Clink261 Hostel




The Review

Located in the heart of Kings Cross, London, Clink261is a British hostel that is perfect for a cheap stay, no matter your reason for visiting the English capital.

The Location

Clink261 is conveniently located in central London, less than a five-minute walk from Kings Cross station. This is particularly helpful if you want to be close to the tube as Kings Cross is a central hub, meaning you can get to various parts of the city with ease. It is also convenient for onwards travel as King Cross station has direct lines to several airports and is also where the Eurostar departs.

For those in London for sightseeing, this is an ideal location as it is extremely easy to get to most of the most popular tourist attractions, whether you prefer to walk or catch public transport.

Being so close to such a busy part of London does have one downside, however. The lively atmosphere can sometimes be heard in the rooms that face the street, especially if the windows are left open. If you’re a light sleeper, earplugs are recommended.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms at Clink 261 are clean and safe, albeit a little cramped. Although there are secure lockers underneath beds to store some things, the floor space in some dorms is limited. This means when the rooms are full and people have large backpacks or suitcases, it can get a little crowded.

Each bed has its own shelf, a light, power outlets for charging devices, and a privacy screen. Pillows and fresh linen are supplied and beds are quite comfortable.

While the bathrooms are small, they are clean and never seem to get too busy, despite the number of people staying at the hostel. If you are staying in a female-only dorm, the bathrooms are located on the female-only floor.

Common Spaces

In terms of common spaces, Clink 261 is well equipped. The reception area contains seating and plenty of power outlets, perfect for chilling out and charging your phones or laptops. There is also a self-catering kitchen (which serves a free breakfast consisting of cereal, toast, coffee, tea, juice etc. for guests every morning) and common room in the basement area. The common room has lounges and a TV; it is decorated with a fun, welcoming vibe. There is also a laundry room available for use. Guests of Clink261 are also allowed access to sister hostel Clink78’s bar, if you’re looking for a more vibrant place to hang out.


Clink261 is a value-for-money hostel in a conveniently located area. It’s reasonably priced for a London hostel and is easy to get to no matter how you arrived in the city.
by Erin Staff Reviewer
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Clink261 is a stone's throw from Kings Cross Station
Reception area at Clink261
Reception area has cosy spots to hang out
Dorm rooms are comfy but small
There's not much space for luggage in the dorm rooms at Clink261
Kitchen/Common room at Clink261
Free breakfast is served in the Clink261 kitchen every morning
Laundry facilities are available
Bathroom at Clink261
Clink261's showers are modern and clean


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Clink261 Hostel" at 261-265 Grays Inn Road.)


261-265 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London, Greater London, England
51.529070, -0.120137 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+44 20 7183 9400
+ 44 (0)20 7833 9677
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77% Guest Reviews

Clean hostel
I stayed in the 4 person dormitory, and it was clean but very very tiny. Probably more suited for 4 friends traveling together. Also, only 2 lockers were available for use in the room so if it's already taken up, tough luck! The cleaning lady is very diligent with her work and cleans the room properly, will even move your bag on the floor to clean under it. Love her! There are no female bathrooms/toilets located on the 3rd floor, so you'll have to go to the 2nd floor. The showers are ok, proper cubicle with area to dry yourself and change. The water pressure could be a little better though. My only real complaint is the wifi, which was supposed to be available throughout, but in actual fact, only worked well on the ground floor. Whilst the signal remained strong on level 3, the Internet simply wouldn't work anyhow, and even if it did for a bit, it would stop working again midway. This was very very frustrating to me as I often needed to make my way down to the reception just to use the wifi.
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
Very good
fantastic design, I love the position and the interior lights are very balanced, so cool.
Age 30, indonesia
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)
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.
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.
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.
Rachel Quek
  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 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.
So merton

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