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.