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“Backpacker room with the price of a hotel room”
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Manly Guest House
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Manly
Geneva
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“Backpacker room with the price of a hotel room”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

I stayed here three nights with my daughter as she has friends living in this area. There is not much choice in Manly. Our room is horrible, the curtains teared down, bed sheets were dirty and not ironed, bed is aged, table broken, it was so hot with no air cond but a tiny fan which doesn't even work probably, toilet and bathroom shared at the Corridor of other end, some people didnt even clean it after use. We were asked to give details of our credit card even the room has been fully paid via the Internet, the lady told us she will charge us if we broke something. It was hilarious as everything is broken in the room anyway! The rule is to check out at 10:00am otherwise you will be charged one extra night, literally there is no service. There is a common kitchen where you can cook while sharing with other tenants, it is ok if you are a backpacker and willing to pay for the price of a hotel room. It is simply over priced for what it offers. At least please IRON the bed sheet!! One only positive comment is the free wifi access.

Room Tip: There was no swimming pool, I cannot undo it while choosing this option by mistake
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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ManlyGuesthouse, General Manager at Manly Guest House, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
We are very sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us.

When the rooms are cleaned after a guest leaves, we routinely check that everything is in working order but after reading your comments, we double checked all fans and found them all to be working and also checked all curtains and they too were all hung properly. So far as claiming we have dirty sheets, this simply could not occur - all bed linen and towels are changed after each guest checks out. I further investigated your claim that we are priced as a hotel and in Manly, the cheapest hotel I could find on the internet was more than double our price. We do request a security deposit via credit card details or a cash deposit and this is standard throughout our industry and our recourse for any extras. Even rock stars have to pay for any damages or extra nights! We do not try to be a hotel, however, we do take pride in delivering clean and comfortable budget accommodation with friendly service.Yes, bathrooms and kitchen are shared with other guests, however, staff clean them every day and run spot checks throughout the day and evening. You are correct that we do not have a swimming pool but the beach is right across the road. You are also correct that we don't iron the sheets have or air conditioning. Sorry but that would really increase our costs and, therefore, tariff. Perhaps you would have been happier staying in a hotel but having said that, we are truly sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

This guesthouse is practically on the beach front. Great little find. After experiencing a night of hell in manly backpackers I booked in to the manly guesthouse with my boyfriend. We had never been so relieved. The place is cleaned daily from top to bottom. The staff are so friendly we felt extremely at home. We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to experience manly on a budget.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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ManlyGuesthouse, Manager at Manly Guest House, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us!
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Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

This was a great place to spend my first few nights in Australia. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, even gave us an ocean view room because of problems faced elsewhere. This place made me feel like home and welcome. Washrooms were very clean and I never waited to use one. The common areas were very clean and spacious. Free wifi. We even went back to this location to talk to staff members for recommendations and to use the computer. It just felt very homey and I'm looking forward to my next stay.

  • Stayed December 2012
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ManlyGuesthouse, Manager at Manly Guest House, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you for your great review, we are very pleased you liked it so much!
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Only stayed a week but was a fantastic place to stop, very friendly staff ,safe place to stay and a great place to meet people - and the location (being so close to the beach & accessible to circular quay) made the whole experience. The rooms were great for anyone staying on a budget with a tv and fridge and comfy bed and was good value for what you get for a place in manly- having free wifi is always a plus! Personally did not find the location loud at night. Was worried about a shared bathroom at first but it was great, very clean! Kitchen was clean and had all the appliances to cook a great meal if you wished. Would not hesitate to recommend to others travelling through Manly/Sydney.

Room Tip: The top floor has less wifi signal but probably quieter than lower floors
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManlyGuesthouse, Manager at Manly Guest House, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
We are very happy it was such a great experience for you to stay with us! Hope, to see you again in the future!
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Reviewed October 15, 2012 via mobile

I arrived a few days ago, staff are very helpful, everywhere is clean and showers are spot on! Everybody staying here is friendly and you can get a good nights sleep. I hope to stay for a few more weeks ! No regrets!!

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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ManlyGuesthouse, Manager at Manly Guest House, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
...and you did stay with us for "a few" more weeks!! It was a pleasure to have you, Sebastian! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Melissa and Stephanie who run this lovely guesthouse are themselves the warmest people you could ever meet. Therefore when you enter the place, straight away you feel relaxed, respected and it's easy to feel a kin to the whole environment. The rooms are well priced for what's included. We found everyday, the amenties to be of the highest hygenic standard. There's also an outdoor area for those who smoke or wish to chill out. Laundry facilities are of high standard and very economical to use. Having an absolutely ideal location with everything within 5 to 10 mins walk we found each and each night to be relaxed, spontaneous and romantic. Finally we would like to express our gratitude to Melissa and Stephanie. Plans to return are already on the agenda.

Room Tip: Check out room 12, you can watch the surfers ride in!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ManlyGuesthouse, Manager at Manly Guest House, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS GREAT REVIEW! :-)

You yourself were the loveliest people and we enjoyed so much having you stay with us!! Hope all is well down south and hopefully we will accommodate you again in the near future!
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I stayed here one night with my boyfriend after going out to dinner with a group of friends and having a drink.
This accommodation was very reasonably priced, the room we had was decent, it seemed to be recently renovated and clean, bathroom was reasonable size and also clean. The room also had a reasonable sized wardrobe with full length mirror which was great.
We didn't use the kitchen facilities however they also looked clean and quite new.

I would definitely stay here again or recommend it.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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ManlyGuesthouse, Manager at Manly Guest House, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
We really appreciate this great review and are glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Property: Manly Guest House
Address: 6 Steinton St, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Manly > Manly
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Manly
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Manly Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Manly Guest House offers the best value in budget accommodation in Manly, Sydney's most popular beachside suburb. Manly Guest House offers a homey atmosphere with private accommodation and shared facilities (kitchen and bathrooms). If you're a budget traveller looking for a clean, comfortable and cosy place that's close to the beach, then look no further. Manly Guest House is the ideal stop. ... more   less 
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