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Manly Astra Backpackers Hostel
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Manly Astra Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #12 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Manly
Reviewed 24 February 2014

This place has a totally relaxed and fun environment. My time spent was so positive! The people were friendly and engaging, the space was well-kept, and the location is a great reflection of all the beauty of Australia!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

Love it
All anyone needs to know

The people and atmosphere are to be beat
The service and knowledgable staff will make your travel experience easier than previously planned

Best times through and through. Close to amenities and fun ;)
Dont feel bad after a night of drunkeness lol

Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
Thank Jesse L
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

came for a visit enjoyed the scenery and the people wont forget it there deffiently going to come back next yeah the rooms are pretty nice the staff were great and it felt like home i would reccomend this hostel to anyone

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Jake P
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Stayed here for 6 weeks with my girlfriend, we had a massive room with window for a very good price. Nearly all the rooms are doubles, and few singles so its not a hostel full of dorms and idiots, its mostly couples.
Kitchen is good, no oven, but 8 burners and cupboard/fridge/freezer space for each room, kitchen and outdoor courtyard close at 10pm so no noise from late night cooking/smoking/partying.
Location is perfect, 2 minutes walk to beach, 5 minutes to Coles, Ferry terminal and all the bars, or in the other direction a Harris Farm market (amazing food) just 10 mins walk. Gym and two really nice cafe's accross the road. Tennis courts 1 minutes walk.
Bed was comfy, room had mirror, drawers, desk and clothes storage etc.
The owner is really nice and will make sure your stay here is a good one!
We'll be back :)

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms at the back of the house stay super cool in the summer.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

I haven't stayed in a backpackers before but because we were staying in Manly for over 2 weeks this seemed like an excellent budget way to stay at a good cost. I was very pleased that we'd chosen the Astra. Our room was clean and pleasant and the other facilities, though basic of course, were totally acceptable. While we were there people stuck to the rules about tidying up after themselves most of the time and so there was no problem using the kitchen or with storing our food there. The location is good too, about 5 mins walk from the beach and bars,shops, restaurants. Manly ferry is 10-15 minutes walk away and there's also a bus stop almost right outside. If I go back to Manly this'll be my first choice for accommodation again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

this place in very nice, clean friendly ,and home feeling nice kitchen and back yard and as is for couples only makes it very romantic I will take my honeymoon there when I will get married and have the manager be my best man

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank mazara1
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

We are long term travelers with basic needs - general level of cleanliness and enough space for our (minimal) stuff. This place was the cheapest we could find that still had good reviews, however I have two things to say here. First, it is still quite expensive (at least for us). Second, as another reviewer mentioned the management has changed since all those old (and really good) reviews were written.

This is not a party hostel, and that was great for us. All rooms are singles or doubles, and all share bathrooms. The nice thing about our room was that the bed was clean and comfortable, and there are several shelves, tables, and hangers - oh and a desk(!). None of this matches or anything like that, but I hope you weren't expecting it...we were excited to have it. The bad thing is that is feels damp and a bit moldy. In fact the whole house has this feeling.

The kitchen has all necessary dishes and pots, but we found ourselves waiting to cook or eat at the 4-6 person table quite often. (Yet we never had to wait for a bathroom or shower.) Each room is allocated shelf space and fridge space for food. It seems like a good system though someone did mention they had stuff stolen.

There are rules posted around about cleaning up after yourself. It is a bit odd, but probably a few bad travelers ruined it for the rest of us.

The toilets and showers are a bit weird in that they open right to the hostel (not sectioned off into a larger bathroom type area) so if you do anything personal in there it will be hear. Also, you'll need to dress/undress in the shower itself.

The guy running the place now is quite friendly, but he does disappear at times. It is understandable that he has a life...or even just has to run out for groceries. But the front door is locked and more than once new guests showed up and because we were in the first room we had to open the door. Luckily we also had a local sim for our cell and could call the manager for the new guests. Another time someone locked themselves out of their room and we called for that person...but they were basically out of luck until the manager returned.

The location is great. Five minutes to the beach. Ten minutes to the main pedestrian area of Manly. Fifteen minutes to the ferry; and a 30 minute ferry ride to Sydney.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 68 Pittwater Rd, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Manly > Manly
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Ranked #12 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Manly
Price Range: £44 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)

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