A few months ago hubby and I headed down to the Gold Coast to watch his beloved New Zealand Warriors take on the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL. When looking for somewhere to stay that was close to CBUS Stadium, the Wallaby Hotel came up.
I checked out their website and read some reviews on a couple of different accommodation sites. The comments were a completely mixed bag. However, I bit the bullet and booked 2 nights at $100 per night. Unless you were staying in a tent at one of the holiday parks, there is no way in hell that you’d ever find accommodation on the Gold Coast at that price.
We arrived at the hotel early evening on the Friday and went to the gaming room to check in. The Wallaby Hotel was originally opened in 1884 and has been known by a few different names over the years. It is an old school Queenslander style pub, with on-site bistro and gaming room. The accommodation is a separate building, still on the same property, but up the back behind the pub itself.
There are 10 rooms total in the accommodation building and ours was one of the 8 rooms with a queen sized bed. Even though the accommodation building is up on stilts, (with car parking underneath) it is still wheelchair accessible. The room itself is nothing to shout about, but it had everything we needed for a footy weekend. Bed, shower, couch, TV and fridge.
We wandered over to the hotel for a drink before moving to the bistro for dinner. Dinner was extremely good value, as we received 20% off our total by showing our room key, to say we were staying at the hotel. We both had the steak and chips and it was just what we needed. The steak was cooked exactly how we’d asked for it, the chips were golden and crunchy and the gravy sauce was delicious too.
We were on a bit of a budget for this particular weekend, so instead of spending a lot of money at the pub, we popped next door to the hotel and got some drinks from the bottle shop. Back in our room we chilled out on the couch with our drinks and watched the Friday night footy game on the TV. The TV was on a swivel wall bracket, so we could move it if we needed to.
I’d read a few reviews which complained about the noise at night, but seriously, it’s a freakin’ pub, did you really expect to stay there and not hear people/music? (some people are just stupid). There was a band playing that night and yes we could hear it, but certainly not as much as I thought we’d hear it.
The bed was comfy enough for a good nights sleep and hubby and I were both a little dusty when we woke up the next morning. I was just glad we had lady luck on our side that weekend, as I opened the curtain in the kitchenette area and looked out the window and saw A BAKERY!
The bakery was across the road and it was open. I got dressed and headed over to the Mudgeeraba Bakery (open Monday – Saturday and family owned) to get some breakfast (naughty I know, but it was a footy weekend). There was some delicious looking items in that place and a whole case dedicated to gluten free things. I went for a meat pie and got hubby a couple of sausage rolls. I also couldn’t help myself and got a couple of sweet slices.
Saturday we just relaxed in the room, as it had been a few weeks of craziness for both of us leading up to our footy weekend away. 2pm we decided to head over to the bistro again and get some grub before heading to the stadium about 3.30pm. I’m so glad we did this, as check out my pizza that I got! Hubby had a chicken parmigiana, but he started eating it before I could snap a pic. It was humongous and again we got 20% off our total bill.
We grabbed a cab over to the stadium which was less than $10. Lady luck continued to be on our side, as hubby’s team won the game. We’d actually gone to the game as a special function after the game was being held for QLD members. This meant we also got to meet all the players after the game, get signatures and also photos with them.
Once the after game function was finished, we grabbed a cab and headed back to the Wallaby Hotel. Again, the cab ride was less than $10. There was karaoke happening when we got back to the hotel, so we went in and had a few drinks and listened to the karaoke (it was still early, so why not). It was definitely one of those pubs which everyone seems to know each other and I’d say most customers are indeed regulars.
We had another great sleep and headed out just after 10am to get back to Brisbane.
All the staff we encountered throughout our stay were very friendly and helpful. Since the gaming room is essentially the reception for the accommodation, you can call them at any point up until 2am. If you need more towels or a different pillow, they’ll make it happen.
Even though the accommodation at the Wallaby Hotel is a little dated, it still has everything you need and is definitely great value at $100 per night. The drink prices at the pub are on par with all other bars and clubs. The bistro’s food is delicious, the menu has variety and is again, well priced.
If you’re looking to have a great weekend at the footy on a budget, this is definitely the place to stay.
45 Railway Street,
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Do you enjoy going away on a sports related weekend?
Have you ever found accommodation for a great price that had everything you needed? Where was it?