Mantra Legends Hotel in Brisbane, Australia

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Updated: January 3, 2022

• Location: Laycock Street, Surfers Paradise.
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• Hotel phone: +61 (0)7 5588 7888
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Review of Mantra Legends Hotel in Brisbane

The family-friendly Mantra Legends hotel features spacious rooms and a huge pool.

Mantra Legends – Very convenient, quiet, and comfortable, and great value.

The Mantra is nicely distant from the traffic, crowds, and noise of downtown Surfers Paradise, the prime part of the Gold Coast, but there are still plenty of amenities close by and a tram stop is just across the road. As bright, airy, and inviting as the lobby, all rooms feature balconies, while the studios also have kitchenettes. Top of the list are the luxurious and spacious suites with two-person spa baths and optimum sea views from the highest two floors. A fine option for families, four can squeeze into each room with two double beds (or a double and a convertible sofa), while many have connecting doors. The lagoon-style pool with ‘waterfalls’ is enticing, and Mantra’s other facilities are functional while rates are pleasing.

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Mantra Legends – The Location

  • Address: 25 Laycock Street, Surfers Paradise. On a corner of the main road, Surfers Paradise Boulevard (with a side door for pedestrians), and Laycock Street (with the main vehicle entrance). In Surfers Paradise, the prime tourist area along the Gold Coast. About 80 km southeast of downtown Brisbane.
  • Area: About 600m from the center of Surfers Paradise and less than 300m from the beach. Quieter than downtown Surfers Paradise.
  • 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 shuttle buses 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 shuttlebuses with Con-X-ion. (See Local Transport below for more information.)
  • Nearest Transport: Bus – Remembrance Dr at Markwell Avenue (400m), Tram – Surfers Paradise (200m).
  • Handy to: Surfers Paradise Beach.

Mantra Legends – The Basics

  • Guests: Business people and holidaymakers, including families.
  • Pets: Only service animals (e.g. guide dogs) allowed.
  • Views: Most rooms face the streets or hills in the distance, while a few – particularly the Spa Suites on the top two floors – offer ocean views that aren’t too obstructed.
  • Kitchen: The studios and Spa Suites feature kitchenettes.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Every Spa Suite offers a 2-person spa bath (not a jacuzzi).
  • Parking: Available under the hotel for a reasonable daily fee, but space is limited so arrange when booking.
  • How to Book: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)7 5588 7888
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Mantra Legends – Amenities

  • Pool: Unusually designed like a ‘lagoon’ and flanked by ‘waterfalls’, the pool is large and shady. Only a full-length window separates it from the lobby, however, so there’s not much privacy.
  • Spa: Not expected (or provided) at a hotel like this.
  • Fitness Center: Good size and packed with the latest equipment. Sauna and steam room attached.
  • For Families: Child-minding.
  • Other Facilities: Tour desk. Laundry. Internet lounge and business services.

Mantra Legends – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The bright and sunny Fables Restaurant is popular for its extra-long menu and substantial buffets, but only open for breakfast and dinner.
  • Bar: Overlooking the lagoon-style pool and near the reception desks, the Tales Lobby Bar offers colorful cocktails and big burgers.
  • Breakfast: Buffet breakfast available for an extra cost or could be included in special package deals.
  • Room Service: Available 6 am to 10 pm daily.

Mantra Legends – Rooms

  • Room Types: Hotel Deluxe Twin Rooms • Hotel Deluxe Studios • Spa Suites • List of all Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Unusually, smoking is tolerated on the balconies if windows to the main rooms are closed.
  • Best Room: The fabulous Spa Suites feature separate living areas and 2-person spas. On the top 2 floors for maximum possible views, including the sea; some with balconies.
  • For Families: All twin rooms feature 2 double beds which can sleep 4, and many have connecting doors. Others have a king-sized bed and a sofa that converts to another double.

Mantra Legends – 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 ‘Surfers Paradise’ tram stop is only 150m 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.

Mantra Legends – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Legends Seafood Restaurant – At the hotel’s side entrance (but separately owned), this cavernous Chinese restaurant is popular with families for banquets. Authentic and well-priced.
  • Shiraz Persian Restaurant – Something different on the main road opposite the Mantra. Pleasant setting inside and out, and especially good for vegetarians. (No alcohol.)
  • Nicolinis – Casual pizza and pasta joint next to the Shiraz. Splendid corner setting, impressive wine list, friendly service, and authentic décor.
  • Pancakes in Paradise – Spacious and colorful US-style diner. Hearty portions and all-you-can-eat specials, always busy with families. Virtually on the other side of Surfers Paradise Boulevard.
  • Hard Rock Café Surfers Paradise – 400m down the main road (look for the huge guitar in the air). Usual burgers, beers, and bands, as well as balcony seating.

Best Nearby Bars

  • Gilley’s Bar & Grill – Perennially popular for its street-side setting ideal for people-watching, extended menu (with meals for children), and wine/cocktail lists. About 500m via the main road.
  • The Avenue – Surfers Paradise – Plush bar providing wilder than normal nightlife that includes stand-up comedy, DJs, bands, drag queen shows, and, um, karaoke. Virtually opposite Gilley’s.

Nearby Shops

    Plenty of shops along the streets, especially Cavill Avenue 400m away (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 beach, which is less than 300m down Laycock Street. The beach is wide and white, but there is no shade. 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.

Mantra Legends – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a pleasant neighborhood.

Part of a countrywide chain of 4-star hotels and apartments, Mantra Legends is in a less developed and crowded part of Surfers Paradise.

The main entrance is on Laycock Street.

The main entrance is along the side street to the beach, Laycock Street.

A side entrance is on the main road.

A side entrance faces the main road, Surfers Paradise Boulevard.

The guest lounge is bright and comfortable.

The guest lounge near the reception desks is comfortable, airy, and sunny.

Tales Lobby Bar is renowned for its cocktails and burgers.

The Tales Lobby Bar at the Mantra is popular for its cocktails and burgers.

Fables Restaurant is renowned for its evening buffets.

Open for breakfast and dinner, Fables Restaurant is often packed for evening buffets.

The pool is large.

The pool is pleasingly large but offers little privacy from the guest lounge which is only separated by windows.

The gym is a decent size.

At a slightly lower level than the pool, the fitness center is a decent size.

Accommodations are comfortable.

All types of accommodations are comfortable and cozy.

Studios and suites come with kitchenettes.

The studios and suites feature kitchenettes.

Rooms are colorful.

The rooms, studios, and suites offer splashes of color surprisingly absent in similar hotels.

Some rooms are big enough for 4 guests.

Four people can comfortably sleep in the rooms that have two queen-sized beds.

Some rooms offer great views.

Located in a less built-up area of Surfers Paradise, views from the back of the hotel are extensive.

Legends Seafood Restaurant is by the side entrance.

At the side entrance of the hotel is the Legends Seafood Restaurant.

There are several Asian cafes nearby.

Around the streets near the hotel, a number of simple and cheap cafés serve Asian food.

Shiraz Persian Restaurant is across the road.

For something different, the Shiraz Persian Restaurant is almost opposite the hotel.

Nicolini’s Italian bistro is popular.

Next to the Shiraz is the lovable Nicolini’s Italian bistro.

Pancakes in Paradise is colorful and popular.

Also very close to the Mantra Legends is the colorful Pancakes in Paradise.

Hard Rock Café nearby is very popular.

Always popular with families is the Hard Rock Café, about 400m along the main road.

Gilley’s Bar & Grill is a popular sports bar.

Worth a short walk from the Mantra is Gilley’s Bar & Grill.

The Avenue is a popular bar with live entertainment.

Opposite Gilley’s, The Avenue bar offers all sorts of entertainment at night.

The hotel is located in a nice neighborhood.

The Mantra Legends is nicely distant from the more developed parts of Surfers Paradise.

Paradise Centre shopping mall has a games arcade.

Not far from the hotel, the Paradise Centre shopping mall has a Time Zone games arcade.

Downtown has a lot of amenities.

Downtown Surfers Paradise about 600m from the hotel is packed with amenities.

The beach is world-renowned.

Only a 2-minute walk from the hotel is one of the finest beaches in the world.

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 more 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. Check rates and availability: Mantra Legends

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