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“Usually quiet but badly designed” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Clink78
Ranked #68 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
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“Usually quiet but badly designed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2010

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.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2010

Just luking at the hostel's photos posted in the web you can dicover how much misleading they are... We were robbed by the cleaning staff 400 hundred pounds and a lot of tobbacco packages, and i say that 'cause it's demonstrable, although the other staff members don't wanted to recognise it while someone of them confessed us the truth... Moreover, i have to say that the rooms are as small as real clink cells. We were ten people in a really really little room without cabinets and mooving space. The beds are small and distressing. Also the food at breakfast time is low and of a poor quality. I must not forget to warn everybody that security stuff is truly incompetent and arrogant, so pay really attention to your stuff, specially the money and tobbaco. Definitely disappointing, disgusting and allegedly thief hostel...

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2010

I went there as a teacher with a group of 41 students between 14 and 17, and 3 colleagues. Well frankly that hostel has good sides : central location, clean linen, showers and toilets are OK as far as I could see (unless someone messed the place up), the staff at reception are friendly and very helpful. Nonetheless, it has MANY drawbacks too :
- Bar open till 2 am everyday, means that you're woken up by the drunks all the time between midnight and 4 am !!
- the catering is absolutely disgraceful : what you pay for if you want a hot dinner, is a little plastic box with a little food which they order from a private caterer, and more, you have to heat it up yourself in one of the two microwave ovens in the guest kitchen. Moreover, no one will explain to you how things work, they will just yell at you if you don't clear the table ! There is no drink included with the "dinner", all you get is tap water, or you can buy a drink from the bar nearby ... or can you ? Not unless you're 18, otherwise you can't even enter the bar area. That's why I spent half my evening buying cokes for my students ! Come on guys ... that's not what I call a good food service !
- One of the students had not understood bar regulations, and followed me into the bar area to buy a drink. Even though he was next to me, the staff there looked completely panicked, as if something incredibly serious was happening there. We, in Belgium, are completely UNABLE to understand that aspect of English laws. We are too Schengen-European minded.
- Breakfast ? basic cereal, bread which you have to toast yourself in one of the two toasters available in the aforementioned guest kitchen, and a queue of 100 people behind you, waiting for you to finish your toasting. No cooked breakfast, not even the slightest impression to be in England.
- the rooms are TINY : they can pack 10 people in 10-square-meter dorms ! Japanese-style, as I may say.
- Some of my students were scolded by the staff at 10 pm on the first night, as they were talking in their dorm and going to shower rooms. They were threatened to pay a fine, all the stuff as mentioned in preceding comments. Well, OK, but I regret no one was there to scold the drunks when they were waking everybody up between 1 am and 4 am !!
- I went to a dorm which is at the front of the building. I put my hand on the wall, and it was damp ! the whole walls are damp ! And the old single-pane windows which open with great difficulty, and then will no longer close ! terrible.
- If you want to smoke, you are of course pleased to do it outside. But if you dare smoke on the steps, they will chase you ! Of course they want you to smoke in the rain, that's logical : that's their way of treating a customer. A notice tells you that the law prohibits smoking on the steps ... even if the steps are outside the building. There is also a smokers' area near the bar : a very tiny yard between buildings, and in the rain as well !
- The building is huge, and it takes a little practice to find your room. On my third night there, at about 1 am, I came across two poor guys wandering in the corridor with their heavy bags, all they needed was a sleep ... they couldn't find their room ! I had to find it for them in that maze. No one from the staff had told them where to find it. I was happy to help, but where was the staff ? Chasing smokers ? Scolding people somewhere ? Oh, yes, I forgot to tell you : they sell you a bed for the night, that's all. For fhe rest, you have to sort it out yourself - no one is there to help you, all they want is your money.

To sum things up, I'd say if you're a teacher and want to do a trip to London with your students, don't go there ! Book vastly in advance and try to get rooms at YHA Thameside. That one is a hostel. The Clink is not, unless you're 18+ and want to booze.

In one word : like in the army, but you have to pay for that.

  • Stayed March 2010
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Sturgeon Point, Ontario
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2010

Maybe you can't expect too much from a hostel, but for me I wasn't impressed (and neither was my travel partner).

The room we stayed in was very small, with a bunk bed and about 5 square feet beside it. The bathroom was also very small. There is a bar as part of the hotel, and at night there would always be loud drunk college students running and yelling around the halls, which would be fun if you were one of them, but if you are trying to get sleep it isn't so fun.

If you can make it through the night, the location is great. King's Cross bisects central London, and a half hour walk will take you right down to the Thames river and the London Eye / other landmarks. There is also a bus right outside the hostel, which is convenient.

The hostel offers WiFi, which has a medium speed in most parts of the building, but the strongest is in the internet room, a renovated courtroom. The WiFi is not free, and costs 1 pound per half an hour. The speed wasn't worth the price.

It is a very social place with many people from all cultures staying there, and from all age groups - however, when I was there, it was dominated by college students. If you are younger than 18 (drinking age) or don't drink or party, I wouldn't recommend this place over some other hostels. If you are there with a group of friends and like to party and are over 18, this place might be more your style, as the bar is filled with people almost all night. Every night of the month is a themed night in the bar, which can lead to some fun partying.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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berlin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2010

this hostel is the worst i have ever stayed. the stuff treats you like a a five or less year old child and if you do not behave the way they want it, you will have to pay a fine of 50 pounds, leave the hostel or they will call the police. if you do not have it cash, they force you to go in the middle of the night even as a young girl (25 years old ; )) by herself to go to a cashmachine!!! well, lucky we are! we didnt have to pay for the other 2 drinks that were in the room!!! THANKS again for this nice stay in the clink [--]!
i recommend you highly to search for a different hostel even if the photos and the website look so nice. every time you have to go to a toilet, there will be NO! toiletpaper, sometimes also without a light!! be happy if the toilet works itself. the rooms are as small as they pronounce it in the internet, "prison cell" and you will also feel like a prisoner!!!and be always sure not to sit at the steps of the hostel!!! then the military like employee will come and get you!!!and you will have to pay another fine of 50 pounds!! and dont argue, therwise he will lose his job and call the police!!
i really do not recommend this hostel at all!!! its a [--] place, i stayed in london with 8 other friends and they have the same opinion, so be sure to book another!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2010

This hostel has a very good location and is easily accessible. Also it has a funky theme and a good vibe. However the price is far too high. It was 20 pound for a bed in a 14 man dorm and the beds were so close you could barely move.
Also the free breakfast only consisted only of cereal and toast. The showers were fairly poor and the doors were hanging off the hinges.
I would recommend staying in the Travel Lodge when is the building next door. It is cheaper(I think) and has a cooked breakfast. And you can still go into the funky bar in the Clink.
To sum it up I'd recommend but only if you get a rate of 10 pound or under.

  • Stayed March 2010
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Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2010

Booked into the Clink hostel for a couple of nights. Decided to stay in a cell room as they sounded quite unique were a good price. What we hadn't bargained on was the fact that these cell rooms don't actually have a lock on the door; neither do they have a handle to shut them. There were 6 of these rooms next to one another along a corridor that had a unique opening key, but effectively once you were in the corridor between the rooms you could get into all of them freely. They did come with locking boxes in them, but they had all been so badly mistreated that they couldn't be used. BASICALLY THERE WASN'T ANYWHERE SECURE TO STORE YOUR POSSESSIONS IN THE CELL ROOMS. We reported this to the reception who said that we just had to trust everyone else in the other cells, but having never met these people before I was not comfortable doing this. Ended up having to walk around London for the day with all my valuables.

On our second night we managed to get another room within the Hostel that came with a locking door. That room was very comfortable and we didn't get charged for upgrade. However it wasn't until we arrived back at 11pm till we realised that it must have been over the Clink Bar, which RAN THUMPING MUSIC TILL THE BACK OF 1. Therefore didn’t end up with a very good sleep on the second night either.

Furthermore, the BREAKFAST IS VERY BASIC (bowls of coco pops and toast) which we skipped due to the queue both days.

In defence of the place, I imagine for single travellers this place would be great. Furthermore, the staff were very nice and helpful. However this review is written from the perspective of a couple and should be read as such.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Clink78
Address: 78 King's Cross Road, London WC1X 9QG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Clerkenwell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast
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Ranked #68 of 828 Specialty Lodging in London
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Hotel Class:2 star — Clink78 2*
Number of rooms: 100
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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