Vibe Hotel Gold CoastWe finally touched down at the Coolangatta Airport at 6.30 AM (Australian time), after the 8-hour flight. It was autumn in Gold Coast; so daylight surfaces at 6.30 AM, as bright as 9 AM here in Malaysia...
This is my 1st time disembarking at Coolangatta Airport. During my last visit to Gold Coast, MAS flew (still does!) to Brisbanne. Coolangatta Airport fared below my expectation: the building was as simple as our LCCT, only with an ambiance far better and more "civilized". Another bad thing was, it wasn't open 24-hours!
We took the airport shuttle to the nearest bus stop, which was about 400 meters from the airport. Then, we took bus number 700 to get to our hotel in Surfers Paradise (SP). The ride only cost us AUD4.40 (RM13.20) per person. We could easily hail a cab, but that wouldn't be challenging. Furthermore, it would cost a bomb! One peculiar thing about us - we like getting lost in getting to our destination! To us, that would add to the fun, and we learn more about the locals that way ;)
Local school boys waiting for the same bus as us... ohhh! I luv the autumn weather, sunny without the heat... it was so cooling, and never sweat even a drop! ;)
En Arip who would enjoy the sun only in breezy temperatures!
We waited for the bus on Archer Street. And the best thing was, buses here always arrive on time as stated on the schedule stand!
The view from the bus window was so fabulous! I luv the sight of thier small towns and houses, mostly along the Gold Coast sandy beaches. It took us about 45 minutes to reach Surfers, and we got down at Caville Avenue, where our hotel was located. The bus stop was only 50 meters from our hotel - now, that's really kewl!
The one and only one pic I have managed to snap from the bus... heheh... The rest of the journey, we just chatted...
That's the hotel!
The one thing I love most about the Vibe hotel in Surfers was its location. It was PERFECT! We just had to take a short stroll to the beach; and the malls were just across the road.
The hotel adopted a modern minimalist look, which was so me! We were assigned a room on the 10th floor, facing the sea. Unfortunately, the sea view was slightly blocked by the Chevron Rennaisance twin towers... Anyway, we could still enjoy a rather good view.
We checked in, and relaxed in the room for a while. After refreshing ourselves, we walked around the hotel to see their facilities - the gym and the pool were great, facing the beautiful Nerang river, lined by the Chevron Island housing area... that was just behind our hotel!
The hotel lobby
Luv those stripes and the color combination. Clockwise from left: The lobby, the mezannine lounge and our room.
The view from our room balcony...we could see Hard Rock Cafe clearly from here!
The Gold Coast sea is visible, beyond the Chevron Rennaisance twin towers' rooftop garden.
This is the view from our room balcony at 5.30PM. Dark as night!
We really enjoyed having our late night coffee everynite on the balcony. Strangely, the ambience was so peacefully quiet.
The back view of the hotel...
Snapping from a rather awkward angle...
And here are the results from the awkward-angle shoot:
In my opinion, the hotel is highly recomended if u want to stay in Surfers Paradise. The reception staff were great, and so were the facilities! And the most important factor - the location is PERFECT!
I give Vibe 5 out 5 stars because I am very pleased with my stay there. U can visit thier website here, and of course, we will choose to stay at Vibe again if we come back to Surfers Paradise!
We got these cute rubber toys from Vibe, how cute!
U guys can view my Vibe series by simply visiting my Flickr Album here