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Hostelz.com's Review
At Ashlee House, the reception area is bright and welcoming, with the London tube map as wallpaper and a funky fake-fur sofa. The other communal areas are in the basement, including a tiny chill-out area, kitchen, and internet corner. The lack of space there would hinder any attempt to meet people, especially since the staff do not allow people to hang out in the kitchen, even though the chill-out area is so tiny.

The shared bathrooms are compact, but fairly clean and with strong hot water showers. Other facilities include a luggage storage room and a laundry. The room is more closet than anything else. The six-room dorms are poorly lit with bunk beds squeezed together and barely enough space to turn around. There is a sink in the room but the light switch is outside! There are six hooks for coats, but not a cupboard or locker in sight. (The staff's advice is to keep any valuables in the luggage room when you go out for the day -- comforting news!)

The most unfortunate part of the hostel is the state of the bedding. The candy-striped duvet covers may look cheery and inviting on the website, but they are clearly not washed very often, and probably haven't been since those photos were taken. One of the girls in our room woke up in the middle of the night crying that her face and legs had been bitten by bedbugs.

The best thing about the hostel is its location. It is situated conveniently near King's Cross/St. Pancras train and tube stations. It is a ten-minute walk from the station, where you can catch train services to the rest of the country. However, the surroundings are rather dodgy, and King's Cross is apparently where a few other hostels are located -- ones provided for the homeless, that is. In addition, the hostel is on a main street across a club that plays loud music throughout the night, so ask for a room facing the back if you can.

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Clink261 Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Clean, Great Location but very Institutional This is a great hostel if you are in a party and big crowd mood. It is clean and in a great location. It has a very institutional feel like a HI Hostel. They do host large groups of children here at times. When I was there they had a group of over 100 French children age 8 to 12. All very well behaved but they are children and it did bring the noise level up and add to the lines in the shared baths and the breakfast line in the morning. All in all a good choice if you are in a party mood. Met guests here from 8 years old to 80 years old. Love that.  , age 49, USA ()
4   Very good fantastic design, I love the position and the interior lights are very balanced, so cool.  , age 30, indonesia ()
4   Clean and Fun We had a lot of fun at this hostel. Very nice people. The breakfast was terrible but the internet was cheap, and the staff were so helpful. It was a very safe and secure with not many rules at all. Our only problem was two people who were very rude to us just because we were from america. Otherwise it was great.  , United States ()
4   Good place to stay Ashlee house offers comfortable beds, a very good breakfast, a good shower, nice common areas, but the location is not the best one if you want to walk to touristic attractions.  , canada ()
5   Great value, friendly people This is a really good hostel with friendly people. It is just out of the way enough to make it affordable, but still close enough to central tube lines. The atmosphere is relaxed, but not dumpy. It's a great place for a london visit, and the staff was exceedingly friendly.  , USA ()
3  This hostel is located in Kings Cross which is in central London but is nicely away from the main tourist trap areas. It is around two hundred meters from Kings Cross/St.Pancras in what may look like a fairly run down area. The immediate surrounding area has lots of cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets, and convenience stores. Booking can be made on-line at www.ashleehouse.co.uk. Check-in opens at two-thirty p.m., where you present your reference number, complete payment, collect bed linen and you are given your relevant door entry security codes. You can also pay a refundable deposit of five pounds for your cutlery and crockery hire. I stayed in a sixteen-bed, mixed sex dormitory. The beds were bunk beds and were of a more than adequate size. The room had two sinks for washing. There are no bedside cabinets or lockers in the room. A safe is available in reception and also a luggage room which is closed between eleven p.m. and seven a.m. Toilets and shower facilities were of a fairly basic, low standard, not very clean and fresh but just about adequate for the short time you need them. Bring your own towel. Kitchen was really quite pleasant. Good amount of tables, chairs, breakfast bars, and stools. Breakfast is included in the price and consists of cereals, toast, tea, or coffee. Guests are expected to clean up after themselves. Lounge area was small. Two sofas, drinks vending machine, music, movie, games console, and internet access in a small side room. Overall a good place to stay. Toilets are a big let down which management should turn their attention to imediately. Staff were not very easily identifiable. Secutity was fairly good. I would give it six out of ten because there is a bit of room for improvement in all areas. Price -- I paid eighteen pounds (euros twenty-six) for one night in a sixteen-bed mixed dormitory in July on a Friday night.  ()
3  Ashlee's house is an average hostel, nothing to write home about. We stayed in a four bed room which was small and clean and convenient since there were four of us. The beds were comfortable and there was a sink in the room. The only problem was that there was very little space to put your backpacks/suitcases. The staff was helpful at giving directions and the breakfast consisted of cereal and toast. The hostel is in the center of London although you are about 20-30 minutes walking from the heart of the city. My biggest complaint is that the bathroom was not very clean. There was hair all over the shower and one of the toilets was backed up the 2 days/1 night we were there. It appeared that they only cleaned the bathrooms once a day, which left it looking dirty. Overall, I would recommend choosing a different hostel.  ()
5  it was clean and quiet and nice people to chat with at night, in all i liked it.  ()

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