So here I am on my way to Germany, and my first stop is on the Gold Coast at the La Costa Motel. I booked the motel through Expedia and got a really good deal. I chose the La Costa Motel because of it’s close proximity to the Gold Coast airport at Coolangatta. I had intended flying out to Germany from the Gold Coast but ended up flying out of Brisbane.
I ring Di, the owner, from the Qantas desk and she arrives 15 mins later to pick me up and take me to the motel. She is just lovely, so friendly and chatty, and it’s not long before we arrive at the motel. Check in is quick and easy and it’s not long before Di shows me to my room.
The room is large and there is plenty of space to move around in, and I park my bag and check out what is included. The decor is in keeping with the beachside theme of the motel, which has a retro look to it. There are a couple of comfortable chairs and a small table to sit and chat while enjoying a coffee or tea.
Well of course the queen sized bed dominates the room. It turns out to be really comfortable and I get a good nights sleep, which is welcome before the long haul to Singapore then Germany.
- There are extra pillows and blankets available in the wardrobe, should the weather turn cool. Not that it’s likely on the Gold Coast, but it’s nice to know that the extra warmth is available if required.
- The TV is positioned at the end of the bed and there are plenty of stations available for your entertainment. A DVD is also provided and DVD’s are available at reception.
- Air Conditioning is provided but I found that the weather was just perfect so I didn’t need to turn it on. The unit does have remote control and is easy to use.
- And again the beach theme decorates the walls.
- Nothing says ‘Aussie’ more than the Holden wagon.
- The room is self contained with a kitchenette that provides place settings for two that include cups, glasses, plates and cutlery.
Also included are the following items:
- Coffee Machine
- Electric jug. This was a welcome change as I have found when travelling both here and in the US, there is often only a coffee machine provided, so when you boil the water, it generally has a coffee taste which isn’t nice if. like me, you are a tea drinker.
In the cupboard there are:
- Tea Towel
- Dishwashing liquid
The Mini bar has space for your own drinks if required.
- A basket with a complimentary breakfast of bread for toast, a mandarin, an apple, orange juice, apple juice, cornflakes and rice bubbles, jam, marmalade and butter. So everything to get you going in the morning.
- The bathroom has a large shower with plenty of hot water and the water pressure is really good.
- Toiletries are provided in the bath room – shampoo, conditioner and two cakes of soap. The towels are large, soft and fluffy. The towels were a welcome change from some of the hard scratchy towels I have experienced in the past.
- One thing I do notice is that the place is absolutely spotless. I am really impressed with how clean and shiny everything is.
- Wifi is free and it is fast.
- Parking is available for one car per room although there is extra parking on Cahill St.
Di points out that the floors are wooden so be prepared to walk around in socks or sneakers to minimise the noise for the other guests. So no tap dancing for me that night.
The traffic noise can be a problem if you are a light sleeper. Unfortunately, for me, the guests in the room upstairs were very noisy. They clomped their way around the room until quite late at night and were up again at 3:50am to start all over again. They finally stopped thumping at around 5am. I thought they had left but the noise started up again around 6:30am. I guess they didn’t realise how much they sounded like a herd of elephants stomping around. I shouldn’t have been such a wimp and gone up and asked them to quiet down.
The beach is really handy, in fact it’s just at the end of the street. So a prime position if you want to go for a swim.
There is a restaurant precinct about a 20 minute walk away and there is a 7/11 store for groceries. If you want a Woolworths or an Aldi supermarket they are about a 40 min walk along the Broadwater. I decided to pick up something for dinner so headed of to the supermarket.
It’s a pleasant walk along the beachfront. The weather was warm but there was a nice breeze that stopped it from being uncomfortably hot, although I wouldn’t have minded wearing shorts. However, as this was a one night only stay on my way to Germany, I hadn’t packed shorts.
On the way to the shops I passed one of the quirky and colourful Koala Sculptures on the Animals with Attitude Koala Sculptures. This one is called “Kimmy” and the artist is Midge Johansen. I think he is really cute.
Would I stay again, yes definitely. And although the room was noisy I slept well once the noise settled down, or perhaps I just tuned it out.
Demelza came to pick me up in the morning and we headed to Brisbane for the next leg of our trip.
And don’t forget to check out the excellent deals with Expedia.
There is a such lot to do on the Gold Coast and the beaches are excellent.