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It’s been a terrible year for all of us. Having to temporarily close the doors of all our hostels was a painful first. Although Wombat’s is our life’s work, it’s just business.
We hope that you did not suffer health problems or lose a loved one to 2020. Our thoughts go out to all families affected by the disease.
None of our international employees fell seriously ill. In retrospect, it seems like the right choice to be over-cautious. Seldom has this phrase been more appropriate: Better safe than sorry.

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… was also the motto of our first Wombat’s beer, which was launched a few weeks ago. Thank you for your fantastic feedback!
Apart from a handful of bottles, the WAVEBREAKER is now sold out. We are happy that we were able to stay in contact with our community through the WAVEBREAKER Ale. If you can’t get to Wombat’s, Wombat’s will come to you. ;-)

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… also means that we want to leave the past behind us and look to a future in which we can travel freely and party hard again. ;-)
We are busy renewing our locations and, among other things, preparing a new bar and breakfast concept for our Wombat’s City Hostels.
We are using the lockdown to prepare for an even more exciting travel experience come 2021.

Hold on! Stay safe! Let’s hope that we can meet again in person soon <3.

F *** 2020 and
WELCOME 2021!

TESTBild: Wombat’s Winner Category Hostel!

The big German market survey TESTBild rates the service qualities in more than 200 industries. For this the renowned market research institute Statista conducts interviews with more than 20.000 consumers. Wombat’s City Hostels won the category Hostels! And let’s go on with great news that we are especially grateful for in times like these…

Our current Hostelworld Ratings (scale 1-10, criteria: security, staff, atmosphere, cleanliness, value for money and facilities):
Wombat’s City Hostel London: 9.0 Superb
Wombat’s City Hostel Munich: 9.1 Superb
Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna – The Naschmarkt: 9.2 Superb
(Superb being the top mark.)

Big credit to our team! 🙌
Thank you & stay safe! 🔥

It’s Roasted, Baby!

Wombat’s is used to breaking new grounds. But this time it’s not a new country but a new catering approach. Please give it up for the world’s first…

Wombat’s Café 👏👏👏

It will be opening its doors on Thursday, October, 1st at 8 am in our City Hostel Vienna Naschmarkt.

The heritage of Viennese coffeehouse-tradition meets cosmopolitan cool. Top notch quality meets affordable pricing.

Enjoy with us Wombat’s signature Roast by Kaffee Campus Krems (with milk from local supplier and award-winning farmer Hiegersberger as well as soy milk and oat milk), cakes & Australien cookies, snacks & drinks. All treats served to you seated or to go.

Wombat’s Warm Welcome  –  this will be our special offer for you on Thursday:

Espresso                  1,00 €
Americano              1,00 €
Cappuccino             1,50 €
Cafe Latte                1,50 €

… as long as we like. 😉

Wombat’s Café will be open:
Mon.–Fri. 8 am to 6 pm
Sat./Sun./Holiday: 9 am bis 5 pm.

Wombat´s Hostel Vienna: Rechte Wienzeile 35, A-1040 Vienna

Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and Madam Tussauds probably come to mind when you think about London scenery. But did you expect to find fields of flowers in and around London?

Especially now, in late summer, you can experience an explosion of colour at London’s Lavender fields. The season typically runs from May to September and gives visitors an unparalleled richness of sight and scent.

Rooted in the historic lavender industry of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, you can still find huge fields of the amazing flower not too far from the city center. Places like Mayfield Lavender Farm or Kew Gardens are perfect destinations for a day trip if you want to leave the downtown buzz behind or if you are looking for some instagrammable, indigo moments that will turn your followers green with envy.

Please note: Due to the Covid19 situation, many lavender fields currently ask visitors to book in advance and some services or activities that are usually offered may be cancelled. So please check the respective website before your visit.

Some links:

Kentish Lavender / Castle Farm, https://www.castlefarmkent.co.uk/
Mayfield Lavender. https://www.mayfieldlavender.com/ 
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, https://www.kew.org/
Yorkshire Lavender, https://www.yorkshirelavender.com/
Somerset Lavender, http://www.somersetlavender.com/

Enjoy & stay safe!

Unfortunately, beautiful memories and new friendships are not the only traces that travelling leaves behind. According to the World Tourism Organization UNWTO travel is responsible for five percent of global CO2 emissions; 20 percent of which are attributable to the hotel industry.

Although hostels consume comparatively fewer resources, we – together with our guests –want to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible. Guess where we’ve found an inspiring role model for this… Wombats! Our favourite animal is not only super cool and cute, it’s also extremely sustainable!

Did you know that wombats need even less water than kangaroos?

Scientists say that wombats are four times more efficient at saving water than kangaroos! We want to be careful handling resources, too. That’s why all our showers are equipped with water-saving systems. We ask you to support us and to use water sparingly. Don’t forget that water consumption goes hand in hand with energy consumption.

Did you know that wombats mainly eat grass?

Well, we’re not that strict, we also have cheese and ham for breakfast. But we only buy food locally and, where possible, of organic quality. We also try to avoid excess packaging and plastic – we do not use any straws or other disposable, plastic dishes. Should a wombat check in with us – we always have a vegan option at the breakfast buffet.

Did you know that wombats share their dens with other animals?

Since the Australian bushfires in 2019/2020 we know that wombats don’t exclusively share their dens with conspecifics. If necessary, other animals such as rabbits and even koalas are welcomed into the wombats’ natural dorms.

“Sharing is Caring” is a part of a hostel’s genetics. To us this is also true for our neighborhood where we prefer to cooperate with local stores and service providers, pointing out their offers to our guests. In addition, we stay socially involved and support local projects with the help of our guests.

Did you know that wombats are particularly good recyclers?

Wombats have a very slow metabolism and, therefore, effectively absorb a lot of their food. We do things a little bit differently. All of our fresh, breakfast left-overs are taken to the communal kitchen and left there for free. Similarly, we encourage our guests to leave food behind for others if they no longer need it.

We also do this with cosmetics and hygiene products. Clothes and other items that are not claimed at the Lost & Found are given to local charities after a certain period of time.

Did you know that the female wombat is larger than the male?

Okay, so maybe our ladies are not taller than their male colleagues – but more women work for us than men. Not only that, the majority of our managerial positions are also occupied by women.

Having said that, gender, as well as religion or nationality doesn’t matter to us. We encourage employees and guests to share this open-minded attitude with us.

You don’t have to be a wombat to travel Wombat’s style. 😉

Stay safe, we hope to see you soon!

Handsome globetrotters, smart backpackers and curious explorers like us travel light. There’s not much that we need when we do what we do best – go on tour.

As we can do our laundry at our favourite hostel, we don’t need a ton of spare shirts. As our favourite hostel also provides free WiFi, we don’t need transportable hotspots like we used to. And because we are not the POTUS and prefer real sunshine, we don’t have any self-tanning lotion in our luggage.

Here is the ultimate list of travel essentials to help you to travel safe and in style:

Mask

In times like these you should always have a mask with you (even though Wombat’s offers free masks for our guests). In many countries it is compulsory to wear them on public transportation and even in stores. Stay safe!

Eyes

Even if you don’t have sensitive eyes, it’s never a bad idea to carry some dry eye relief drops. Windy outdoor conditions and/or indoor air-conditioning can be pretty stressful on your eyes. Equally important: never travel without shades. Sunlight can have negative long-term effects on your eyesight. Not to mention, no shades 👉 no rockstar traveling.

Ears

Earplugs or noise cancelling headphones: By blocking out unwanted noise on long flights or train journeys, you will remove a lot of stress from your travels. Earplugs and headphones can also be a life saver when you decide to skip the party and get to bed early for a change. But it’s up to you whose life might be saved.

Skin

Just like your eyes- air conditioning or weather that you are not used to, can irritate your skin. Be sure that you always have something to keep your skin from drying out; like body lotion or good old Vaseline. Facial sprays with French mineral water are an expensive, unnecessary weight for wannabe influencers only. 🤫

Teeth

We don’t have to mention a toothbrush and toothpaste, but you should always have dental floss with you as well when traveling. Especially if you are willing to try new food in different countries have no idea what kind of textures you might encounter! Whether it’s traditional pork knuckle in Vienna, Pesto alla Genovese in Italy or Algae in Asia – you might need an extra layer of dental care.

Ohmmm

Of course, cute travellers like us always take care of our personal hygiene but we also watch our mental hygiene. Especially in airports, train stations or a crowded underground – hectic rushing and disrespect can be contagious and spread quickly! So always keep your inner Ohmmm ready at hand and stay calm. The experienced backpackers know this: one smile (even behind a mask!) can upgrade your travel experience for the whole day.

Stay safe, we hope to see you soon!

We are so happy and super excited that Hostelworld has ranked two Wombat’s City Hostels in their Top 10 most Wish-Listed Hostels worldwide! Please check out the official press release:

Wombat’s The City Hostel London AND Wombat’s The City Hostel Vienna Naschmarkt are 2 of the top 10 most Wish-Listed hostels in the world

Hostelworld reveals the most Wish-Listed hostels in the world

29 July 2020: Our Wombat’s City Hostels in Vienna (Naschmarkt) and London are two of the most desired hostels to visit in the world, according to online booking platform, Hostelworld.

Whilst they’ve been stuck at home backpackers have eagerly been searching and saving hostels to their wish-lists for future trips. Representing London and Vienna, Wombat’s was ranked both the 3rd and 6th most Wish-Listed hostel in the world by Hostelworld’s customers as part of a survey carried out over the last three months.

Backpackers are eager to reclaim their passion for travel, and a recent poll has revealed that they will be among the first to do so as 48% plan to travel in the first 60 days after restrictions ease1. Daring to brave the new normal, 7 in 10 are planning on travelling internationally as soon as they can.

The ranking reveals the most desirable destinations for young hostel-travellers, and can be found here.

Notes:
*Wishlist data was compiled from hostels saved over 21,700 times on the Hostelworld app, between March and June 2020
1 Hostelworld customer survey of 2,600 customers, conducted April 2020

About Hostelworld
Hostelworld, the global hostel-focussed online booking platform, inspires passionate travellers to see the world, meet new people and come back with extraordinary stories to tell. Hostelworld customers are not your average tourists; they crave unique experiences that Hostelworld facilitates with the best choice of hostels around the world. It’s the social nature of hostels that turbo-charges their global adventures and empowers them to Meet the World.

Hostelworld has more than 13 million reviews across 17,700 hostels in more than 178 countries, making the brand the leading online hub for social travel. Both the website and mobile app offer multi-lingual experiences and support.

The Hostelworld Group went public in November 2015, listing on the main London and Dublin stock exchanges. Headquartered in Dublin, Hostelworld has offices around the world in London, Shanghai, Sydney and Porto.