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Boardrider Hostel/Backpacker & Budget Motel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I had a late check-in which I confirmed with the hostel via email. The night manager made it sound like an inconvenience that I'd called to ask to be let in so I could check-in with him. I had booked a six bed mixed dorm but got shown to a room with more beds. The room was messy with everyone's stuff everywhere. There was a cat roaming around the room. The night manager then started to move someone's belongings off a bed saying that was my bunk (even though someone was clearly already in that bunk). He then changed his mind and took me to a different room (six bed like I had booked). When he came back with the bed sheets, I asked him where my pillow was. He looked around the room and took a pillow off another guest's bed and gave it to me. All of the lockers in the room had people's belongings in (obviously taken by longer term guests) so I had no where to put anything. The rooms and corridors were dirty. People's belongings were all over the place. I decided not to stay and booked Manly Backpackers for the night instead. I rang the night manager to let him know and then went to pick up my passport from him in his room. When I walked in a random girl had it in her hand looking through it. All in all - unprofessional and unorganised staff, poor cleanliness and somewhere I didn't even want to stay one night let alone three!

The first nice thing to mention is that - as a couple - you have the option to get a double bed in a dorm. Unfortunately the downside about our dorm was that it was inhabited by very messy people, the smell was awful! A lot of the "guests" live in the motel (they rent a bed) so it's easy for them to forget that there are guests too, sometimes... On a positive note, the location of the motel is perfect, so we didn't spend much time in our room (only to sleep). It's located next to Manly Beach and very close to the shops and ferry. The motel is big; there are many rooms, a huge living room + kitchen and many guests, so my advice is: please purchase more plates / cups / etc. because there's nowhere near enough for all the people! As a result, people take whatever they can find and so my personal thermos cup was taken and never returned... Also, there are zero drying towels, very annoying. The breakfast is free (bread, spreads, cereal, milk, coffee, tea) which is great, only I felt like no one was keeping track of the food available. Cornflakes without milk just isn't very tasteful! To end positive: the staff is very friendly and helpful. The guests are nice too, mostly surfer types.

The hostel is right on the heart of Manly in a pedestrian street so you don't have any car noise. The beach and everything you need (shop, restaurant, bar, cafe, library...) are just next door. The people are very friendly and welcoming. I was really surprised but the kitchen, the bathroom and the common room are cleaned several time a day. You know when you will arrive in this place but you don't know when you will leave. I definitely recommend Boardrider Backpacker for a short or long term stay.

I could meet good people from every different countries and had good times here. The location is perfect, they have a job centre where you can find a job, or work here in the hostel if wanted. I will miss the place!

The hostel is simple and perhaps could do with a little modernising but for the duration of my stay has been clean and generally tidy - there are people cleaning/tidying every few hours it seems! It's a great place to stay if you're a backpacker on a budget, especially with the weekly price deals, and as they have their own dedicated job centre for guests it's awesome for finding work in the Manly area. It literally takes two minutes to walk to the beautiful Manly beach and you can even see the ocean from some of the rooms and from the common area balcony. This is an amazing place to make friends with a relaxed and sociable atmosphere throughout the place (and the rooftop bar is very cool). Overall, I would definitely recommend this hostel for laid-back, sociable backpackers looking for friends, work and a beachfront lifestyle.

My first ever review because this is the first hostel to feel like "home". If you're after a relaxed and community/family feel to your stay then you will love Boardrider. Everyone is so welcoming, from the staff to the backpackers. There's definitely a feeling of trust as the staff don't shoo you out of the communal areas (like in other hostels at 10pm) so night owls like meeee are free to chill and socialise as late as you wish. The TV area is massive with loads of sofas for movie nights (free popcorn yeahhh!), or you can chill on the rooftop or balcony. Like I said, the community vibe is a massive plus and everyone seems to trust each other, I even came back after a month I missed the place so much! Of course, the location is perfect too with the beach, shops, bars & beautiful coastal walks near by!

We arrived in Manly in the evening only to find our original booking at another hotel had been cancelled, after phoning around we got hold of Gordon the night manager he managed to get us a room last minute.

This hostel is in a fantastic location, literally minutes from the beach, bars, restaurants and shops. As I am travelling alone, this worked out to be the perfect hostel for meeting new friends. On arrival I was greeted by a very friendly face on reception who let me know about events going on around the hostel which is great fun, from movie nights to a boat party through the Sydney Harbour (amazing!!!) (and just $20 when staying at boardriders!!) there is a great communal area with a large tv room and ping pong area. The balcony view is lovely looking straight out to the sea. I really enjoyed the roof top BYO drinks bar and the parties that followed. I would definitely recommend this hostel :) I stayed in a mixed dorm room which was clean and spacious. Perfect!

Had a very bad experience staying at this hostel. The night guard was unfriendly and the rooms were dirty. There was a weed smell all over the corridors. At midnight they started to play loud music on the rooftop which could be heard in the bedroom. The bedroom was too hot, and we couldn't cool it down. A cat came in our room while sleeping and my friend, allergic to cats, woke up frightened in the middle of the night because the cat sat on her while she was asleep. Also way too expensive. From all the hostels I've stayed in in whole Australia, this was definitely the worst one!! And also the most expensive one.

While the hostel isnt immaculately clean and can be kind of noisy some nights (although they do provide ear plugs at reception), this is still one of the best hostels I've stayed at in all of Australia. Most of the people working here are backpackers and their are events on every night so the vibes are incredibly social. Like a big family. There is also a job program where the coordinator (who is really helpful) helps you find work. I was here two weeks and did a couple labouring jobs for money just to help with my travels. Would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone!

Rear 63, The Corso Manly NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Laundry facilities

Boardrider Hostel/Backpacker & Budget Motel places you next to Manly Beach and within a 5-minute walk of Manly Wharf. This 27-room hostel welcomes guests with a bar/lounge and conveniences like free in-room WiFi and a rooftop terrace. Also close to this Manly hostel are Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Sydney Harbour National Park.


At the end of the day, unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge.


All 27 rooms provide ceiling fans. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi.

Property features

Guests of Boardrider Hostel/Backpacker & Budget Motel enjoy a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and microwave in a common area. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and securing valuables. Additional amenities include a refrigerator in a common area, laundry facilities, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Deluxe Double Room, 1 Double Bed, Private Bathroom, Beach View

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Four Bed Mix Dorm

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Deluxe Double or Twin Room, Private Bathroom, Beach View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Six Bed Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

29% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 154 reviews