and luxurious as they sound. Separate living areas, huge bathrooms, balconies, and access to the Executive Lounge. With 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, the Sub Penthouse Suite is unbeatable for size and opulence.
  • For Families: In a separate tower, the ‘residences’ feature 1, 2, 3, or 4 bedrooms. Each has a separate living/dining area, full-sized kitchen, and laundry.

Hilton Surfers Paradise – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: With about 2,400 km of special paths, the Gold Coast is heaven for cyclists. Unfortunately, the shared-bike rental company recently stopped operating, so check for latest updates.
  • Trams: The very useful G:Link tram stretches along the Gold Coast from Southport to Broadbeach via Surfers Paradise. It also connects to trains at Helensvale for downtown Brisbane and the Brisbane airports (see above). The ‘Cavill Avenue’ tram stop is only 200m from the hotel.
  • Taxis & Ride-shares: Taxis run by 13cabs are not that common along the streets, so arrange through the website. Uber also operates along the Gold Coast.

Hilton Surfers Paradise – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Hard Rock Café Surfers Paradise – 200m down Orchid Avenue (look for the huge guitar in the air). Offering the usual burgers, beers, and bands, as well as balcony seating. It’s always popular with families.
    Often more fun to eat and drink along the Esplanade. Within a row 400m from the Hilton are:

  • The Surfers Paradise Beach Café Pizzeria and Bar – Bright and cheery, with live music, happy hours, and plenty of outdoor seating.
  • Gringo Loco Cantina – Mexican-inspired décor and menu offering tacos, margaritas, and everything in between.
  • Within the Soul Boardwalk shopping/dining complex, which has entrances at the beach and along Cavill Avenue, are several more classy places. These include Vapiano Soul Boardwalk, an unusual self-service but classy cafeteria for inexpensive pasta and pizza.
  • Along Cavill Lane, an undercover arcade next to the Hilton, are a dozen (mostly) Asian cafés that are simple, cheap, and cheerful.

Best Nearby Bars

  • The Avenue – Surfers Paradise – Plush bar providing wilder than normal nightlife that includes stand-up comedy, DJs, bands, drag queen shows, and karaoke. Directly opposite the hotel entrance.
  • House of Brews – Vibrant street-level pub with 30+ beers on tap and the area’s only rooftop lounge bar. A few steps north along Orchid Avenue.

Nearby Shops

    So many shops along the streets, especially Cavill Avenue (the pedestrian street leading to the beach). Also, Paradise Centre is an undercover shopping mall with plenty for the kids, such as the Time Zone games arcade and a 10-pin bowling alley.

Nearby Attractions

    The number one attraction is, of course, the wide and white beach, which is about 200m down any side-street. And it’s called Surfers Paradise for a reason: waves can be very rough for the inexperienced, so always swim between the flags where professional lifeguards operate every day during daylight hours.

Hilton Surfers Paradise – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the center of Surfers Paradise.

The rooms, suites, and apartments at the Hilton are in two separate towers in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

The entrance is easy to miss.

The entrance to the lobby area can be surprisingly easy to miss in this built-up part of the Gold Coast.

The lobby and lounge are plush.

The lobby and guest lounge are plush and welcoming.

The Food Store is in the lobby.

Only open in the mornings, The Food Store is in the lobby area at the Hilton.

Catch Restaurant specializes in seafood.

On a lower level at the Hilton, the classy Catch Restaurant specializes in seafood.

Eforea Spa offers an impressive range of treatments.

Highly unusual among rival hotels is the Eforea Spa, which offers an impressive range of treatments.

The hotel has 4 pools.

One of four pools at the Hilton hotel and apartment complex, this one is substantial.

One of the pools has a jacuzzi.

Another large pool is indoors and has a bubbling jacuzzi attached.

One of the pools is just a plunge pool.

Yet another pool is more for plunging.

Rooms have a chic decor.

The décor within the rooms and suites is likably chic.

Suites are spacious.

Suites offer more space and a bit more color than the standard rooms.

Bathrooms are huge.

One standout feature of all the rooms, suites, and apartments are the bathrooms.

Some of the apartments have balconies.

Some apartments (called ‘residences’) feature balconies that are a little scary on the 50th floor.

Views from the upper floors are magnificent.

Views of Surfers Paradise Beach from the apartments on the highest floors are breathtaking.

Apartments have spacious living areas.

Apartments offer very spacious living areas.

Apartments have modern kitchens.

All apartments feature modern kitchens with plenty of seating.

Cavill Lane has a lot of Asian cafes.

Next to the hotel, Cavill Lane is packed with inviting (and mostly) Asian cafés.

Hard Rock Café nearby is very popular.

Always popular among families is the Hard Rock Café about 200m down the street from the Hilton.

Surfers Paradise Beach Café is bright and breezy.

Particularly bright and breezy is the Surfers Paradise Beach Café along the Esplanade, a few minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Gringo Loco Cantina is funky.

Next to the Beach Café is the fun-filled Gringo Loco Cantina.

Vapiano specializes in Italian fare.

Vapiano is an unusual but likable cafeteria-style café specializing in Italian food.

The Avenue is a popular bar with live entertainment.

Directly across the road from the hotel, The Avenue is a popular bar that provides plenty of entertainment during the evenings.

House of Brews has a long counter.

The extra-long counter at House of Brews close to the hotel is ideal for people-watching.

Paradise Centre shopping mall has a games arcade.

Also close by, the Paradise Centre shopping mall has a Time Zone games arcade.

The neighborhood has lots of dining and shopping options.

There are plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop along the streets near the Hilton.

The beach is world-renowned.

Only a few minutes’ walk from the hotel is one of the world’s finest beaches.

Flags are put up to mark safe swimming spots.

Always swim between the flags – even more so on windy days when the waves can be potentially dangerous.

There is a walking and cycling path by the beach.

The path alongside Surfers Paradise Beach is ideal for walking and cycling.

G:link tram goes to downtown Brisbane and the airports.

The G:link tram connects the hotel with other beaches along the Gold Coast, as well as downtown Brisbane and the Brisbane airports.

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