The iconic Hotel Steyne is one of Manly’s oldest buildings and was built in 1859 by Henry Gilbert Smith. It was regarded as a ‘first-class family hotel’ and offered beachside accommodation with unrivalled views. 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 and reopened the following year. Final renovations were made in 1936 and since then it has become a registered heritage building with one café and six bars.