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Reviews of Clink261

Hostel | 261-265 Gray's Inn Road, King's Cross, London, England WC1X 8QT

81.6% Overall Rating

774 out of 934 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/04/2014)

"Great staff at reception + in the kitchen. Breakfast room not too crowded, enough seats for everybody any time and tables + tableware regularly cleaned"

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 3.36

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

? Passport, driver's license or government issued identity card required upon check-in. ? Guests can check-in until 4am. Guests will only be able to access their room after 2.30pm. A luggage room is available for them to use if they arrive earlier than 2.30pm. Check out time is 10am. ? Note that all our dorms are mixed unless a girl 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, we cannot guarantee that you will all be staying in the same room. We suggest booking private rooms if you don't want your clients to be split. ?If you wish to cancel your reservation, you will need to notify us by email at reservations78@clinkhostels.com 48 hours in advance of your arrival date by 2.30pm (and 7 days before the arrival dates of the 29th, 30th and 31st of December 2014 ). However, if you only let us know the day before your arrival, or fail to show up on the arrival date, you will be charge in full for your stay. If you fail to show for your booking, your full booking will be cancelled. If you arrive a day 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. Groups (+15 people) ? You will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of the 1st night a week after booking is made. The balance will be required 3 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 on when booking we cannot guarantee for your group to be in the same rooms and depending on availability your booking might be cancelled. All group booking over 15 people between December 27th to December 31st inclusive are subject to confirmation by the hostel.

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81.6%

Overall Rating

774 out of 934 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Clink261'

Atmosphere
80.8%
Location
88.8%
Facilities
76.0%
Cleanliness
77.6%
Staff
87.2%
Value
81.6%
Safety
79.2%
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Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife

19 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Central location and good value for money if you're looking for a place to crash after a night out. Clean (except the kitchen which was a mess but then it was 1am on a Sat), good breakfast and nice tv area. Free luggage room and staff were friendly

Disliked: Checkout was 10am which is quite early if you've had a late one! 10 bed dorm was small and stuffy - beds were crowded in and there were no lockers and nowhere to put anything. Everyone was putting their clothes on the lino floor or had them on their bed with them! I'm glad I didn't have anything valuable with me as I would have been nervous about leaving it.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

18 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the staff is really friendly and helpful! the location next to st pancras is really handy. the rooms towards the street are noisy at nightime. the windows are really poor to keep it quiet. but all in all it's good value for the money you pay!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

09 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great Location.

Disliked: No free wifi access.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

konstantinos chalnaridis

With friends / other travellers

City break

03 December 2011 konstantinos would recommend this property

Liked: a very good chostel. very close to the underground, bus stops, shops. the atmosphere very good. nice passes your time, watching films, surfing the net, meet people from other countries, you become friends. is the best place to explore London. the rooms small but clean, the toilets do not smell and the bathrooms are clean.very good breakfast. the rooms are cozy and warm water. is the perfect choice for a cheap room in the center.

Disliked: The adapters should have are given free. all else was perfect

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

26 November 2011

Liked: every day the staff clean the rooms . and friendly

Disliked: my roomates were so noisy.... they were talking again and again when i was sleeping. And wifi is not free..

97.1%
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Dorothy Hunter

Alone

Work / volunteering

11 October 2011 Dorothy would recommend this property

Liked: friendly staff, nice vibrant atmosphere

Disliked: no privacy curtains on bed

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Work / volunteering

03 October 2011

Liked: The staff, including the cleaners, all spoke several languages and were friendly. The Kitchen facilities and downstairs hangout, the feel with the wall paper, furniture, modern computers, the couchs, the taps and mirrors in each room..

Disliked: Non-free wifi. The bathrooms-the smell, the holes in the walls, the showers excessive heating, the pushtaps, the mould on the roof, the bad lighting etc. The ladders to the topbunk were fun, but harder to use than a regular ladder and a little unbalancing if your left-side orientated.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Szabolcs Fekete

Alone

Events / festivals

03 October 2011 Szabolcs would recommend this property

Liked: I'd like to say special thanks to Alessio - receptionist who printed out our Fabric tickets. I'd like to have him promoted in any possible ways. Thanks- Szabi

Disliked: no free wifi and not enough safety place for our valuable things. Of corse the staff took care of my belongings

88.6%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Harry Wilding

Alone

Events / festivals

05 September 2011 Harry would recommend this property

Liked: Relaxed atmosphere, kept bags after checked out for free, comfortable beds

Disliked: Not enough lockers, beds not very private (no curtains)

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Andrew Adelman

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Work / volunteering

03 August 2011 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: it was great, easy, and efficient

Disliked: no in room storage for your things.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

01 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everything

Disliked: Security

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

21 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The beds were good with the privacy screens and our lockers on top on the beds. The bar was good and it is close to the train station. The staff were nice and friendly and fit us in last minute.

Disliked: There were kids and families staying there which was kind of weird

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

albie higgins

Alone

City break

19 July 2011 albie would recommend this property

Liked: it was quite compact so everyone talks to each other much more than in the big hostels

Disliked: you cant control the temperature of the showers so its typically very hot..

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

12 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

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

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

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

07 July 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location of hostel, friendliness of staff and also they were really helpful

Disliked: the bathrooms need renovation

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Joe Hall

Alone

Business / conference
City break
Visiting friends or family

03 July 2011 Joe would recommend this property

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.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

01 July 2011

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.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Brad Dewys

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

29 June 2011 Brad would recommend this property

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.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Business / conference
Work / volunteering

26 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

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.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

26 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

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.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

20 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness, modernity of the place

Disliked: The atmosphere

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

20 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location

Disliked: bathrooms a bit small and smelly too

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Kevin Siu

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

13 June 2011 Kevin would recommend this property

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.

The property's response is...

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

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.

The property's response is...

45.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 June 2011

Liked: Close to public transport

Disliked: they charge you for everything, this is the first place that I have had to pay for wifi, 5 pound a day! They also charge you for a map aswell once again the first place I've stayed athat has done this. It's on an extremely busy street where the police and ambulance drive past sirens blaring every 2 minutes. They have music pumping through the hallways all day long so if you head out and don't get back till late in the morning don't expect to get much sleep. Over all not a good place to stay, make this a last resort!

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