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Mantra Southport Sharks

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by T. A. Rose (subscribe)
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Published March 9th 2021
This great football club's take on hospitality
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Mantra from front entrance.


At the Southport Sharks Aussie Rules Football Club is a modern Mantra and Accor run hotel connected to the club. From the Aussie Rules social club kitchen to the gym is a 'well-run machine of sporting enterprise', with clean modern rooms and classier aspects which make this cheaper stay a four-star experience. Amenities with features such as frameless shower screens and ducted air-conditioning make this place a bit classy and although there's no pool and some noise during the social club's live entertainment times. which last night faded away before 10 PM, I did not want to leave, so that is great free advertising. Truly ideal for business stays, although the rideshare-taxi fees to Surfers Paradise are about $20 each way. Distances are big on the Gold Coast.

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Bed made prior to and photographed on arrival.


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View of Gold Coast CBD from fourth floor is superb.


I paid $204 AUD for two nights but later found out for next week, on the same (comparable) days, it was going to cost $282 for two nights at the minimal rate - known as stay and save on the Mantra website. While on that topic, the wording of the no deposit gave me a chance to talk to customer service, who made sure I understood the difference between a deposit to hold the booking and a cash bond. I find on the Gold Coast especially, cash bonds are commonplace. The going rate is $100 payable by credit-debit card on arrival, but I have seen as high as $200 or 125% of the price of a one night stay. However, for Mantra, I paid (sorry - in this context, it's a loan because I'm likely to get my bond back) $100 (just less than 100%) of the price of a one night stay.

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Entrance to hotel and club grounds.


With great views of Gold Coast CBD on the top few floors, very secure, access to a very top-rate Southport Sharks gym, in the heart of the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct, with room service, near the university and hospital, I can certainly say that despite not being anywhere near the sea, I can clearly see its purpose, and it shows 'there is a lot more to the Gold Coast' - more than what I knew prior to my stay. I think there is no pool at the Sharks gym either, but the beach and aquatic centre at Southport is only a five-minute drive away.

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Room on arrival.


I tried searching (for interested readers) for a large family search online as well as two adults and two children for a booking in seven weeks time there are family rooms available, done with two interconnecting king rooms, and so understandably, families are catered for - although bear in mind cots aren't provided, so you can either bring your own or hire from Jack and Jill hire company (according to the hotel's information Teletext - available on the provided television). Actually, on that Teletext is most things you'll need to know that helps improve your stay - so finer details that are important but can't be drafted into a typical accommodation webpage. It should be added there is a 450 strong member Aussie Rules junior football club here, so this review's adjacent Mantra hotel is actually quite family-friendly when I really consider the facts.

That aside, there is free onsite parking and a light rail trip away from the Gold Coast's main places (the light rail is eight-minute walk from the property). If you did call the hotel, I think that the staff could work out how to help you with your queries. It's 24-hour reception and check-in but a long ride from the airport - the airport is in the southern suburbs of Kirra/Coolangatta but Southport is northern Gold Coast. Room service even does a vegan burger with some originality and flavour so it's nice to see pleasant details like that considered by the kitchen and management.

This is a great place to stay and I don't want to leave, I could sit here and review the entire surrounds at this rate!

Photos courtesy of author taken 09-10 March 2021.
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Why? Gold Coast stay.
When: All year round.
Phone: (07) 5603 3200
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Avenues, Southport Queensland 4215
Cost: $200-300 AUD per person per two night stay, minimum rate.
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