This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Queensland Hotels Association Awards for Excellence, a gala event that celebrates the ‘cream of the crop’ of Queensland’s hospitality industry. Showcasing the sunshine state’s best, the recently held QHA awards named The Star Gold Coast as Queensland’s most luxurious and prestigious place to stay and dine, hand picking The Star for two of the top awards.
The Star Gold Coast took out the award for Best Deluxe Accommodation while the onsite Japanese restaurant Kiyomi was awarded Best Prestige Restaurant. Having previously been known as Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino, the Gold Coast accommodation and entertainment megaplex began a transformation and revitalisation project that saw it rebranded as The Star. As the awards pile up, it suggests that the Gold Coast casino is back and better than ever.
The Star Entertainment Group Managing Director Queensland Geoff Hogg said the hotel has played a pivotal role in shaping the face of the Gold Coast for the past 32 years.
“We have committed to remaining true to our Coastal roots while continuing to bolster Queensland’s hospitality and tourism industries to ensure our state remains the premier tourism destination in Australia,” Mr Hogg said.
The recent refurbishment of The Star is one of the highest value and most comprehensive refurbishments to ever be undertaken in Australia. The QHA award of Best Deluxe Accommodation is the hotel’s first award win since the refurbishment was completed and is one that will be well celebrated. For multi-award winning Kiyomi, this is the second time in three years it has claimed the title of Best Prestige Restaurant, proving its cutting edge approach puts it at the top for Gold Coast restaurants.
The outstanding ‘Izakaya-style’ menu offers a unique experience that offers an inspired blend of Australian and Japanese flavours. Created by an extremely skilled and passionate team headed by internationally trained and world renowned chef Chase Kojima, the restaurant has consistently received industry praise, a number of awards and the prestigious one chef’s hat.
More than 424,940 man hours, 50,000 square metres of wallpaper and 180 kilometres of electrical cable all contributed to the revitalisation of 596 hotel rooms at The Star. Each room combines the ultimate in luxury and coastal elegance with no expense spared on electronics. Guests can customise everything from the temperature and lighting all the way through to the drapery and service preferences.
There’s also the ‘cloud’ mattress topper and specially designed pillow menu for a superior night’s sleep. Exclusive to The Star Entertainment Group properties, guests are also treated to an array of luxurious bath products by leading International brand L'Occitane.
“We really wanted the refurbished rooms to be a place where guests could feel at home, while also experiencing the luxury of a five-star hotel and the excitement of being on holidays, so it’s fantastic to see that recognised by the peak industry body for the hotel and hospitality industries in Queensland” Mr Hogg said.