Hotel Steyne Steeped In History

In prime position at the end of the Corso and opposite beautiful Manly Beach, Hotel Steyne has long been a central focus in the resort’s list of premium venues.

COVERED. looks back over the Steyne’s history and the timeless appeal of this much-loved hotel and bar.

The iconic Hotel Steyne is one of Manly’s oldest buildings, noted for having a frontage to East Steyne and the ocean beachfront.

The original pub was built in 1859 by Manly’s founding father – Henry Gilbert Smith. It was designed by the renowned colonial architect, Edmund Blacket. Completed by September 1859, this well-proportioned, elegant two-storey stone building dominated The Corso and the tiny new village.

Unlike now, it was not one of many buildings facing the ocean with unrivalled views and offering beachside accommodation.

Regarded as a ‘first-class family hotel’,  the Hotel Steyne boasted thirty apartments, plus an extensive range of kitchens, cellars, out-offices and much more.

The first lessee of the Steyne Hotel was John Campbell from Brisbane. However, Campbell remained less than three months. He was replaced by Russell Chalk, proprietor of the Baden Baden Guest House, nearby on the corner of Raglan Street and East Steyne.

This first hotel did not last long in its original state. A mysterious fire burnt the famous pub to the ground in June 1863. After this it was rebuilt to a new Blacket design. 

The hotel reopened in 1864 and was back in business that year. 

Final renovations were made to the business in 1936 and since then it has become a registered heritage building.

It has changed hands many times and had many owners. In 1922 it was bought by brewers Reschs and 13 years later in 1935 it had a new owner – the brewing giant Tooth & Co. In 1935 the hotel was rebuilt at a cost of $25,000 – a considerable sum in those days. 

From the day the doors first opened, The Hotel Steyne has been involved in all community aspects and events, earning its name as Manly’s true local. 

It is constantly changing with the times and meeting the increasing demands of a high profile venue in one of Australia’s best known suburbs. It now has an impressive six bars and accommodation facilities - this pub has something to offer everyone. 

Boasting ocean views, a relaxed family friendly atmosphere and a variety of entertainment for all ages, the Hotel Steyne really is a classic that has proven it will never go out of style. 


75 The Corso, Manly 2095
(02) 9977 4877
Mon-Thurs 9am-3am; Fri-Sat 9am-2am; Sun 9am-12am
www.hotelsteyne.com.au