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Wake Up Sydney Central Reviews
Big but fun :) Nov 10, 2012
Wake up in Sydney is a huge hostel right opposite Central Sydney (coach and train) station, if my memory serves me correctly it has 7 floors - each floor is supposed to represent a part of the world i.e. the UK, Europe, Africa, etc etc…
On the ground floor you have a large reception area along with computers where you can access the internet via Global Gossip, also on the ground floor is the café which you can also access from the outside so both people staying at the hostel and those who aren’t are able to eat there. The café serves typical café fare, so coffees and teas, panini’s and croissants and you can also help yourself to free water. From the reception area you are able to book a number of trips, such as a day at the wineries, the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk or a day at the zoo. The hostel will also help you find work and to get your tax back if you have been working during your time in Australia – oh, and there are free condoms on reception :)
I was staying in a 4-bed female dorm at $42 a night, but there are a number of other options for people ranging from 4, 6, 8 and 10-bed dorms (female only in the 4 and 6-beds, otherwise it’s a mixed dorm). However, you can also spend a bit more cash and get a twin room, a double or if you really have cash to splash then you can go for a double ensuite at £118 a night. If you don’t have the ensuite then you’ll be sharing a shower and toilet block where there is one female and male block on each floor. They hold four toilets and showers a piece and despite the fact that there are a lot of people on your floor the showers were never busy whilst I was there. The room that I stayed in had high ceilings so it felt really airy and there was a large locker for each guests and a rack for hanging clothes. The only problem that I found was that there were only two electric power points for 4-people to share. There is also a laundry room on each floor with two washers, two dryers and an iron.
There is a large kitchen with stocked utensils for travellers who want to do their own cooking and then there is the basement, which is like a bar / mini nightclub which has a DJ on some nights and others there is live music until the early hours and there’s also a happy hour which is beer and wine at a reduced cost. The bar also serves food – but more pub grub, like burgers.
Although this is a super large hostel, I enjoyed my stay, there are so many people there that you can’t fail to make some friends and I was lucky to meet some exceptional people there (and it’s also ‘possibly’ one of the cleanest hostels I’ve ever stayed in!)
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