The Wake Up Hostel in Sydney is one of the most professionally-run hostels we stayed in when travelling the East Coast of Australia. Key cards (which sometimes did seem to stop working and had to be 'recharged' at reception) were state-of-the-art, only allowing you access to the floor that your bedroom is on in the lift, ensuring that only genuine Wake Up residents can enter the hostel rooms. This can be annoying when you want to visit guests on another floor, but you can wait in the lift until someone gets out at the floor required, and it is a small price to pay for the security measure.
The hostel is very security conscious, from about 10pm there are guards on all outside doors asking for you to show your keycards to enter, and guards roam around the corridoors looking for anyone who shouldn't be there. You even have to have your keycard to enter the ladies' toilets!
The rooms are spacious and clean. We stayed in an 8-bed dorm, but I imagine a private room here would be like a hotel room, due to the high standards of cleanliness and comfort. Beds have real duvets, rather than sheets, and there are lockers in the rooms.
The only drawback to this hostel is its size. This doesn't affect the services provided or the cleanliness or security, which are clearly the hostel's top priorities. It can be difficult to meet people, and there is none of the community traveller spirit found in smaller hostels. The TV room, although spacious, is quite cold, with beanbags on wooden flooring rather than couches, and the TV noise is so loud that people don't socialise and converse. We found that when we entered the TV room we were met with the stony faces of many people.
The kitchen was well equipped, no ovens however, and like everything in this hostel, regularly cleaned.
Toilets were clean and showers were fantastic.
The hostel is in a great location, near to Central Station.
The price may be higher than you would pay anywhere else on the East Coast (at $30 a night, this was the most expensive hostel we stayed in), but you definitely get what you pay for and more, in the terms of a welcome pack, with freebies and vouchers, cleanliness, friendly staff, high security, and a fantastic location. We passed other hostels, especially those in Kings Cross, and agreed we were very happy to have chosen Wake Up, as opposed to other, less clean hostels in nastier districts.
The cafe and bar are both reasonably priced and have good atmospheres.
The internet is reasonably priced too, however it did slightly annoy us that Wake Up use their own Internet Server, and not Global Gossip. We would recommend just walking round the corner to the Global Gossip centre - better priced and you can use up your left over cards, if you have them!
I would definitely recommend this hostel to young travellers, those needing temporary accommodation in Sydney, and even to anyone looking for a cheap hotel. Why bother, when fantastic hostels like this exist?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner '6th Best Extra Large Hostel Worldwide' and 'Most Popular Hostel in Sydney' at the 2018, 2017 & 2016 Hostelworld 'HOSCARS' awards. Wake Up! Sydney Central represents all that Sydney has to offer. It's modern, it's clean and it's the hub of backpacker activity, right in the heart of Sydney. With a fresh layout, friendly staff and funky activities, Wake Up aims to offer an experience, not just a bed Join us and experience Wake Up! Sydney today. Now with FREE High-Speed Wifi available to all guests. ... more less
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