Manly Beach Hotels: Find The Best Manly Hotel For You

So, you’re thinking about staying at Manly and you’re wondering which of the Manly Beach hotels will suit you best. Let me show you around this gorgeous Sydney suburb and its excellent places to stay.

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Staying at one of the best Manly Beach hotels is a HUGE family treat – especially when it has a rooftop pool like the Novotel!!

Why do I recommend staying at Manly when visiting Sydney with kids?  Because there are so many cool things to do there, including plenty of beaches to choose from.  The ferry makes a trip to Sydney city centre easy and there are also delightful places to venture forth further up the Northern Beaches. 

Now, this post is all about finding the Manly beach hotel which will suit you best. But there are lots of other Manly accommodation options, including apartments, beach house and serviced apartments. You can read about Manly holiday apartments and Manly apartment hotels on this post.

I’m going to list all the best hotels in Manly, starting with the ones that I love best. Yes, I am being shamelessly biased! Having visited Manly for more than 30 years and having lived very close to Manly for more than 10 years, I do know it well. We’ve stayed in several of these hotels ourselves on our Sydney staycations. 

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The very classy Sebel, close to the Surf Club and beach flags at the south end of Manly beach

The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach

8-13 South Steyne, Manly  NSW 2095 

The reason I put this hotel top of the list is simply location, location, location… and also views, views, views.  The Sebel is tucked in the corner at South Steyne, the main Manly Beach. It’s close to the Manly Surf Life Saving Club where the daily swimming group leaves from for their 7am swims to Shelly Beach and back.

The Manly Wine Restaurant Bar has streetside seating and kiosk where I have enjoyed many a post-swim coffee with a view. The restaurant there does excellent breakfasts, and the VIEWS over the oceans are wonderful.

I’m sure that lunches and dinners are terrific here too but am yet to have the pleasure. 

Myself and my husband stayed at the Sebel for a pre-baby staycation on my last pregnancy, I got to enjoy the view from the balcony a great deal as I was sleepless with discomfort from those naughty twins. 

The Sebel offers both rooms and apartments with kitchenettes, the latter excellent for longer stays and for any family. There’s a family suite with a bedroom with twin beds plus a main living area with a queen bed. There’s also a large balcony. But no kitchenette – madness!

The one bedroom apartments can sleep four people, with a king bed (can be two king singles) plus a sofa bed lounge. 

There are two smallish outdoor pools, good to jump into after getting all sandy at the beach. 

Check dates and prices for the Sebel Manly on here.

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I LOVE having a coffee or brekkie with a view at Manly Wine, part of the same building as the Sebel
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The early morning views from Manly Wine are just breathtaking

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Iconic Manly beach views from the Novotel room balcony

The Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific 

55 North Steyne, Manly, NSW 2095

The Novotel on Manly Beach is probably a touch more family-friendly than the Sebel, the pool is excellent and they have kids play areas, as do all Novotels. There are extra kids activities in school holidays and beach toys and boogie boards can be borrowed. The Novotel is between the surf clubs at South Steyne and North Steyne, meaning you need to walk left or right to find a beach area with flags and lifeguards, however it is not far at all.

The Corso is a similarly short walk away, and the ferry terminal is about a 15 – 20 minute walk. 

Read our full review from a stay at the Novotel Manly Pacific here.  

Check Manly Novotel dates and prices on here. 

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A rooftop pool with a view at the Novotel Manly Pacific

Manly apartment hotels

Quest Manly

54A West Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095 

If you are looking for more of an apartment hotel and prefer to be on the Sydney Harbour side, near the ferry then Quest Manly is for you.  There are studio apartments which sleep three people and one bedroom apartments which sleep four, both having beds and sofa beds. There is also one 2-bedroom apartment.

All rooms and apartments have a kitchenette or kitchen, free wifi, laundry and balcony. There’s a gym and sauna in the building and paid parking onsite. 

Quest Manly is just across the road from Manly Wharf where the ferries arrive and there are dozens of eateries right there too. 

Check dates and availability at Quest Manly on here.


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Manly Paradise Motel + Apartments

Back on the ocean side of Manly you’ll find the Manly Paradise Motel and Apartments, with a wide variety of room and apartment types. You can stay in a double room or in two or three-bedroom apartments, sleeping up to six people. The apartments have a kitchen and laundy and two bathrooms. 

You’ll find a small rooftop pool and sundeck, private balconies overlooking Manly Beach and plenty of eateries beside the hotel. The Corso is just a few steps away. 

Check out dates and prices on here.


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Stepping back in time at Q Station

Q Station Manly

If you like a serving of history with your hotel, you can stay just outside Manly’s main hub at the beautiful old Quarantine Station. This is a really special place, with a museum and ghost tours as well as a wide variety of interesting rooms and houses.

Read our full review of a stay at Q Station here to see whether this would work well for your family.

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Q Station Manly, a very special historic place to stay in Manly… and yes, there’s a beach there too!


Finding Manly Hotel Deals

I find that doing a search on the Hotels Combined website is a great way to find the best deals. So if price is the crucial factor for you, just use the box below and hunt out some great Manly accommodation deals. 


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  1. says: Juliet

    I did a pregnancy pre-baby Manly staycation too! – at the Novotel. We had some hiccups with the place though (door swipe card never worked which is a pain when you’re heavily pregnant) and the rooftop small pool (always full of kids) was a wee bit disappointing. Think we’ll try the Sebel next!

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Hello Juliet, yes, I think that the Sebel would be better than the Novotel if you’d like to have a quieter and more adult time. And I am now mad about the restaurant there, Manly Wine, fan for breakfast, just the best views! Our older boys stayed with friends that night, it was a moment of peace in an otherwise child-centred and noisy life…. I think I need another stay there now!!!

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