Q Station has the novelty of being historical - the accommodation buildings that stand today are where the 'healthy' passengers lived back in the days when ship passengers were quarantined in Sydney for Spanish influenza.
It's also set within Sydney Harbour National Park, which means it's peaceful, yet at the same time it offers some lovely harbour views. Just not so much from our room though.
Having paid for a deluxe 'harbour view' room, we could see the harbour, but it wasn't as good a view as from other buildings located much closer to the coastline, which made me feel a little ripped off considering we'd paid a premium for harbour views.
The room also afforded little privacy, and our 'balcony' was more like a shared use patio - it ran the whole length of the building with only short dividers separating each room's section. This also means guests can walk straight past your 'section' of the balcony while you're sitting outside relaxing or while you're inside your own room, meaning you had to have the curtains closed while you were in your room if you wanted privacy, otherwise other guests could easily have a sneak peek at what's inside!
The room also had no air-con, just a ceiling fan which meant a not-so-comfortable night's sleep given the hot weather during our stay. I assume this has to do with the rooms being in a heritage building though, so it's understandable. Still, I'd definitely recommend you book your stay when the weather's not so hot.
It was about a 5min walk from our room to Quarantine Beach (a relatively quiet, small beach) and the Boilerhouse Bar and Restaurant (setting was lovely, service good, food was average). To get there though, we had to go down (then back up!) the biggest amount of steps I've ever seen (it used to be a funicular). We wanted the exercise so we were fine with it, but of course you can just use the free shuttle bus service if you're feeling lazy :)
The ghost tour is worth doing too... unfortunately I didn't see or feel anything paranormal when I did it... but it's worth it just for the tour of the area and the history lesson you'll get from the knowledgeable guides... and of course, you just never know your luck on the night! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on North Head at Manly, Q Station offers unparalleled sweeping views of Sydney Harbour from Manly back towards the City and South Head. With over 70 buildings spread across 33 hectares, bring your walking shoes with you. We offer a shuttle service on site as no private vehicles are given access - so leave your vehicle at our carpark, jump on board and relax. Whilst here we'd recommend that you visit our Luggage Store Visitor Centre Cafe & Museum, as well as the Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant & Bar - both areas are very popular here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- q Station Hotel Manly