Don’t come here expecting Belgian chocolates on your pillow, but rest assured the understated Australian charm about the place will win you over. One of the first guesthouse hotels in Sydney, it opened in 1923, it has three en-suite rooms and four with shared bathrooms, and while there’s nothing luxurious about either, most have water glimpses and all are styled in comfy, appealing beach house décor, with seashells, soft linen, hardwood floors, wicker furniture and native Natural Essence bath products. Best bring a book or hone your conversation skills because neither guest room has a television; there is a communal LCD television in the adjacent lounge room, equipped with a huge sofa and paintings of Polynesian natives adorning the walls. It’s here where the managers sneak in early in the morning to drop off a help-yourself breakfast hamper for guests – think organic muesli, fresh tropical fruit, yoghurt, teas, coffee and sourdough. After exploring the area’s beaches, there’s little else to do except relax – curl up on the large sofa, or head downstairs to the restaurant, which happens to be one of the most popular on the northern beaches.