We visited Q-Station for one night in October and really enjoyed our stay. We have glamped at Cockatoo Island where we got a taste for Sydney's historical harbour stays so went looking for a similar experience and weren't disappointed.
We took a lovely harbour view room with a separate but private bathroom which didn't bother us. We loved the big, shared verandah and the guest lounge.
It's difficult to find a hotel that sleeps 2 adults and 2 kids without added costs, but the kids were able to sleep on the sofa bed in the suite which is in a separate room to the bedroom.
The kids loved the grounds and the beach is lovely. If you can't handle the stairs back from the beach you can order a shuttle bus although when we were there it took a long time to arrive after it was ordered. We also didn't mind making our way up the stairs.
The history of the place is evident everywhere which appeals to us.
The location is simply beautiful.
We didn't like the awful pictures on the shuttle bus windows of ghosts and creepy looking people as we couldn't see the grounds as we drove through them. We didn't take the ghost tours as doesn't make me feel comfortable when a money is made out of the misery of others. I wouldn't mind if it was sold as an historical night tour.
Some of the drivers who are allowed into the area drove around at great speeds, almost hitting me and the kids on the way around a blind corner with his music blasting so loudly he didn't hear us yell. What a shame to allow this when it's otherwise such a peaceful place and where you'd hope kids could run around freely. I think they need to sort this out.
It would be great if breakfast was included in the cost - you have to pay extra for this. Does it really cost that much to put on a simple breakfast for all guests to enjoy?
To summarize: We really loved staying here and in fact are returning soon for 2 nights with our guests from abroad so obviously we would recommend it to everyone young and old. This time rather than driving we will take the ferry on the Eco Hopper from Watson's bay which goes via Manly. When we check out we'll take the kids to Manly waterworks slides and the aquarium. Last time we did a lovely walk in the national park and the walk from Manly to Shelly beach is also worthwhile if you have extra time.
Come and enjoy!
- 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