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Reviews of Clink261 London Hostel

261-265 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London, England

Atmosphere 66%

Cleanliness 78%

Facilities 73%

Location 84%

Safety 77%

Staff 76%

Value 80%

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Free City Maps
  • Free city tour
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Iron / Ironing Board"
  • Key Card Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Microwave
  • Postal Service
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone Fax Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels Not Included"
  • Towels for hire
  • Washing machine

Important Information

Please note:
●Passport, driver's license or government issued identity card required upon check-in.
●If the name on your booking is different to the name on the card used to the confirm the booking, the hostel may request a copy of your ID or card for legal reasons.
● Guests can check-in until 4am. Guests will only be able to access their room from 2.30pm. A luggage room is available for guest use if they arrive earlier than 2.30pm. Check out time is 10am.
● Note that all dorms are mixed unless a girls’ dorm is booked.
● Guests that wish to bring their children under 16 years of age must book whole dorms or private rooms.
● Bookings cannot be accepted from any underage person unless they are accompanied by an adult over 18. They will be refused check-in.
● When booking dorm beds in dorm rooms, the hostel cannot guarantee that guests travelling together will be staying in the same room. We suggest booking private rooms or whole dorms if guests want to ensure they're together.
● For stag/hen parties, please contact us directly. Clink reserves the right to deny entry to anyone who has booked online and is part of such a group.
● If you wish to cancel or amend your reservation to receive a full refund you will need to notify us by email
– For the fully flexible rates: 48 hours in advance of your arrival date by 2.30pm (and 7 days before the arrival dates of 29th, 30th and 31st of December). If you notify us any less than 48 hours before your arrival date, or in case of a no-show, you will not be entitled to a refund.
– For the semi flexible rates: 14 days in advance of your arrival date by 2.30pm (and 7 days before the arrival dates of 29th, 30th and 31st of December). If you notify us any less than 14 days before your arrival date, or in case of a no-show, you will not be entitled to a refund.
– Non-refundable rates: If cancelled, modified, or in case of a no-show, the total price of the reservation will be charged.
– If you arrive a day or more late without informing the hostel, we will try and find you a bed, but this may not be in the same room type booked and may incur extra charges.

● In the event of Force Majeure (governmental action; fire; flood; insurrection; earthquake; power failure; riot; explosion; embargo, transportation interruption of any kind; terrorist attack; acts of God…) affecting your booking, the company reserves the right to receive any outstanding payments in connection to your confirmed booking.
● A great-value breakfast is available for £2.

Groups (+15 people)
● We accept groups from age 12+.
● You will be asked to pay a 20% non-refundable deposit a week after booking is made. The balance will be required 4 weeks before arrival.
● One group leader will be required to give a credit card upon arrival for a “Group Deposit”. This will need to be the card holder. We will pre-authorize the card for £300 in case of breakage or for not respecting coach stopping/parking rules.
● If your group is arriving by coach, make sure to contact us for information on where to stop and park.
● If you do not inform us by email when booking we cannot guarantee for your group to be in the same rooms and depending on availability your booking might be cancelled.

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 00:00

Latest Check-out: 10:00

Policies

  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking
  • Taxes Included

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to London?

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Atmosphere 66%

Cleanliness 78%

Facilities 73%

Location 84%

Safety 77%

Staff 76%

Value 80%

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74% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 60%
  • Cleanliness - 60%
  • Facilities - 60%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 80%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 80%
74% Overall Rating

Anonymous
01 Jul 2011

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Business / conference, City break, Visiting friends or family

Liked: Great location - only 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross station. Free luggage storage during the day was also really useful.

Disliked: Bathrooms are a little worn.

Customer would recommend this property

80% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 100%
  • Cleanliness - 60%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 60%
  • Safety - 80%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 80%
80% Overall Rating

Anonymous
26 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Liked: The Staff was extremely nice and helpful, those girls deserve a medal for their work. We also met some nice people in the hostel.

Disliked: The fact that we shared a room with a really stinky guy. The bathrooms weren't that clean either, the showers were extremely hot and the breakfast was petty.

91% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 80%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 100%
91% Overall Rating

Anonymous
22 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture, Work / volunteering

Liked: The location, close to King's Cross. Breakfast is better than in other hostels in London ( basic but good: tea/coffee, juice, cerals and toasts, jam and butter, not margarine). Was in a room overlooking the back of the building, perfect for sleeping, as the main street is busy. Windows in all rooms.

Disliked: Internet connection is expensive 1GBP for 20 minutes. All rooms are mixed. Women barthroom not on all floors and not very clean.

Customer would recommend this property

89% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 100%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 80%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 80%
89% Overall Rating

Anonymous
21 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Liked: seemed like a very clean place

Disliked: the bathrooms on the floor which I was on (the 3rd) seemed a little bit old and dank but they did have a little posting in there that they are working on upgrading them.

Customer would recommend this property

74% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 60%
  • Cleanliness - 60%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 60%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 80%
74% Overall Rating

Anonymous
20 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Events / festivals

Liked: City center. Close to major attraction & transport.

Disliked: The shower is scaling hot & no knob to adjust it.

Customer would recommend this property

80% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 60%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 80%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 80%
80% Overall Rating

Anonymous
20 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Business / conference, Work / volunteering

Liked: The Hostel is great! It's been recently refurbished so all the rooms and floors are new. The only thing they've still to do is the bathrooms, which are a bit old, but not totally awful. It's a bit noisy too, but again, what do you expect for a hostel?

Disliked: The bathrooms and noise. It was bearable though.

Customer would recommend this property

74% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 60%
  • Cleanliness - 60%
  • Facilities - 60%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 80%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 80%
74% Overall Rating

Anonymous
18 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break

Liked: location

Disliked: bathrooms a bit small and smelly too

Customer would recommend this property

83% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 80%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 80%
  • Staff - 60%
  • Value - 80%
83% Overall Rating

Anonymous
17 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Partying / nightlife

Liked: Cleanliness, modernity of the place

Disliked: The atmosphere

Customer would recommend this property

89% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 80%
  • Cleanliness - 80%
  • Facilities - 100%
  • Location - 60%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 100%
  • Value - 100%
89% Overall Rating

Anonymous
08 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Liked: The beds, though cramped, are actually pretty neat, you get a little storage locker above your head. The place is just generally funky, it feels like a fresh design on a hostel.

Disliked: The bathrooms leave a bit to be desired, the shower only has one temperature and there isn't really a place to put a change of clothes in there, so you kind of have to awkwardly hang stuff on one hook... this place would be really great if it had slightly better showers and toilets.

Customer would recommend this property


The property's response is

Hi there,

Thanks for your lovely comment and we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay.
Our bathrooms are just about to be redone completely, we can't wait to have them, as we know you will enjoy the facilities much more.

77% Overall Rating
  • Atmosphere - 60%
  • Cleanliness - 40%
  • Facilities - 80%
  • Location - 100%
  • Safety - 100%
  • Staff - 80%
  • Value - 80%
77% Overall Rating

Anonymous
07 Jun 2011

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year, Sightseeing & culture, Visiting friends or family

Liked: Clink261 (not to be confused with the other one) is located just a short walk from the busy (and famous) King's Cross station, which puts it pretty much centrally located to anywhere you want to go in London because you'll end up taking the Tube everywhere. The place is pretty decent for the price (everything is expensive in London because of the exchange rate), though as a budget-conscious traveler you will have to do with less amenities.The bunk beds were designed as a "cot" with personal light switches and small lockers in each bed, as well as a large privacy screen, which was a nice touch. The rooms also had a touch-screen showing useful things nearby, bus schedules, and Tube maps.

Disliked: The atmosphere here was rather quiet, as most of the "Clink" events were held at the other Clink hostel, about 5 minutes' walk away. When I was there, the hostel had several groups of high school (or younger?) students, which was not the greatest. Mix that with a few older travelers and there wasn't a real "backpacker" feel to this place. The internet was also expensive at £2/2hours of WiFi, when there was free WiFi at Madeira next door and at McDonald's down the street.All of the above are minor concerns - the major problem I think was that the bathrooms constantly stank of mold and urine. This was very unfortunate as the hostel seemed to be newly renovated and modern, with the exception of the bathrooms. Since I lived on the first floor across the hall from the toilets, it was not the most comfortable of experiences. You could smell the "mold" even from far away, though I never personally spotted any myself, there is really no ventilation from the toilets and showers.

Customer would recommend this property


The property's response is

Hello,

Thanks a lot for taking your time and leaving your comment. We are glad you enjoyed your stay, except the fact of the bathrooms, which, in fact are due to renovation any day now. We are aware that comparing with the rest of the hostel, that is one thing we had to work on, and we are doing it in the nearest weeks. Whilst it hasn't been started, we do our utmost to keep the facilities clean and fresh.

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