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Wake Up! Sydney Central Reviews

509 Pitt Street, Opposite Central Railway, Sydney, Australia

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90%

Rating
3147 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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91%

It was probably my favourite Hostel I've stayed at, Staff we're really helpful and polite. Will definitely choose to stay here again and again when in Sydney.

  • 28th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

Always find myself coming back to Wake Up! Fell in love with this hostel the first time I visited. The friendly staff, the atmosphere, the cleanliness and everything about the hostel far exceeds any other hostel I have stayed in.

  • 28th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, What a fantastic review! Enjoy your travels and we hope to see you back here at Wake Up in the future. Cheers Dev Penney - General Manager

83%

Really great, clean facilities. Perfectly comfortable. Did have some good social activities like the trivia night on Tuesday and good happy hour specials at the bar downstairs but I also felt like the hostel was overrun by staff and long termers - therefore not as welcoming of an environment as I would have hoped as they had their own cliques. But I'd recommend staying here if you just want a great and comfortable city centre hostel where you can cook easily etc.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay here at Wake Up. I really appreciate your kinds words for our clean and comfortable facilities. Like many Sydney hostels during the winter months we do at times have groups of long term guests. While they do stick together their numbers are relatively small next to the numbers of guests we have staying overall. Cheers Dev Penney - GM

100%

My first hostel in Aussie after 19 months in Asia. This place is lovely. I can't recommend it enough. Everything was a nice surprise in comparison to the Asian hostels. It was a little bit more than i usually spend but worth the extra few dollars. Id definitely stay here again!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, WOW!!! We are always super pleased to get a 100% review but as we are your 48th hostel review you have some serious cred behind you! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave the review and we really hope this is not your only Wake Up experience. Come back soon! Cheers Dev Penney - General Manager

89%

Great location for anything in the CBD. Typical large hostel with nothing too noteworthy positive or negative but gets the job done. Nice lobby area. Average bathroom facilities. Our floor smelled a pretty musty but I've experienced much worse. I'd stay again.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Our location is definitely one of the best things about Wake Up. We are so lucky to have a property in the heart of Sydney's backpacking precinct with direct access to Central Station and the Bus Terminal . With over 2000 backpacker beds and two of Sydney's best backpackers bars on our block you just know you are going to have a great time. Cheers Dev Penney

100%

Wake Up is the first hostel I ever stayed in and after 11 months travelling remains to be the best by a country mile. Kitchen, communal areas and rooms are cleaned every day and are kept immaculate. There are heaps of free activities to get involved in put on by WakeUp including Beach Walks and City Tours ran by great guides. The vibe and general atmosphere is so friendly and all of the staff would bend over backwards to help anyone out. Have not met anyone that doesn't agree! Highly recommend!

  • 24th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Thanks for leaving such positive feedback and we really appreciate you returning to us here at Wake Up after eleven months away! The fact that we remain your favorite hostel means a lot to us! We look forward to seeing you back here on your next Aussie adventure. Cheers Dev Penney - General Manager

100%

Stayed here before and wake up never disappointed me once. Great place, clean, easy airport connection and very welcoming, friendly staff. Love it and highly recommend it. Great starting point for a trip; don't get used to it, most hostels are not this perfect...


83%

The hostel needs to add additional wifi range extenders throughout the building. In my room we all had trouble connecting to the wifi

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Thanks for your review and we appreciate you giving us the heads up on the wifi strength. It was only a few months ago that we upgraded our wifi infrastructure and our testing at the time indicated that we had full strength around our building. I have noted your room number and will be making sure the issue is fixed asap. Cheers Dev Penney - General Manager

86%

Decent stay. basic room and obviously pricey; this is sydney. TV in room, bit of a bugger wifi wasn't free, and most info bout medicare, addresses etc we got from staff were wrong and out of date. Good place to stay with kitchen and next to free bus that takes you to circular quay.


97%

A great hostel with everything you could need to make your stay in Sydney an easy one. The rooms are large with high ceilings, and bathrooms are clean and easy to access. The bar attached to the hostel makes for great vibes if you want to party with its daily events. The staff are super friendly and helpful. You get 24 hours free wifi when you check in, which is nice, but thereafter it's pay-only. Towels are available for hire. I'd definitely stay here again.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, We are super pleased to hear you enjoyed your time here at Wake Up and we appreciate your kind words for our staff. It looks like you stayed in one of our larger dorms as they are all on floors with the high ceilings. They are my favorites as well, especially floors one and seven with the high arched windows! Cheers and thanks for your review. Dev Penney - General Manager

89%

It would be nice to have hair driers permanently in the bathrooms.

  • 23rd Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay here at Wake Up. All reviews and feedback are important to us and help us provide the best experience we can for our guests. I will be speaking with the owner later today and will float the possibility of having permanent hair dryers installed in the ladies bathrooms. Cheers Dev Penney - GM

94%

I come from France and stayed 8 nights at Wake up. the people were amazing there, the staff really, really helpful as I had money issues. The Hostel is clean, the location perfect, the information kiosk downstairs to book things such as surfing in Bondi Beach or anything --> brillant. the activities are well organised like the walking tour . You should really stay in this hostel if you turn up in Sydney, Wake Up made my stay the best week I had in Australia. Wake up Wake up Wake up, thank you.

  • 22nd Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

One of the best hostels in Sydney for sure.

  • 22nd Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, We are certainly trying to be one of the best hostels here in Sydney so it is always pleasing when our guests think so as well! Cheers for your review and kind words. Dev Penney - General Manager

91%

I stayed for a night. It was a great experience. The staff is very friendly and the hostel is clean. Highly recommended!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Here at Wake Up we aim to offer an experience, not just a bed! It is super pleasing to see that we were able to do this for you on this occasion and we really appreciate your kind words for our friendly staff. Cheers Dev Penney - General Manager

100%

Excellent hostel! The staff is very helpful, the rooms were clean and the parties at the bar are awesome.


100%

I stayed there for 13 nights and enjoyed every second. Spotless facilities, awesome food and drinks and fun activities all week, so it will never get boring. The atmosphere made me feel right at home. The staff were super helpful as well. I am 100% sure their actions helped me get that job I was interviewed for just hours after I had checked out of the Wake Up!. I cannot thank you enough!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Thanks for mentioning what an awesome time you had here at Wake Up! Really glad to hear the staff were super helpful and able to help you find a job. We look forward to seeing you back here in the future. Cheers Dev Penney - General Manager

100%

Wake up is my favorite hostel in Sydney. Friendly staff, lots of fun free activities throughout the week and the rooms and shower facilities are always clean. I have made lots of friends here and will always stay at wake up whenever Im in Sydney.

  • 17th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there Thanks for choosing to stay with us here at Wake Up! We are super pleased to hear that we are your favorite hostel in Sydney! We look forward to welcoming you back to the hostel in the near future. Cheers Dev Penney - GM

43%

Very disappointed. The advantages are that it has a good location. Disadvantages are that WiFi is so expensive! Everywhere else we have found it has been free. So cold throughout the hostel as the rooms are very big with no furniture or curtains. Other guests made a nice kitchen area so messy - regularly. Unfortunately not worth the money.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay here at Wake Up. At Wake Up we believe in guest feedback, good and bad and view each as an opportunity to better our product and service. By managing our feedback in detail it has helped us to be the quality property we are today. I have sent you an email and if possible I would ask that you reply as I hope to understand your review score better. Cheers Dev Penney - GM

91%

Friendly and helpful staff. The best part for me is every floor has their laundry room. Would like to suggest the hostel provide some cooking oil and salt in kitchen. Would recommend this hostel to friends.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, We appreciate your kind words for our staff and for your future recommendations! While our laundries don't often get a mention we also feel it is pretty convenient having many of them located throughout the building. Cheers Dev Penney - General Manager

86%

I would definitely recommend this hostel to others, everything about it was rather good apart from one aspect.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi there, Thanks for reviewing your recent stay here at Wake Up. It was great to see that you gave us five out of five for cleanliness and security as these are two key elements to a great stay at any hostel. Cheers and we hope to see you back soon. Dev Penney - General Manager

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