I've stayed here at least a dozen times over the past year, because it's near my office and I use it during busy periods at work when I can't face commuting. If it wasn't so close to work I definitely wouldn't choose it.
The USP - that it's in an old Victorian court house - is meaningless: there's barely a trace of the original architecture or style evident inside. The decor is ugly, with bright orange walls in the female dorms and prison-grey walls in the mixed rooms.
The beds are the worst design for a hostel I've ever come across - they are made of metal, so any time you knock against them it makes a loud noise and hurts - and there are no hooks or shelves to put your things on, only a small metal locker in a sort of bar above your head. Because the bunks are packed together in rows, every movement someone makes, even if it's several beds from you, shakes your bed.
The bathrooms are clean, which is good, but the women's one is tiny and cramped with nowhere to put your spongebag while you wash. However there do always seem to be enough toilets that you never have to queue.
The reason I tolerate staying here is that it's reasonably quiet (despite being mostly inhabited by teenagers). The room lights always get turned off by common consent before 11pm, and people don't talk or make noise after that. The traffic noise is pretty loud as it's on a main road, but if you don't mind that you'll be OK. But if you're a late riser you might find it frustrating: most people tend to get up at 7.30 or 8, and as I said, their movements will probably shake you awake. (I can only speak for the female dorms here, not sure if the boys' habits differ!)
The staff are friendly and I've seen them take time to give people advice and directions. Breakfast is as much as you like of cereal and toast, which is quite good. And it's very conveniently located.
So: it's certainly not as grim as some hostels - but I can't recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clink is a social and stylish backpacker hostel in a converted court house! Experience a heritage building with a modern twist: internet and TV courtrooms, prison cells, private rooms, dorm rooms, self-catering kitchen, funky bar... Judge for yourself! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clink78 Hotel London
- Clink78 London, England