I chose to stay at Wake Up! because it was one of Sydney's most highly-rated hostels. I was going to be there for New Year, definitely Sydney's busiest time of year, and I wanted to be in the centre of the action where I was most likely to meet people to hang out with to celebrate New Year. On that count, Wake Up! delivered. I was in a sociable 10-person dorm and I saw the New Year in watching the fireworks outside the Opera House with four of my roommates.
When it is not full to the seams, I could imagine that Wake Up! would be a great place to stay. Side Bar is one of the best hostel bars I've ever been to – their resident singer/guitarist is really excellent, the place has a good atmosphere and there are plenty of drinks offers that make a night out there cheaper than most of the other things you'll find in the CBD. In theory, lots of the other facilities such as the kitchen and the TV room would also be good when the hostel is not totally full. But when I was there, it became abundantly clear that the facilities in this hostel don't match the number of beds. Getting fridge space was a real challenge and one evening, after waiting 45 minutes in vain to get on one of the five cooking spots (for how many guests? 1000?), I gave up and went to McDonalds. Waiting for the lifts (you're not allowed to use the stairs for some reason) was a real hassle – if you were unfortunate enough to be taking one near check-out time you could wait 15 minutes plus just to get downstairs.
Although my dorm room was a source of friends, the open-plan 10 person rooms afford no privacy (compare with Space Hotel in Melbourne for an example of how a large dorm can offer a good deal of privacy if designed well – without being any more expensive), and the culture of the hostel was a very noisy one. One night the room next door had a party until 5am and no one came to tell them to keep it down. The next night, someone from the hostel came to tell us they had booked a Malaysian family into our room (mum and three kids) and so we weren't allowed to stay up late, have alcohol or bring anyone back. In the event, the Malaysians were busy plastic bag rustling until well after 1am. The dorm was also only cleaned once in the week I was there - so it spent most of the time really messy.
All in all, I was disappointed with my stay at Wake Up! It's not a bad hostel at all – but staying there at New Year (perhaps anywhere in Sydney would be the same) was a trying experience at times.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wake Up! Sydney Central is a modern, purpose built hostel with large spacious rooms. All the facilities you need under the one roof and fantastically located across the road from the central railway station. Wake Up! was voted "Best Large Hostel in the World" and "Best Hostel in Oceania" based on character, security, location, staff, fun and cleanliness, when surveyed by 500,000 Hostelworld customers worldwide. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wake Up! Hotel Sydney