Having stayed in the Sebel hotel for 3 days last week, and then come back for more, I can say that this place is lovely. The first room we stayed in was on the 3rd floor (343) in the south tower. It was nice and large with a big bed (which was twin pushed together but you wouldn't notice) and great view from the balcony through the buildings to the beach. The bed was great, the view was great and the room was lovely.
The second room (516) (that I am writing this from) is smaller, and faces onto the road at the back, there is a small glimpse of the sea, but not as good as last room. The bed is twin beds pushed together again, unfortunately they are a slightly different size which makes canoodling difficult with the bloke ;-). Avoid this room if you can I just don't like it.
The bathrooms in both were nice and spacious and they also provide conditioner which is a welcome addition and unfortunately not offered in lots of hotels.
Staff are lovely but a little useless with organising stuff (I think reception have to do it all) so I would recommend popping to the pacific and using their conceirge service.
In the middle we stayed at the Manly pacific which my boyfriend preferred, but I would say that the Sebel is nicer if only because of the lovely balconies. The manly pacific is cheaper but I don't like not being able to get outside so make sure you request a room with a balcony and view.
The Sebel is overpriced, but I thought it was slightly nicer and more 'boutiquey' - my BF liked the pacific because the room we had was huge and the beds were larger and more comfortable which makes a difference when you are over 6 ft.
The food in the Sebel is mainly fish and the in room dining is nothing special, but it has a nice bar/eating area where beautiful people hang out. The manly pacific salad (with lebanese cucumbers) was amazing... go to the pacific and try this if you stay at the Sebel.
TIP: beach towels are provided by reception to sign out next to the internet station which is 10usd (which is a cheaper alternative to the one in your room which is 20usd per day!!) If you walk to the library which is just off the corso about 5 mins away the internet is only 1.10usd.
TIP2: take advantage of your jet lag and time difference and get up to the see the sun raise over the hill at the top of shelley beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting a fantastic location at the southern end of Sydney’s famed Manly Beach, The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach is just steps away from some of the very best boutiques, restaurants and entertainment venues in the region! The hotel embodies the relaxed sophistication for which this part of the world is known for. Whether you take a stroll along Manly Beach, soak in the sun at one of our two outdoor pools, or sample the dining at Manly Wine, your next stay at The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach is sure to be memorable. Directly across from the beach, this modern oceanfront hotel is an 8-minute walk from Manly Wharf ferry terminal and an 11-minute walk from the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Our rooms include balconies offering views over the Manly district or the ocean, feature flat-screen TVs, individual climate control and tea and coffee making facilities. Wired and wireless broadband available in guest rooms for additional cost. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sebel Manly Beach Hotel Manly
- Sebel Manly Beach Sydney
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