Advantages Clean, trendy, secure, close to train station
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Wake Up! in Sydney is considered one of the better and posher hostels to stay in out of the hundreds there are. It is certainly one of the most expensive but you do get a nicer experience.I stayed there during Christmas and NY, the most expensive season and paid $39 a night in a 10 bed dorm. I think the normal price was $29. From the website the current prices are:
Locations wise it is loacted in the city in a pretty building. Although there are hostels more centrally located in the city Wake Up is situated on the corner of George and Pitt Street and opposite Central Station.The hostel is has many facilities includnig a laundery room, TV lounge, bar, computers and lugguge room.
I cannot be sure but I think I was on the second level meaning that the noise from the underground bar was loud each night. The TV lounge is also on this floor by the lift. It is very comfy with huge beanbags and a huge TV playing films but it can be very loud and you can still hear it in your room. I didn't have a problem with this though as it was only during the day.
I used the bar a couple of times. It is called Sidebar and is a famous one with backpackers. It is small and dark but has a good dancefloor with the actual bar in the middle of the room. They also do cheap food.
The kitchen was fine but quite small and has a few books people have left for you to swap. Some hostels have really good books swap shelves but not here. It was closed at different times in the day to be cleaned. I did find though that there were not enough shelves to put your food bag. If you were only there for a couple of days it is probably worth just eating out as by the time you have bought food to cook and fought for a hob in busy times of the day it is not worth it, especially if you are by yourself. There are thousands of places to eat, if you didn't want to go far you could eat at the cafe/restaurant attached to the very nearly YHA hostel. The food is very nice.Security is good as you are provided with a key card to get into your room, the hostel and to operate the lifts. I found the internet slow so I would recommend using this else where. Many 24/7's have computers to use and Woolworths and a place decorated in orange (i've forgot the name) have cheaper internet access.
On each day of the week the hostel organises tours and things to do. One day it will be an orientation walk around the city for example. Already knowing my way round I did not take part but these were free and would be a great way to make friends on your first days. The hostel would remind you of these days not only by the board by the entrance but by announcing it on some sort of tannoy system in your room, waking you up! I remember on Christmas Eve, they woke us up with a 'Ho ho ho, it's Christmas Eve . . . .!' I suppose the name of the hotel is apt in that you do get woken up!The hostel's website www.wakeup.com.au, is very good, telling you about the hostel and it's facilities, it's rooms, the bar, having vitual tours and and photo's and a booking service.
This is a good hostel which is highly rated on hostel booking websites, however if staying a for a long period will be expensive!
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