Retro-style hotel being prepared for boomers market

LONDON: A new retro 1960s-style hotel will be built to pique the interest of the baby boomers market. The tennis courts once vandalised by pop star Justin Bieber will be demolished to make way for the Gold Coast’s newest hotel.

Sydney-based hotel giant EVT has lodged plans with the Gold Coast City Council to redevelop the site, part of the QT hotel complex, on the corner of Staghorn Ave and Gold Coast Highway.

The four-stoery Lylo-branded hotel will have 120 hotel rooms, ranging from one to four bedrooms.

The retro 1960s-style hotel will aim to “refine the backpacker concept”

“The project brief looks to make better use of an under-utilised portion of the site while increasing product and price diversity with a separately branded short-stay offering,” a planning report on the project reads.

7 Staghorn Avenue seeks to refine the “backpacker” experience by combining the relaxed, beach shack charm of the Gold Coast with a generous eye for life and considered sustainability initiatives.

“The Lylo brand is rapidly establishing itself as a frontrunner in a new way to travel and stay, offering flexibility and an appeal to experience the truly “local”.

EVT said in its report that it aims to help revitalise the northern Surfers Paradise precinct.

The project will be considered by council’s planning committee later this year.

The tennis courts which will be replaced by the hotel have been a mainstay on the site for decades, dating back to its days as the Gold Coast International Hotel.

In December 2013 they became internationally famous when Bieber, who was staying at the QT, went on a late night graffiti spree, covering its walls with spray pain.

It provoked a war of words with Mayor Tom Tate.