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“Great if you get it cheap, but definitely not four star” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Karana Palms Resort

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Karana Palms Resort
Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great if you get it cheap, but definitely not four star”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

We stayed here for one night after finding this hotel via Wotif. It is self rated as four star, but do not expect four star. It's closer to two or three. That aside, it was an okay room. Cleaning could be improved, but we had no major dramas. There is secure parking, and the self-contained place had everything we needed, including washing machine and dryer. It was extremely quiet at night.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Damara M
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
2 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2010

I was there during my holidays in Australia with my girlfriend for 3 nights. The place is comfortable and the lady manager in charge is friendly and always ready to assist you. They have a small swimming pool out the front and parking facilities.

The room is complete with everything you need from an apartment. Just that things in the apartment might seem a little old especially the furniture and oven but for the price, it is value for money if you are not expecting too much.

Location wise, to get to surfer's paradise you will just need to walk a bit, approximately 5minutes to get to the main area where you can get public transport. It is pretty near if you don't mind a short walk. To the beach it might take you about 10-15 mins walk.

In a nutshell, for the price, it's value for money, just the only drawback is the old looking furniture.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank nhm2020
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Wellington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2010

We stayed at Karana Palms for a week holiday in surfers. The unit was great had everything we needed (although we didn't get any toilet paper what so ever which was an issue when we first arrived) but coles was just down the road for everything we needed. The managers were very welcoming and friendly. I've just read past comments and have a feeling they have done some upgrades recently as all our furniture etc was in excellent condition and we got brand new out door furniture for the deck the day after we arrived. The bed is the only down point both my partner and I had pretty bad sleeps. If your not expecting 5 star but want somewhere clean comfortable and affordable I highly reccomend. Great location !

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Abbey-Jon
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Napier, New Zealand
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14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2010

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Karana Palms. Hubby and I like to be left to our own accord and enjoyed the fact that we did our own thing and only saw the management on the last day when we went to check out and wanted to leave our bags there to out for the day before heading out to the airport later on.
We didn't get a chance to use the pool as our days were too busy out and about.
Ideal location short walk across the bridge to surfers and bus stops etc. For the 7 days we stayed we did not need to use air con - the fan was right above our bed and good enough. It wasn't luxury but we didn't expect that for the special price we paid. Was a saving being able to cook our own brekky and dinners. Bought extra washing powder etc but just left it behind for the next person... except our VEGEMITE... took that home in the suitcase lol...
Overally recommend for an affordable holiday!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank tkbran
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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33 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2010

Just returned from a week in Surfers staying at Karana Palms, got a really good deal for the week and only paid $5 a night for extra air con even tho they have fans in bedroom and lounge. Karana Palms website is very upfront about being self serviced apartments so yes they only give you enough toilet paper, soap, dishwashing liquid, coffee, tea, milk, sugar, laundry powder, linens to get you started and they are only clean your room after you've been there one week but dont people realise that this is how they manage to keep their prices down so surely thats a good a thing! Our apartment was spacious and quiet and had everything we required including full kitchen facilities and laundry. Super close to Surfers, shops and restaurants, liquor store and supermarket etc. Staff were friendly and could book shuttles and activities so that was handy.

While I found the furniture and linen clean in the room I would agree the walls, curtains etc are in need of a spring clean and the swimming pool always had the cleaner thingee in the bottom so it kinda put us off using it!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank BelindaJane
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new zealand
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2010

We stayed at this hotel for a week.

The only bad thing about our room was that it was not really clean....mainly lots of dust on the shelves, tv, bedside drawers, etc
Everything else was perfect! It's only 5 minutes from the beach and all the shops, including COLES supermarket. The place and the room were really quiet, we never heard noises from the other rooms. Our room was really big, good size kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom. we also had a big courtyard with 6 chairs and a table.
We asked if we could use the air conditioning and didn't get charged for it.
For the tv they have FOXTEL which lets you watch lots of tv programmes, including lots of movies......
Service is friendly and unobtrusive.....
Nice and clean swimming pool which we used a couple of times....nobody was using it.
The apartments is a little 'home away from home', including towels, linen, hair drier, full size fridge with freezer, pans, cutlery.....etc etc etc
We got this hotel as part of a package deal and ended up paying really little for it.....however, would be happy to pay full price and stay here again.
We were very satisifed and would recommend this place!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank nzdownunder
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Auckland
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2010

If you don't mind the iron scorch marks on the carpet, or the black scuff marks up the wall or even the stains on the bed covers, and the very dirty oven then, yes, maybe you could rate it higher than a 2 star rating. There were six in my party in 3 seperate units and all the units had some issue. Ranging from holes in the fly screens to taps snapping off. I suggest management look up the definition of a 4 star resort under the Australian rating system and then adjust accordingly. Service? what service? I had to beg for extra towels and was even asked what they were for....mmmmm.???(we were there for 8 days and they only service the units weekly)again I ask you...4 star????? The location was pretty good. Oh and you had to pay extra for air con....what other 4 star resort does this? I counldn't find one....

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Tanzy2010
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Property: Karana Palms Resort
Address: 40-42 Tarcoola Cres | Chevron Island, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Surfers Paradise
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 125 Speciality Lodging in Surfers Paradise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Karana Palms Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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