After 30 years as Jupiters Hotel & Casino, the iconic hotel on Gold Coastâ€™s Broadbeach has been transformed and rebranded as The Star Grand, a five-star property that sits within The Star Gold Coast complex.
Along with a new name and identity from March 30 last year, The Star Grand boasts a collection of bright and elegant guestrooms, refreshed public spaces, new dining experiences and more events spaces.
Rooms Room types range from superior deluxe to the penthouse, all dressed in varying shades of cream and blue, with the interior dĂ©cor kept tastefully simple and classic.
My superior deluxe room granted me unobstructed views of the city, looking towards Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, and clear, blue skies. I adored most the king bed which I didnâ€™t want to leave every morning, and the provision of accessible USB charging points for all my electronic devices.
Meeting facilities Event planners have a variety of spaces to choose from at The Star complex, all of which are accessible from The Star Grand.
The renovated Event Centre houses the Ballroom, a 1,628m2 pillarless venue that can host a cocktail party for up to 1,800 guests or a 1,100-pax gala dinner.
During my stay at the start of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Ballroom was transformed into a spectacular garden with stylish seatings, food stalls offering gourmet bites and a bar serving up everything including bubblies. This wondrous venue was the Corporate Hospitality Suite, reserved for Games sponsors and Australian athletes.
Steps beyond the Ballroom is the Marquee, a versatile space that is perfect for exhibitions, product launches, parties and event gala dinners. It can accommodate up to 52 booths, an 800-pax cocktail party of 600 guests for a sit-down dinner.
For planners favouring outdoor options, there is the 750m2 Garden Events Lawn. While I was there, the lawn was a pumping party ground for the Games, aptly called Celebration Lawn. Massive screens broadcasted sports events to guests who lounged around in colourful deck chairs. There were live music, roving entertainment and food stalls that served up wagyu burgers, fish and chips and all sorts of beverages.
New facilities for plannersâ€™ picking include a poolside lawn and poolside meeting rooms.
Other facilities The Star Grand features many dining establishments: award-winning Kiyomi Japanese restaurant, Cucina Vivo Italian restaurant, the tropical garden-esque Garden Kitchen & Bar, and Imperial at The Star Chinese restaurant. All welcome private dining groups.
At Cucina Vivo, dining events can be hosted on the open deck or in a 14-seat private room.
The photogenic Garden Kitchen & Bar is also a great private dining venue option, and planners can choose to begin the party with a cocktail at the bar outside before flowing indoors for dinner.
Relaxed dining options are Mei Wei Dumplings, M&G CafĂ© and Bar, and Food Quarter cafeteria. According to the hotel spokesperson, The Star could work with conference planners to issue food vouchers to delegates for use at Food Quarter.
Two bars â€“ Atrium and Cherry â€“ offer event delegates a place to wind down, while the latter boasts cosy VIP booths for special get-togethers. When musicals and shows are not scheduled at The Theatre, the two-deck auditorium can be used for business events.
ServiceÂ Every staff here is generous with smiles, friendly nods and directions. The concierge walked me to the elevator I needed to get to my room. The hostess at Garden Kitchen & Bar gladly showed me how to use the MoĂ«t & Chandon champagne vending machine (it exists!) placed at the restaurantâ€™s entrance.
Room count 596
Star rating Five
Tel: (61 7) 5592 8100