What are Clink hostels?

Clink Hostels is a European hostel company that has 2 hostels in London and 1 in Amsterdam. We offer cheap budget accommodation to backpackers, travellers and groups in dorms and private rooms. We are ideally suited for 18-35 years old but we don’t have an age limit, so everyone is welcome!

Can I bring kids under 16 years of age?

Yes, but only in private bookings (not large groups) and guests bringing their under-16 children must book whole dorms or private rooms. Teenagers between 16-17 can be booked into shared dorms but must be accompanied by someone over the age of 18 years.

Can you guarantee my friends and I are going to stay in the same room?

We make every effort to make sure you and your friends are placed in the same room. In the unlikely event that we can’t put you together, we’ll let you know well in advance.

What time is check in?

Check in is from 2:30pm till 4am in London and 2:30pm till 12am in Amsterdam. Our receptions are open 24/7 but if you are arriving late, please inform our reservations or reception team (Clink78, Clink261, ClinkNOORD). If you arrive prior to check-in time, you can leave your luggage in our FREE luggage room or use our secure lockers (charges apply).

What time is check out?

You will need to check out of you room by 10am on you day of departure and hand back in your key card to reception. You can use our luggage rooms or our secure lockers (charge applies) to store your luggage if you are not departing the city until later in the day.

How do I get to Clink?

Both our London and Amsterdam locations are very well connected.

London: Both hostels are only a short walk/bus from Kings Cross Train/Tube Station. For more information, check out the location page for either hostel, or check out our handy directions video!

Amsterdam: ClinkNOORD is only a short walk and ferry from Centraal Station. For more information, check out the location page on ClinkNOORD or check out our “how to get here” page.

What’s a dorm room?

A dorm room means you’ll be sharing your room with other travellers/backpackers/guests. It’s the cheapest option and the best room type to stay in for meeting fellow travellers and new friends

What’s a private room?

A private room is a single, twin or double room that is for just you and your friends. You won’t be sharing your room with people you don’t know, so it’s the room to book if you’re after privacy.

What’s the difference between a twin room and a double room?

A twin room is a room that has 1 bunk bed or 2 single beds and a double room is a room that has one double bed (1 bed that fits 2 people).

What’s an en-suite room?

A room that has its own bathroom. Note that if you have booked a en-suite dorm, the bathroom will be shared between the guests staying in the dorm with you. Clink261 is the only hostel we have that does not have any en-suite rooms.

What’s a basic room?

A basic room means you have no bathroom in your room. You will need to use the communal bathrooms located on each floor near your room.

Are the dormitories mixed?

Our dorms are mixed unless you book a female or deluxe female room (available at Clink78 hostel London only). There are no male only dorms in any of our hostels.

Are the bathrooms mixed or single sex?

Most of our bathrooms are single sex (boys or girls). However, we have a couple of bathrooms that are for both but, rest assured, they are very private!

Can I smoke in the hostels?

All of our hostels are strictly, non-smoking. In London according to English law which came into effect in 2007, it is forbidden to smoke in public places. So you will have to smoke on the street right in front of all of our hostels.

Can I bring alcohol into the hostel?

You can in Clink261 but not in Clink78 or ClinkNOORD, where it is strictly prohibited due to our bar license agreement. Note that you will be fined £50/€50 if you bring alcohol into Clink78 or ClinkNOORD, and the alcohol will be confiscated until your departure.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

You don’t need to bring a sleeping bag. We provide a pillow, a duvet and a bed sheet. For hygiene reasons, we actually only allow you to use the bed linen provided by us.

What time can we get breakfast?

London: Continental breakfast in FREE in both of our London locations and is served everyday in the kitchen/dining-room between 7-10am. It consists of toast, cereal, juice, tea, coffee and jams and butters.

Amsterdam: Breakfast costs 6.90€ and is served everyday in the kitchen/dining-room between 7-10am. It consists of toast, cereal, juice, tea, coffee, jams and butters, hams, cheese, and a selection of different hot snacks on a daily basis.

When can we use the self-catering kitchen?

Clink hostels’ self-catering kitchens are open everyday from 12.30pm until midnight in London and 12pm until midnight in Amsterdam. The kitchen is used to served breakfast in the mornings and, therefore, cannot be used by guests during this time.

What are the bar opening times?

ClashBAR is located at Clink78 in London and is open every day from 6pm in Winter and 7pm in Summer until late.

ZincBAR is located at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam and is  open every day from 6pm until 1am (except on special events).

Where can I get info about London?

At our TravelSHOP at Clink78 London hostel or our travel desk at Clink261 hostel – they provide you with all the information or questions you may have about London. If the TravelSHOP at Clink78 hostel London is closed, you’re welcome to ask staff or reception; they’ll be happy to answer your questions, give you tips and book trips/tickets for you. Equally, you can either Download out helpful app, ClinkSOCIAL, which has everything you need to know about our hostels, our check out our helpful guides page on London, which has lot’s of information on things to do in the city.

Where can I get info about Amsterdam,?

At our reception in ClinkNOORD. Our very knowledgeable reception team can provide you with all the information you need and will be happy to answer an questions. You can also book tickets, trips, tours and hire bikes directly from them. Equally, you can also Download out helpful app, ClinkSOCIAL, which has everything you need to know about our hostels. Equally, you can either Download out helpful app, ClinkSOCIAL, which has everything you need to know about our hostels, our check out our helpful guides page on Amsterdam, which has lot’s of information on things to do in the city.

Where can I leave my things?

Once you have checked in, you can use the head locker by the head of your bed for small items, such as passports, cameras, phones, etc which you just need to bring your own padlock for or buy one at reception. Before check-in or after check-out, you can store your luggage in our FREE luggage room or use one of our secure lockers in the reception areas or internet courtroom in Clink78 (charges apply).

Is the hostel safe and secure?

Our hostels are safe and secure. The reception is manned 24/7. To access the front entrance throughout the day, you need to use your room key-card, as well as to access key areas of the hostel and to access your room. Key-cards are only created for guests currently staying in the hostel and are locked to the room you have been assigned. Security checks are carried out every night and CCTV cameras are in operation in all communal areas and corridors.

How can I book a bed/room?

The easiest way to book is online by clicking on our book now page or you can contact our reservations team by phone on 020 7183 9400 or email on reservations@clinkhostels.com.

Can I just turn up to the hostel to book a bed/room?

Of course you can! We always try to keep few beds available for walk-ins. However, please note that in the summer season and at weekends, it can be very busy in London and Amsterdam. To avoid disappointment, it’s best to book in advance via our booking page, by phone (0044 20 7183 9400) or by email clearing stating which hostel you would like o stay at.

Why do you need my credit card details?

We need your credit card details to make a reservation, as full payment will be taken at the time of booking.

What payment methods do you accept upon check-in?

At check-in, you can pay by cash Pound Sterling in London or by Euros in Amsterdam, or by credit card for any bookings made on other websites that are not owned by Clink Hostels.

Do you provide confirmation letters for embassies?

We’re unable to provide confirmation letters to embassies. We’re sorry for any inconvenience but this is something that Clink Hostels can not supply.

Why do the rates vary?

Hostels operate like airlines. From time to time we offer early bird specials, last-minute deals and packages, but these offers run for a certain period of time and if you wish to benefit from them you need to book directly with us, either via our website, telephone (0044 20 7183 9400) or email, while the offer is still available.

How can I contact a guest?

As we are a youth/backpacker hostel company, we don’t have phones in our bedrooms. You can call our Clink78 reception (0044 20 3475 3000), Clink261 reception (0044 20 7713 7789) or ClinkNOORD reception (0031 20 2149 731) and leave a message. We will try and place a note in the guests room. If you wish to send post to a guest staying at one of our hostels in London, please make sure the envelope is addressed to either:

Clink78, full name of guest, 78 Kings Cross Road, London WC1X 9QG, UK


Clink261, full name of guest, 261-265 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8QT, UK.

If you wish to send post to a guest staying at ClinkNOORD in Amsterdam, please make sure the envelope is addressed to:

ClinkNOORD, full name of guest, Badhuiskade 3, 1031 KV Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Please note that we can’t take responsibility for post, even if it is recorded/registered.

What are your terms & conditions?

You can Read our terms & conditions here.