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Manly National Apartments
Ranked #6 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Manly
Reviewed May 27, 2013

My partner and I stayed at Manly National Apartments in April 2013 while relocating to Sydney. It was the most terrible place we have ever stayed.

Photos on the website are misleading of the quality, and fit out of the rooms, as are the manager's recommendations if you call. Apartments are sparse and very basic. Advertised queen beds are king-single sized...double if you are really lucky. Oven and stovetop are from the 80s and don't work. The kitchen sink will accommodate a single plate during washing up and not more. Worse still is the rangehood that spews cooking smoke back into the room.

A permanent musty smell of cigarets and alcohol permeates the building, and locks on your door are feeble at best. Cockroaches are rife, and be careful you don't step on the rats as you walk out the door to the street.

Walls are hollow, so be prepared to become good friends with the neighbours. Towels are old. Bathroom has no fan.

You may speak with Tanya - if you have a complaint be prepared for her to treat you like a scolded 5 year old. We requested being transferred to a room that met what was described to us when booking - namely a queen bed and full kitchen. We were actually told to stop being juvenile and she would only meet these requirements if we coughed up substantially more cash.

I would never recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank Lauren K
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Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Got a week through timeshare
Thank goodnees not paying.
No one here to let us in. Maintenance
Man did that. No spare key so attached to each other all week as you need swipe key to get back in.
Apartment old and sparsely appointed- just the bare necessities. Towels etc well worn.
Noise is terrible as place surrounded by car parks and drunks can be heard until 3-4 am in the mornings.
Location is handy to town.
Very limited water view in distance.
It's been ok but certainly wouldn't ever come back.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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2  Thank CarolynTA
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

I booked this propoerty through stayz for 3 nights and had the most wonderful time!
Perfect location for exploring Manly, great sized bedrooms and amazing living area.
Bathroom a little on the small side, although very functional. Kitchen also stocked and presented well. Felt very comfortable in this space.
Would highly recommend to anyone for a Manly visit!!!!
Overall a great time.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Nicole K
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

I booked this through RCI. The hallways to the unit look like a scene out of the original Star Wars movie and smelled of cigarette smoke. The unit was small in size but functional. The bathroom was small yet recently updated. More so the the rest of the unit. The location was perfect!! It was located a block from the beach and right on the corso. Just know that you will not be the only one staying there, there are cockroaches everywhere! Be sure to leave you suitcase zipped up at all times so that you don't bring any critters home with you! Also don't be surprised if the manager "Collin" just Walks in unannounced and doesn't bother to knock before he enters. That happened twice!

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
1  Thank dakotakly
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

I booked this flat through Manly appartments . com and their recomendation was very good. Its the 2nd time I use this agency and they are good. We wanted a flat for my parents taht had all modcon but no carpart, either wodden floor or tiles and a sea view. The flat met all these criterias and they loved it. The National appartment building is very central so it was easy for them to go around Manly and eat out. All in all good experience. A bit expensive per night but we were in full season so I expected that.

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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank bambasydney
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Reviewed April 14, 2011

My husband and I were very disappointed in the Manly Appartments as they had looked very good on the internet. Although we expected to pay an extra premium for being close to Sydney Harbour, we did not expect the poor value for money we received. The apartment was in dire need of re-decoration (the carpet, which was beige, had numerous stains) and the bedroom did not have air conditioning. The smell of stale cooking was nauseating. If you are thinking of a short term rent then this in a DEFINATE NO! - too expensive. We received much better value in Queensland for under half the prive.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Emma E
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Reviewed January 19, 2010

Manly National is an oldish apartment building located above the post office one block back from the beach. The ocean views from the 8th and 9th floors are good, minimal views from the 6th or 7th floors due to building between the site and the ocean. It is very central to all the fabulous, numerous eateries, beach and shops in Manly, and a short walk from the Manly Ferry to Sydney city. The rooms are self catering with no room service. Local restaurants will home deliver. The main office closes at 5pm, more like an appartment block than a hotel, but a great place to stay for 2 people. The self catering units are small but fine for 2. Two other people can sleep on the fold out sofa beds in the lounge room, linen is provided. You do not need a car to get to the city, the public bus service is good and the ferry is a lovely way to get to the city.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Pat S
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Address: 22 Central Ave, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Manly > Manly
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Ranked #6 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Manly
Hotel Class:3 star — Manly National Apartments 3*
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