If you live in Sydney and you are looking for a staycation, or live interstate or overseas, Novotel Manly Pacific Hotel is somewhere you should consider when looking for accommodation in Sydney. I get so excited when I can share great accessible accommodation. Manly has much to offer visitors with lovely accessible beach walks and close access to Sydney’s CBD.
Last weekend I headed to the hotel with my Mum, Dad and AJ for the night. Hubby and BJ were both busy and it seemed like a nice way to spend Mother’s Day with my Mum.
Novotel Manly Pacific hotel is located opposite Manly Beach and a block from Manly’s shopping precinct, The Corso. A wide level concrete boardwalk runs along the top of the beach providing a lovely easy beachside walk.
FAMILY ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION
I was stunned at the spacious accessible accommodation in this room.
There is a king size zipper bed (can become twin beds) and a double bed in this room. The staff advised they can remove one bedside table to make transferring to the bed from either side possible.
I love that this room also has an interconnecting room which you can book if you are travelling with a large family or carer.
All appliances and light switches are lowered in this room and did I mention it is spacious?
The bathroom has grab rails throughout and also has a spacious layout.
There is roll-in shower with a flip-down seat.
The wash basin is wheelchair accessible with lever taps.
TWIN ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION
For two people travelling together this room is perfect. It has a king zipper bed with ample room either side for a wheelchair transfer.
Everything in this room is lowered and accessible for wheelchair users.
This bathroom is fully accessible with grab rails throughout, access to the wash basin, lever taps and all facilities lowered.
The shower is roll-in with a flip-down shower seat.
I thoroughly recommend booking a package with breakfast. The buffet breakfast was popular with our whole family. My favourite is always the opportunity to have a cooked to order omlette and my Dad loved the pastries.
AJ is a big fan of the make-your-own pancakes. She first tried this at the Novotel in Canberra and was thrilled to find the same facility at the Manly Pacific.
The Novotel Manly Pacific has a relaxed vibe reflective of the beach setting. Walking into the reception area kids immediately will feel welcome with a kid’s corner with books, drawing and blocks available. There was even free plaster painting on the day we arrived.
For teens, or Grandpas who are young at heart, there is table tennis on the ground floor.
OCEAN VIEW NON-ACCESSIBLE ROOM
Travelling without BJ on this occasion meant we stayed in a non-accessible room. I always like to share these as I know our readers have a variety of needs and not everyone needs an accessible room.
We stayed in a double queen bedded room. The view is stunning from this room but there is definitely not room for easy wheelchair access and the shower is over the bath. For our purposes this room was perfect for our weekend getaway and much time was spent on the verandah watching the ocean.
There is limited parking onsite on a first come basis. There are disabled parking bays. Parking at the time of writing is $30 per night.
The only area of the hotel which we found inaccessible is the pool area. There is a flight of stairs up to the pool area.
It’s always hard to drag yourself out of bed (and the Novotel beds are particularly comfy) but sunrise on Manly Beach is definitely worth it.
In Manly it feels like you can walk forever on wheelchair accessible paths. Along with the walk along the beach there is a wonderful walk from Manly to Shelley Beach which I recommend. You can read all about it here.
The ferry to Circular Quay is a short 10 minute walk or wheel from the hotel. The ferry ride into the city is about 30 minutes.
As we were only staying in the hotel for one night, we wanted to make the most of being in our room so we had room service. Room service had a light snacks menu which is reasonably priced and really delicious. I can recommend the club sandwich.
If you are looking for a variety of dining options, Manly has plenty of choice with an array of restaurants, take-away stores and a Coles Supermarket.
There is an inclusive playground one block from the hotel called North Steyne Playground. I will write about this in full soon.
Manly Surf Life Saving Club has a beach wheelchair available to loan for use on Manly Beach. It is an older style chair but there is a way to access the beach if staying in the area (you can see a photo of the beach wheelchair here.)
Disclosure – I received a media rate for my stay at Novotel Manly Pacific but as always my enthusiasm is based on the facilities available not the rate!
For more information on the Novotel Manly Pacific you can check their website here.
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