Pros

  • Across from Manly Beach
  • All rooms have big furnished balconies, some with ocean views
  • Apartments with kitchenettes and washing machines available
  • Two outdoor pools and a whirlpool
  • Meeting rooms and outdoor event spaces
  • Privately owned on-site beach restaurant
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Cons

  • Removed from central Sydney attractions
  • Fees for Wi-Fi, parking, and breakfast
  • No gym
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Bottom Line

Right across from the southern part of Manly Beach, The Sebel is an upscale, family-friendly boutique hotel. Guests can choose from spacious, modern rooms with minibars and balconies, and self-contained apartments with kitchenettes and laundry rooms. This 83-room, two-tower property offers two outdoor pools and a whirlpool, and there's a privately owned restaurant on-site offering beachside dining. Parking and Wi-Fi cost extra, and there's no gym, though guests can use facilities at the sister hotel, Novotel, a few minutes' walk up the road; daily exercisers may prefer to stay at Novotel, which has its own restaurant and lobby bar, in addition to an enormous fitness center. 

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

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The Sebel Manly Beach

Scene

Family-friendly boutique hotel spread over two towers

Although it looks small at first glance, the Sebel Manly Beach is spread over two modern, white-and-gray concrete towers -- the North Tower and the South Tower -- and has 83 rooms in total. There are pine trees out front, and a neatly kept brick sidewalk; guests with small children and lots of luggage should note that there are several steps leading up to the entrance. The lobby is a simple space with rust-colored granite floors, white walls, and little decor save for a few black-cushioned chairs, a mirror, a photo print of a Manly Beach scene, and a surfboard hung decoratively over the dark-wood laminate front desk. There are also an ATM off to one side, and a computer terminal, but it's not much of a place to congregate. Although the hotel has some business facilities -- namely meeting rooms -- its beachside location, large rooms, and self-contained apartments make it more suited towards vacationers, particularly families. 

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Location

On the southern end of Manly Beach in Northern Sydney

As its name suggests, The Sebel Manly Beach is located in Manly, a beachside suburb in Northern Sydney. The hotel itself is right across the street from the southern end of the beach, and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants within walking distance. While the area is relaxed, it may not be ideal for those wanting to spend most of their time visiting urban attractions. Ferries depart from Manly Wharf, a seven-minute walk away, and it's a half-hour boat ride to Circular Quay, a good jumping-off point for reaching some of Sydney's main sights, including Sydney Opera House and The Rocks neighborhood. The hotel is about a 20-minute drive from Taronga Zoo, and about 35 to 45 minutes' drive from Bondi Beach. Sydney's Central Business District is a 30-minute drive without the typical heavy traffic, and can take up to an hour during rush hour. The airport is about 45 minutes' drive. 

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Rooms

Modern, bright rooms and suites; some with multiple bedrooms and kitchenettes

The Sebel has 83 rooms in six categories, ranging from Superior Rooms (all in the South Tower) to Two-Bedroom Ocean View Apartments. All rooms are air-conditioned and have flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, glass-doored minibars, and safes (which may be difficult to reach, on high closet shelves). Each room also has a spacious balcony furnished with a small, wood table and two chairs -- some overlook the ocean. Superior Family Rooms have two bedrooms, while One- and Two-Bedroom Ocean View Apartments have separate living areas, kitchenettes, and closets with washing machines and utility sinks. Decor is consistent throughout, and is simple but modern: off-white walls, light-wood furniture, and textiles and carpeting in grays and beiges, including some tasteful prints. Artwork is limited, and dominated by framed black-and-white nature photography. Bathrooms have big vanities with vessel sinks and granite countertops, and have glassed-in walk-in showers. 

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Features

Meeting rooms, laundry, two pools, and a privately owned on-site restaurant

The hotel offers bright meeting rooms, one with space for up to 180 people; some have views of Manly Beach, though the faux-zebra-skin upholstery in one room may not suit all business travelers. Wi-Fi is available for a fee, as is indoor parking. There's a single computer for guest use in the lobby. Other facilities include free guest laundry machines (for those who don't have machines in their units) that are stocked with detergent and fabric softener. The hotel has two pools, one for each tower. The small North Tower pool has a brick-red tile patio, and furnished pavilion. The South Tower pool is a bit swankier, with a white-stone patio and hexagonal whirlpool. The privately owned Manly Wine is situated on the hotel premises, has beautiful ocean views, and offers a raw seafood bar and an extensive wine list; it's open for breakfast every morning, and reopens again for lunch, staying open until midnight. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Free Breakfast

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Tennis Court

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