The Best Hotels in Manly, Sydney

You wont have to decide between sunbathing at the beach or pool in Manly, with many hotels and places to stay offering both within walking distance
You won't have to decide between sunbathing at the beach or pool in Manly, with many hotels and places to stay offering both within walking distance | Courtesy of Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

Hop on the ferry from the Sydney Central Business District and the pace of life slows as soon as you alight in chilled-out Manly. Famous for its excellent surf, this cool coastal enclave is packed with top restaurants, welcoming pubs, pavement cafes and a sandy beach you’ll never want to leave. Venture further from the water and you’ll discover clifftop trails to hidden coves, a thriving music scene and a scenic walkway for wildlife watching. Choose one of these best hotels in Manly and you can enjoy it all.

1. The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach for beachfront dining and outdoor pools


View of angular swimming pool and marble tiles with sun loungers at The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach
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As if it’s not enough to have world-famous Manly Beach steps away, the Sebel has two outdoor pools to soak up the Australian sun without going anywhere. It’s worth leaving your lounger to visit the on-site Manly Wine restaurant though – famous for its breakfast pancakes – as it serves food all day with beach views, live entertainment and a fantastic local wine list.

2. Feel truly at home in the Quest Manly apartments

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Simplistic monotone living room with balcony overlooking the ocean in Quest Manly apartments
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Holidays don’t have to mean a cramped hotel room. Directly opposite the Manly Ferry and close to the Q Station and Manly Beach, this property has 53 serviced apartments including studios and one and two-bedroom apartments perfect for families or friends travelling together. They’ll even fill your fridge before checking in if you ask. Just be sure to request a room with views of Sydney Harbour if you can.

3. Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park for nature walks, ghost tours and live music


Relaxed double bedroom with white wood panelled walls and double doors outside at Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park
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Accommodation in Manly doesn’t get more unique than this former Quarantine Station on a hillside on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Now transformed into a sprawling National Park retreat, rooms available include former officers’ cottages, family-sized rooms once used as doctors’ quarters and retreat suites in the former Isolation Precinct. Unexpected extras include kayak hire, history and ghost tours, a free quarantine-themed museum and concerts on the lawn.

4. Stoke Beach House for yoga lovers, surfer and solo travellers


Bright and airy room at Stoke Beach House with wicker chairs, green and leather chairs and arches into cosy teal room with sofa
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Whether you’re in town to surf or passing through alone, Stoke Beach House treats every guest like a member of the family. With both shared and private rooms available, there’s also a yoga studio, in-house bar, picture house and kitchen everyone can use. Plus there are surfboards, bikes and snorkels for whenever you want to get out and make the most of Manly’s beaches and trails.

5. Enjoy a rooftop swimming pool and plenty of space at Manly Paradise Motel and Apartments


View of swimming pool overlooking pine trees and ocean at Manly Paradise Motel & Apartments

Locations don’t get much better than at this boutique motel and serviced apartment building right in the centre of Manly – on the beach. All the area’s best shops, restaurants and bars are right on the doorstep but if you prefer to stay put, opt to lounge by the rooftop swimming pool and private sundeck so you can enjoy the rays in style. The accommodation comes in the form of contemporary motel rooms or two and three-bed apartments.

6. Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific for Japanese street food and modern rooms


Simple double bedroom with wooden headboard and floral quilt, with balcony overlooking pine trees and the ocean at Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific_a8a5a5bd
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You won’t need to wander the streets looking for a decent restaurant if you check in here for your visit to Manly. The budget hotel overlooking Manly Beach has two restaurants to suit all cravings. For casual dining and local seafood, head to Bistro Manly while Daniel San Restaurant serves Japanese street food with ocean views. Upstairs, there are 213 minimalist, modern rooms, many of which have private balconies.

7. Enjoy a home from home in Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments

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Bright and airy living room with sand coloured interiors and balcony at Manly Surfside Holiday Apartments
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Staying a while or just want a little more room on holiday? This selection of apartments in prime waterfront locations in Manly is the perfect solution. Ranging from standard one-bedroom units to luxury three-bedroom suites, all have balconies, laundry facilities and fully equipped kitchens so you can save cash and cook for yourself. To secure the best views, choose a penthouse property for the wraparound floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the ocean.

8. Heart of Manly in the Perfect Spot for a rooftop terrace and your own kitchen


View of rooftop swimming pool overlooking the town and ocean during sunset at Heart of Manly in the Perfect Spot apartment
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If you want to maximise time on the beach, this apartment building on Sydney Road will make it easy to get up and go. These two-bedroom properties both have separate dining areas and kitchens stocked with fridges, hobs and microwaves so you can grab a quick breakfast and hit the surf. There are also laundry facilities to keep your beach gear clean and even a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool for al fresco drinks any time.

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