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“Walking distance from Kings Cross” 4 of 5 stars
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Clink78 Hostel
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   78 Kings Cross Road, London WC1X 9QG, England (Clerkenwell)   |  
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Ranked #199 of 684 Specialty Lodging in London
Grimsby, England, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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“Walking distance from Kings Cross”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

A pretty good location, walking distance from Kings Cross station. Pubs, eateries and a really nice Vietnamese restaurant a couple of minutes down the road (Sen Viet - who do deep fried ice cream.) Friendly staff, but sometimes a bit of a wait at reception. Amazing building, Clink 78 is housed in an old court house. The holding can be seen in the basement near the luggage room (which there is no charge to use.) The 12 bed rooms I slept in was a bit cramped, and there were no under bed lockers. Electronic door entry card for my room kept malfunctioning and twice I had to go down (five floors in the lift) to reception to have it reprogrammed. Bit of poo on the wall in the fifth floor bathroom -urk! Noise from the ground floor carried all the way up to the fifth. Breakfast was nice, cereals, toast, tea, juices. Artwork on wall. The internet suite was in the old courtroom. Sat in the judges chair while surfing the net, which was an experience. Good fun.
Plenty of things to keep residents happy in the evening beer pong in the bar, quiz nights. On the whole it was a good experience for under £14.00 a night .

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Clink261, Manager at Clink78 Hostel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
How amazing is sen viet!! Staff and guests alike always sing its praises. Delicious if I do say so myself. Apologies for any wait, reception can get super busy sometimes, and although we try and help everyone as fast as possible sometimes it’s a bit of a task! We used to have lockers under the beds! But there was a big problem where guests who checked out would leave things in lockers with there padlock on them which would make it impossible for guests to store there bags! So we got rid of them, but are currently in talks with companys for new lockers for the rooms. The key cards can sometimes malfunction as, because they are electronic, sometimes when there near credit cards of phones it can fry the system! Sorry to hear about the bathroom incident! Some people shock me they really do, but rest assured we have cleaners cleaning bathrooms everyday so if there was poo on the floor we garuntee it wouldn’t be there for very long at all! As luckily we have amazingly hard working housekeepers . so so super happy that overall you had a good time  hope to see you back at the Clashbar soon!
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    4 of 5 stars
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Leiria, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Nice and friendly people. Well decorated place and a good bed to sleep.
The all you can eat breakfast was assorted with many options and fresh food. Maybe it couls have some fruit.

Great place to stay with friends in London,

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clink261, Manager at Clink78 Hostel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Were always glad to hear that guests feel welcomed and comfortable in our hostel, and that they appreciate our interior decorator skills! We try and make the breakfast as varied as possible! Fruit is a great suggestion, and definitely something we can look into introducing. Thanks for your feedback! Glad you had a nice stay :
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We were three girls who stayed in a 12 beds room. The room was clean, but extremely tight. There was almost no space on the floor to put the bags. There were no lockers either.
However, the hostel was very clean and nice. I was positively surprised by the showers. The free breakfast is a plus as well, even though you don't get much to choose from.
Really good service and friendly people.
I'd recommend this hostel, and will stay there again if I ever go to London again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Clink261, Manager at Clink78 Hostel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Hi there !

Thank you for your review ! Unfortunately our rooms tend to be smaller as the building is listed, it's a very old courthouse with a lot of history and we can't take any of the walls down, we have to keep it the way it was built ! We're really happy you enjoyed everything else and hope you'll be coming back soon ! :-)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We only stayed here one night..after coming from a very small hostel it was a bit of shock for purely the size of the place, however, the service was really friendly and we even got upgraded from a 14bed to an 8 bed for the same price. The showers are a bit annoying, only one tempreture and limited time but the beds were really good with lots of privacy. location is very close to metro.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Clink261, Manager at Clink78 Hostel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Ah yes can only imagine the shock, Clink is a BIIIIIIG hostel. Ah we upgraded you? We must have liked you ;) haha just kidding. We always try to upgrade our guests when we can, as we want you to understand how important you are to us and how we want to make you happy  shame about the showers, but don’t worry, were on it now! Getting quotations for new water temperature controls actually. Glad you like the dorm beds, nothings better than checking in after hours of traveling and transit, exhausted, just to jump on your new bed and to find out its comfortable! Hope to see you back at the clink soon!
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I stayed with a group of girls and it wasn't quite what we were expecting from the website. The place was extremely busy, the rooms were ok, but very tight and we all found the top bunks a bit of a nightmare to climb up onto. We didn't try the breakfast or the bar, as we only stayed for one night. The left luggage area was an absolute nightmare!! Absolutely full to the door, we had to lift one of our party into the room!! Wouldn't stay again, but wasn't all that bad.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Clink261, Manager at Clink78 Hostel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
It’s a shame you found the top bunks difficult to climb, we try and make our hostel as accessible and as comfortable as possible for our guests, and we actually usually have pretty positive reviews about the steps to our top bunds as there not thin, squeaky metal ladders like a lot of other hostels, but like we say, all feedback is good feedback. You didn’t try the Clashbar!! Well in that case you’ll just have to come back wont you? You havnt experienced clink if you havnt experience the CLASHBAR! Not just for drinking, but meeting people, making friends and listening to music, or chatting to our friendly bar staff. Ah our luggage room, im so sorry you checked out on such a busy day. It can be a nightmare, some people leave luggage in there for months, and we have no way of knowing if there checking out or using out luggage room as a free wardrobe! But this is something that we are currently working towards finding a solution for. Thanks for your feedback!
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

It's 5-10 mins walk from the Kings Cross Tube station, that connects you to everything in London! I like to walk so I didn't even need to use a Taxi there, and also I could go to Camden and Angel at night by walking, and didn't feel in danger at all (walking with 1 more person). The hostel itself have a great atmosphere, warm reception and kind staff, nice breakfast and tasty orange juice. Great cost-benefit!
The only drawback was the room infrastructure, but since my main point was to let my stuff and sleep, it suited me well.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clink261, Manager at Clink78 Hostel, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
So glad you found our location acessable and easy to find! And very happy you felt safe. It makes such a difference as a traveler to feel safe. Ah we love hearing that guests found the clink to have a positive atmosphere, and its always lovely to hear you found the staff welcoming, and glad you enjoyed your breakfast! Thanks for your reviews, great feedback!
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Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I stayed at this Clink Hostel for 9 nights in a 8 beds dorm.
It's close to King's Cross station and there's a really nice breakfast (cereals, toasts, juice, coffee, nutella, butter, cheese...) and the shower are always hot. The bar downstair is nice (so no alchool from outside) and there's a big kitchen if you want to cook. And the beds are confortable.
Even though the hostel was not that bad, I didn't really enjoy my stay. Here's why... The room was really cold and always bright, even during the night because there's was no curtain for the window. The hostel is really big and busy... In the morning, we always struggled to find a place to sit to eat our breakfast. We have to pay to use in the internet and the computer... Considering the size of the hostel (I read that there's 500 beds), there's not enough computers... Finally, the room was really small. There's no lockers and there's hardly enough space for everyone's luggages.

So a good place if you like to be surrounded by groups of students on holidays! Or if you're just there for a couple of nights!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 78 Kings Cross Road, London WC1X 9QG, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Clerkenwell
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Ranked #199 of 684 Specialty Lodging in London
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Hotel Class:2 star — Clink78 Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Clink is an amazing backpacker hostel in a converted court house! Experience an heritage building with a modern twist: internet and TV courtrooms, prison cells, pod beds, self-catering kitchen, funky bar... Judge for yourself! ... more   less 
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