Surf A Colorful Wave On Australia’s Gold Coast!

September 17, 2012

You know what I love the most about travelling? Apart from getting to experience new cultures and see the world the one thing I look most forward to is checking out the hotel that I have booked, as a designer I always have an eye on the design of a hotel prior to booking so when it comes to checking in I usually spend more time looking at the counter detailing or the lighting than paying attention to the receptionist. I know it’s a little bit sad and I admit I am a bit of a geek but what I really love about hotels is that they all have a unique personality and such diversity. From a design point of view you can always tell the difference between a big chain that haven’t really paid much attention to their target market / environment and decided to stick to the brand manual design guidelines and the local boutique hotel that is designed with soul in mind.

Today’s feature project is one such hotel, albeit part of a slightly smaller chain but in fairness QT Hotels are a really awesome chain of hotels as evidenced by their latest offering on Australia’s Gold Coast. Perhaps it is because this hotel is located in Surfers Paradise but I am all over the laid back design approach of it, it is all very refreshing.  QT Hotels state the following about their hotels on their website and I love it:

Well, it’s not quite what you’d think. It’s not your ordinary hotel, it’s anything but. It’s an eclectic mix of design and art. It’s style & luxury with a touch of Quirk. Put it together with bars to be seen at, restaurant s you just have to eat at, and get a taste of QT Style. So come and stay at the playground where all the cool kids play.

The hotel in the images below is described perfectly in the press release from QT Hotels:

QT Hotels & Resorts has officially unveiled QT Gold Coast, a unique designer resort that celebrates an eclectic design environment and bold entertainment to create an intriguing yet relaxing guest experience.

QT Gold Coast offers a contemporary living space that is a mixture of nostalgic surfer chic meets Miami swim catwalk. Custom furniture, graphica and pops of bold colour are some of the unmissable highlights of the design inspired by the 1950’s and 60’s with Eames-era chairs, artist crafted feature walls and photographic ceiling mosaics of the Gold Coast through the ages.

Stingray Lounge is where the party starts on the Gold Coast. Guests can relax by the large lagoon style pool on one of the colourful sunbeds or step into SpaQ for an unsurpassable custom spa experience featuring a sleek wet zone, with unisex hammam and ice fountain.

QT Gold Coast is the perfect starting point to launch into the dynamic fusion of Gold Coast city culture, fashion and nightlife uniquely set on Australia’s most spectacular beach coastline.

The QT Resort experience begins as soon as guests arrive with a concierge and hostess greeting them in quirky, retro outfits. Service is always attentive, combining an upbeat American vibe teamed with a touch of Aussie sincerity.

Bazaar Marketplace is the signature restaurant and heart of the property. Showcasing an international mosaic of foods, guests of QT Resorts will be spoilt for choice with seafood, crustacean and chacuterie bars, Asian and grill stations a wood fired pizza oven and rotisserie. Bazaar chefs provide a theatrical and thoroughly interactive dining experience to create both an ocular and gastronomic experience for guests.

All 297 rooms at QT Gold Coast have quirks and nuances ensuring that they feel like a bespoke home away from home. Each room is individually tailored for an unforgettable QT experience boasting luxurious QT king beds, balconies, graphica bathrooms, deluxe amenities, iPod dock, 42 inch flat screen and designer furnishings.

Based on the above and the awesome images below, is this the type of hotel you would stay at? I for one will definitely be checking it out the next time I am in the region. For me my favorite design elements of this project is the explosion of color that it brings with it both in the FF&E and art that adorns the walls and ceilings. The oversized and playful lighting fixtures are awesome, they had a real relaxed feeling to the design which is important especially when coupled with the eclectic and artistic furniture pieces. I can’t put my finger on any one style which is perhaps why I like this project so much, elements are very retro, others bohemian and then a slight hint of art deco thrown in, whatever it is that I can’t put my finger on I have to say that I am a huge fan and this is a hotel that could only make me smile, both as an interior architect and a customer.