To be honest, I found the hostel's website a little misleading. I have a feeling that the hostel hasn't been updated since those pictures were taken, it definitely could have used a coat of paint. I stayed on the 3rd floor, and there was no female bathroom on my floor, meaning I had to carry all my shower stuff up and down to the 2nd floor if I needed a shower. That being said, the awkwardly located bathroom was always clean.
Security for the building was quite good as you had to use your key card to access the front door, the door to the elevators/stairs and your room.
My room was very tiny, and I had to put my small suitcase (carry-on sized) in the luggage storage room because there were no lockers in the room. It was quite uncomfortable if more than one person was trying to get up at the same time.
Having a free breakfast was great, and the common room with the big TV was also great.
All in all, I don't know if I'd stay there again. It had some good points, such as breakfast and the staff were very nice and helpful, but the location made me a little iffy about safety, and the size/layout was rather inconvenient especially for the price. I thought I'd be at a much newer (or more recently renovated) hostel than what I saw.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clink261 has been redesigned and refurbished making it a London's most stylish hostel. The feeling is East London; draped in Union Jacks, a picture of the Queen adorning the wall and a cosy fireplace, it screams London! Staying with us puts you right in the centre of London, a short walk away from the British Museum, Covent Garden, Soho, Oxford Street, Camden Market and many of London's major tourist attractions. So if it's the real London experience you're looking for, come to Clink261! As well as offering a variety of dorm beds and private rooms, we also offer:- - FREE continental buffet breakfast.- FREE bed linen- FREE luggage room storage- FREE safety deposit for valuables- FREE movies on big screen every night- FREE travel information- Fully equipped self-catering kitchen- Female only rooms- Lounge Area: play Wii or kick back and relax in our lounge area with its huge plasma TV- Chic internet room: write emails, talk via skype or share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter!- Laundry room- Direct links to Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Victoria.- 5 minute walk to St Pancras International - for catching an early train to Paris. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clink261 Hotel London
- Clink261 Hostel London, England