The Best Hotels and Places to Stay in Gladstone, Queensland

Dolphins can sometimes be spotted from the attractive Gladstone waterfront
Dolphins can sometimes be spotted from the attractive Gladstone waterfront | © Hilke Maunder / Alamy Stock Photo
Kim Gregory

Queensland, Australia, is home to the coastal city of Gladstone – perfectly located for adventures. Trips to the Southern Great Barrier Reef are yours, as well as Heron Island, Wilson Island, and inland gorges and waterfalls. Central Gladstone has restaurants, bars and shops, a yacht-filled marina, a gallery and a museum. Check out our list of the best hotels in Gladstone – from lively backpacker spots to stylish apartments with scenic balconies – all bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel, for in-room service


Sunset photo of the Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel, a two-storey balconied building that occupies a corner plot next to a zebra crossing.
© Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel / Expedia

Modern rooms featuring kitchens, sofas and docking stations are just the beginning at this parking-included, 10-minutes-from-Gladstone-Airport hotel. Wake up and order in-room treats from the Coffee Club before taking a morning dip in the swimming pool. Book a room with balcony to chill out with views of the city, mountains or ocean – then head to the hotel bistro for classic dishes like New Zealand cod or char-grilled steaks. Wash it all down with Australian wine or cocktails – best enjoyed on the outdoor terrace.

2. Auckland Hill Bed & Breakfast, for unique style


Night-time view of the fence outside the Auckland Hill Bed & Breakfast, with an oval B&B sign and an adjacent palm tree-lined driveway.
© Auckland Hill Bed & Breakfast / Expedia

Marvel at the quirky, vintage fabrics and furnishings throughout this award-winning B&B – from the roaring fireside guest lounge to the en-suite rooms. Choose the room with the spa bath for a more luxurious stay. Enjoy continental breakfast and, throughout the day, order treats like cake, coffee or beers. You’ll love the pool and open deck area, both atmospherically low-lit at night. Auckland Hill also boasts an eco-efficiency plan and undercover parking, all near the marina.

3. Gladstone Central Plaza, for a morning by the pool


Clean, white room at the Gladstone Central Plaza, with a dark-wood double bed and a white en-suite bathroom.
© Gladstone Central Plaza / Expedia

One- to four-bed apartments at this four-star hotel feature living rooms, kitchens and dining areas – book the penthouse for its harbour- and city-view balcony. Mornings mean continental buffet breakfast before days spent at the in-house gym, outdoor pool and heated spa – or one of the many restaurants at the neighbouring Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre. Special occasion? The rooftop viewing deck is the perfect spot for sophisticated cocktail events.

4. Gladstone Backpackers, for a budget-friendly stay


Exterior view of Gladstone Backpackers at twilight, with a large decked area on the lawn occupied by three grey sofas with lounging guests, and a fire pit.
© Gladstone Backpackers / Expedia

Lively vibes come with a stay in mixed dorms or private rooms – and so does free breakfast. Meet fellow travellers over movies or video games on the TV, rustle up dinner in the kitchen or get pampered in the hair salon. Best is the poolside bar featuring local craft beer taps, live music evenings, lawn games and dishes including once-weekly wood-fired pizza. Don’t miss excursions with friendly staff – catch the sunrise at Mount Larcom or explore the Fairy Springs waterfalls.

5. Aaron Motel, for al fresco dining


View of the outdoor L-shaped pool at the Aaron Motel, with blue fencing on one side and two white sun loungers on the other side.
© Aaron Motel / Expedia

Check into simple, cosy rooms at this motel, and you’ll get complimentary in-room Netflix, and a balcony or patio for relaxing in the sun. Have a dip in the outdoor swimming pool lined with luscious trees and take advantage of the al fresco dining area with two BBQs, a small oven, hot plates, cooking utensils, cutlery and paper plates. Be sure to spend evenings in the heated spa pool – you can watch TV as you relax.

6. Gladstone City Central Apartment Hotel, for business travellers


Exterior view of Gladstone City Central Apartment Hotel, a large white building with two red central columns, and sixteen balconied apartment windows.
© Gladstone City Central Apartment Hotel / Expedia

Business trip? Choose this centrally-located hotel overlooking Gladstone harbour and city, offering a corporate lounge and executive boardroom. Book catering packages, hire audio-visual equipment and make use of the 24-hour on-site manager. The rooftop viewing deck is perfect for cocktail parties. Rest up in your apartment – choose from a range of sizes, and amenities like kitchens, balconies or spa baths – and wake to a continental buffet breakfast.

7. Harbour Lodge Motel Gladstone, for easy simplicity


Exterior view from the car park of the Harbour Lodge Motel Gladstone, which has a cream exterior and two storeys of balconies with green railings.
© Harbour Lodge Motel Gladstone / Expedia

Looking for places to stay in Gladstone that are simple, but with all you need? Rooms at Harbour Lodge Motel Gladstone have it covered, with dining tables, basic kitchen equipment like microwaves and kettles, and a balcony – some overlooking the mountains. You’ll enjoy the outdoor pool and, just beside it, the barbecue area with picnic tables and parasols. From here you can walk to the city centre, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum and Victoria Park.

8. The Club Hotel Gladstone, for all-round entertainment


Car park at the Club Hotel Gladstone, surrounded by sections of latticed fence and white doors to all of the rooms.
© The Club Hotel Gladstone / Expedia

For a fun-filled evening, check into this central hotel featuring a lively bistro and bar. Tuck into stacked burgers or topped steaks, washed down with on-tap beers like Great Northern. Families will love the build-your-own children’s menu and activity-packed kids’ corner, while the adults get to watch big-screen sports, play rounds of pool and take part in weekly quizzes. Rest up in your simple, modern en-suite room – order takeaway for nights in – and wake to coffee and cakes in the Bar Lounge.

9. Curtis Central Apartments, for a home from home


Sunset view from modern corner balcony at Curtis Central Apartments, with a city and river view.
© Curtis Central Apartments / Expedia

Make yourself at home in this award-winning apartment hotel. Choose between one- or two-bedroom apartment suites with stylish living areas, equipped kitchens and extra-large bedrooms. Plump for the 2-bed Deluxe and you’ll get floor-to-ceiling windows leading to your furnished harbour-view balcony – perfect for romantic dinners. You’ll appreciate the little touches like coffee machines, docking stations and secure undercover parking, too. Restaurants, bars, cafes and shops are all nearby.

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