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Wake Up! Sydney is a very professionally run hostel in the heart of Sydney, with a twenty-four-hour reception, including a travel desk where they are happy to help you find the best way to explore the surrounding area.

The Location

The hostel is perfectly located for anyone coming to Sydney by bus or train as it is two minutes' walk from the station/drop-off point. This does mean, however, that it is about an hour's walk from Circular Quay, but this is not a problem as there is a free bus (the 555!) that goes through the city from the bus station.

The hostel has its own cafe located on the ground floor that sells a large variety of breakfast and lunch options. After 4 p.m. the hostel's bar "Side Bar" (located in the basement) sells cheap eat food (of good quality with generous portions) and reasonably priced drinks (for Australia!). The bar is open to non-guests and the atmosphere tends to be quite lively with nightly entertainment including competitions, quizzes, and live music.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The seven-story building has plenty of rooms from doubles to ten-share dorms -- the fully occupied ten-share that we stayed in (on the seventh floor) was very spacious. There are plenty of large lockers for all guests (bring your own padlock). The beds are very spacious and comfortable, with the top bunks feeling much sturdier than some hostels we've stayed in! The rooms have a modern design and look to be well kept and very clean.

The bathrooms (boys and girls located on each floor) are very clean and there are enough facilities for the number of guests. Showers are spacious and you can adjust the temperatures easily to suit your preferences.

Common Spaces

As well as the cafe and bar, there are a number of common spaces for guests. The ground floor contains a bank of computers where you can access the internet for reasonable prices. There is also a TV lounge on the first floor, where a number of cushions are provided so guests can relax watching the widescreen TV. The kitchen is also located on the first floor -- it is fully equipped and with plenty of fridge space and storage cupboards, however for the volume of guests the area is quite small and we imagine at busy times there could be a wait for the facilities. However the range of food on offer at the hostel meant that this wasn't a problem we faced!


Overall we had a very enjoyable stay and plan to return later in the year -- the location is excellent for backpackers traveling by train or bus and the prices are very affordable for the city.

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September 2011

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5   Best hostel i've ever stayed! Soo nice neat and tidy rooms (of course depends on who are you staying with). Staff is really lovely and helpful. Easy to get bus or train. Loved every second when I was staying there. Recommend 110% to everyone who wants to have good time in Sydney!  , age 20, Finland ()
5   Clean and busy Had a great stay here, room was clean, reception helpful, plenty of atmosphere and people around so was really one of the nicest hostels i've stayed in.  , age 24, Australian ()
5   Comfortable and cool place to stay! Free wifi in the future? Everything's awesome here really. Friendly staff, great music, clean toilets, kitchens and bathrooms, cool events, great location, pretty safe. But the wifi's pretty expensive, $30+ for 7 days. All in all, it's an great place to stay at. I would recommend it.  , age 20, Singapore ()
3   Party Crowd and Everything is Expensive This probably varies by the time of year (or week even), but when I stayed there, they overbooked our room (no worries, as they did fix it when we made them aware). But one person in our room seemed to be straight out of the Jersey Shore. He was a dumbo and apparently got in a fight while out drinking. He bled all over the room (and some of my clothes) and was generally very rude and inconsiderate. This isn't exactly the hostel's fault, but it may be an indication of the type of people there. More importantly, I constantly felt like they were trying to bleed me of money. For example, towels were $5 to rent (plus a $5 deposit), and internet was $10 per day. I wouldn't recommend staying here unless money is no issue (but if that's the case, then stay somewhere nicer).  , USA ()
5   9/10 Great hostel especially if this is your first hostel when arriving in Australia as its very social, vibrant, friendly atmosphere -- the staff are friendly, the rooms and bathrooms are pretty clean and the bar downstairs is excellent, the only bad thing is the price as it is probably the most expensive hostels in the city!  , British ()
5   This is good stuff I stayed here october 2007, it's a really nice place, helpful staff and nice rooms. location is alright. Many showers so you don't have to stand in line in the morning. The rooms are clean. This hostel is quite big so if you're looking for an intimate place this is not the one.  , sweden ()
5   The Best Hostel I Stayed At! I stayed at Wake Up for twelve nights in October/November 2008. I absolutely loved every second of it! As a lone backpacker I met loads of people, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, the facilities excellent and clean, and the bar downstairs served good cheap food and good cheap alcohol, with events or entertainment on every night. It is an easy twenty-minute walk to the harbour from Wake Up, and as it is located opposite Central Station, you can literally get anywhere you might ever need to go from the doorstep! Would highly recommend this hostel to everyone!  , UK ()
4   Big and impersonal, but clean with good facilites I chose to stay at Wake up! after having been told about how fun and social it is -- i certainly did not find that to be true, and so I was disappointed on that angle. It's a huge hostel (eight stories, i think) and the staff seemed to be mostly locals, not other travelers. That said, it was decently clean, with lockers, an elevator, and two TVs in the two lounges. There is a big bar in the basement, and a little cafe on the ground floor. A ton of computers on the ground floor for internet access. You can find cheaper internet in the city, but for convenience factor, the price was decent. The other nice thing was the free city tours -- a good (but very basic) introduction to the city. Also -- most of the info/extras at the hostel seemed to be aimed at people who were in the process of moving to Sydney, rather than regular travelers.  , Canada ()

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