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“Very friendly staff, convienient to surf. Not great value though.” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Manly Bunkhouse
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Manly
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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64 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Very friendly staff, convienient to surf. Not great value though.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

Firstly let's say, Manly is not a cheap suburb to holiday. In general a "normal" studio type room will easily be $200+ /night. So the price at manly bunk house is obviously a lot cheaper at $100/night in a private room. The problem is though that these rooms only have the absolute basics, a bed, a sink, a shower (which you should probably wear thongs in, due to lack of cleaning) and a steel frame for hanging stuff on. Holes in the walls should be fixed and a few upgrades to the bathroom would be great. Everyone is really friendly though and if you spend all your time at the beach it's not bad.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BH3surf
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Manly_Bunkhouse, Manager at Manly Bunkhouse, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback.

Improvement on the rooms are on our list :-)
Last week we have changed lockers and wardrobes for beautiful brand new ones in all rooms :)

We wish you a safe trip in our beautiful country and hope to see you soon again.

Best regards,
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Worcester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

The hostel is an extra 5 minute walk up Pittwater road out of Manly and even if your carrying a large bag/backpacks etc it is well worth the extra stroll! Its quieter without losing the feel of a hostel, you can still enjoy drinks in the garden area or common area without it being a party hostel, which is what I was looking for! Everything is cleaned daily (kitchen, bathrooms, TV area, hallways) the Staff are great and it is very safe to leave any belongings due to good lockers and staff always around!

I stayed for three weeks, while searching for permanent accommodation the area and the dutch influence at the place was great and every week a new group came in of around 20, as there is a Dutch backpackers association in the patio/courtyard area! I shared a four bed room each week with dutch and Swedish travellers and enjoyed it immensely and even though I was working all day I came home and joined in there antics some evenings!

Kitchen area is great with everything you need and they give you your own cutlery and crockery to keep for the week!

overall I recommend highly

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Manly_Bunkhouse, Manager at Manly Bunkhouse, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
Thank you for you for taking the time to leave a review! We appreciate your feedback.

We would love to have you here again!

Cheers,
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Manly, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

I am so impressed at how clean and enjoyable Manly Bunkhouse has become since my last stay.
The location is terrific and the service is friendly and helpful. With a 2 minute walk to the beach, 5 to great cafes and manly corso, what a great location. If this isn't enough they also provide FREE WI FI to all customers.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manly_Bunkhouse, Manager at Manly Bunkhouse, responded to this review, February 7, 2014
thank you for your review! , we appreciate your time and welcome you back when ever you wish :-)
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Nice enough rooms (stayed in a double room, with a single bunk bed, private shower, toilet, sink and fridge) that are basic, but clean. $90 for the double room wasn't outrageous, but the location hikes the price a bit.

Common areas are clean and well fitted out, with a tv room with comfortable couches, large kitchen table, fully equipped kitchen, bbq and outside area that can fit a large amount of people.

5 min walk to the beach and about a 10 min walk to the shops and Manly wharf. Quite a distance from Sydney CBD, but the ferry makes it a straightforward enough trip.

Recommend the Manly Bunkhouse if you are looking for a nice quiet stay in a good location.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank french_d_23
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Manly_Bunkhouse, Manager at Manly Bunkhouse, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you for your review!
We appreciate that you took the time to leave us your feedback :)

We hope you are enjoying your time in Australia and would love to have you here again!

Cheers,
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Had a great start in Australia here in Manly. This is for who likes to surf or just likes the peace en quiet. It is just minutes from the beach and half an hour to the city by ferry. There is a lot of beautiful nature around. Nice two person and four person dorms. Cleanness was oke but difficult because of all the bags lying around. Free internet in the front of the hostel is great. It takes a bit of time to get used to the kitchen which is not very large but you have on room refrigerator.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Janneke2014
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Manly_Bunkhouse, Owner at Manly Bunkhouse, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Dear Janneke,

Thank you for your time with us, the improvement for the rooms are on our list :-)
We wish you a safe trip in our beautiful country and hope to see you soon again.

best regard

Cathy Carney
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Manly, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

When i first arrived in australia i stayed For a week in the bunkhouse. The new management was just there and Had not yet changed that many rules. So the first week the atmosphere was pretty good and the location was good as well, being 300 meters from the beach.

After we came back from 3 months of traveling, everything had changed. There was nothing left of the atmosphere we were used to and the prices went through the roof as well. 38 dollars(!) for a dorm room and 90 dollars for a private room. For that kind of money you would expect tot get your room cleaned once in a while. Nut not once in a whole week did they clean the room!!

To make a long story short, dont go to manly bunkouse anymore. I suggest to go to manley backpackers instead, because the staff is that much friendlier and its cheaper as wel!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank jelle1
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TheBunkhouse-Manly, Manager at Manly Bunkhouse, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
We are sorry to hear that...
Manly Bunkhouse have rules and we are pretty strict with that.
You cannot bring extra guests in your room without being charged, you cannot throw your dirty dishes in the sink and walk out, you cannot make any noise after 10 pm etc.
We are sure you will understand.
We have competitive rates compared to other hostels in the region, our hostel is professionally cleaned every day and one of only hostel to offer unlimited Wi-Fi.
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Airlie Beach, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

It's is close to the beach, the rooms are tidy and you'll meet heaps of awesome people! I stayed here for almost a week (with the Australian Backpackers Jumbo) and I couldn't wished for a better start to begin the adventure Down under.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JoelleBrands
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Manly_Bunkhouse, Manager at Manly Bunkhouse, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback.

We hope you are enjoying your time in Australia and would love to have you here again!

Cheers,
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Property: Manly Bunkhouse
Address: 35 Pine St, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Manly > Manly
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Manly
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Manly Bunkhouse 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Manly Bunkhouse is a backpacker hostel situated in the heart of Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The Bunkhouse provides budget accommodation for students and travellers in a quiet beachside location. Each room has its own shower, toilet and kitchenette. Free WiFi Internet access is provided. The Bunkhouse has a clean, relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a large common room, commercial kitchen and an outdoor courtyard with BBQ facilities. The new French owner, Cathy Carney and her team speak fluent French, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish. Manly Bunkhouse is located only meters from one of Sydney’s finest beaches and a short walk to shops, coin-operated laundry, supermarkets, shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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