A few years ago a colleague taught me to always request a high floor when making an online hotel booking. The hotel in question only had two floors but the lesson stuck.
I discovered the Meriton chain thanks to Tripadvisor rating them highly. They both had pools and fitness facilities and the apartments were massive, with a full kitchen and laundry, bathroom, bedroom and living room.
Everything you could expect to need was provided like dishwasher tablets, dishwashing liquid, laundry liquid and a fresh sponge as well as a scrubbing brush in the kitchen.
The Meriton serviced apartments are conveniently located – Broadbeach opposite the casino, within a block of shops and restaurants and one back from the beach, Herschel Street is a short walk from Queen Street Mall and the river.
Each cost less than $200AU per night – a much better deal than a hotel room when you consider the facilities and space. I think apartments also feel more homely and allow you the opportunity to ‘live like a local’ – perfect for a girls trip, boys trip, family trip or romantic getaway.