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The California
Ranked #366 of 1,088 Hotels in London
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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“Clean, great value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

Stayed with a group of friends, there was a mix up with the room but this was sorted quickly. The rooms are spotlessly clean, comfortable and plenty of tea/coffee for all. Staff friendly, even if English was a challenge. Just next door to Kings Cross station but surprisingly quiet. Breakfast was standard buffet. Fantastic value for money in the centre of town.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

We stayed in the Hotel California for four nights in early September with a school group of 18. It was the perfect accommodation for us. Many different configurations of rooms so easy to allocate rooms to the students. Very reasonable price that made a trip to London affordable. Great location next to Kings Cross underground station so moving around London was very simple. The staff at the hotel were all very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was a hearty and plentiful Full English. We had no complains from the students and given how fussy teenagers can be that is high praise. The rooms were comfortable and clean. I have put family in the choice below as we were really a large family, two teachers, 16 kids. We will definitely plan to use this hotel again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

It has small rooms but if your a solo person you ask for a double you get a bigger room that`s just right.in size. A lot of the hard working friendly staff seem to be eastern European or some sort of Russian, though there are some Brits. The beds are comfortable and the breakfast is very good. the rooms are modern and simple. there is a small closet for luggage if you need to flex your room usage. (say you arrive before your rooms ready.) One bit of inconvenience to warn about, there are lots of steep stairs, and the hallways between rooms upstairs can be narrow. but compared to a similar property in London I have reviewed, it is much better. ( i wont say other than the other property goes by initials PP, and is worse, but ill leave it there.) Like a lot of the smaller microtells in the king's cross area it was built in an old subdivided block mini-masion like the sort you see as exterior on upstairs downstairs, and so i 'm sure fitting a hotel in is a trick and a half, but i think thev`e managed alright and ive no serious complaints.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Staid in this hotel for two nights 13th - 14th aug 2013, great little hotel, after minner check in prob was sorted out, were in a room on top floor well kepted clean, nice bathroom not much water pressure to shower but managed. Breakfast was good hotel going through little bit renovation beside reception, also nice small outside space at back of hotel with chairs and table. I felt aircon would also help, also there is no lift could be a problem to some with heavy cases, would i stay again yes

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

I made this booking on the fly while stranded in London due to the snow. My only criteria was for it to be close to Kings Cross.

The California Hotel seemed OK in the pictures, but the reality was somewhat different.

The man who greeted us in the middle of the night wasn't terribly friendly. He kept reminding us that we had got a good deal and that rooms should have been £200+ per night... Seriously, if I paid that much I might have really taken issue with the state of the place.

No hot water, shower didn't work properly and the towels didn't smell that clean.

There might be a lift, but our greeter did not point it out. There was no help upstairs with our luggage. The room was small & a bit smelly. The only refreshments were from a badly stocked vending machine.

OK if you are stuck, but do not attempt to stay here any longer than a single night for the ease of the location.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

Travelled with 2 children and booked a family room which was lovely and spacious. The hotel is in a perfect location 2 minutes from kings cross station on a lovely quiet Victorian street. The hotel is very clean and staff are polite and helpful. Breakfast was beautiful, buffet style with plenty of choice. Highly recommended and fantastic price.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

Very handy location for mainline and underground stations. Although we were aware that breakfast was advertised as 7 - 9, when we said that we had to be at the Eurostar for 7, we were told that we could have a cooked breakfast at 6.30, very helpful.
No lift - we were on the 4th floor, with narrow stairwells this could be a problem for some. We were however offered a ground floor room but as we were there on a very hot night we preferred to be able to have the windows wide open as there was no air conditioning or fans. The room was small but typical for this class of London hotel, bathroom was smartly decorated and both were very clean. Would use again if travelling through Kings Cross / St Pancras.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The California

Property: The California
Address: 4 - 8 Belgrove Street, London E1 0NS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Regent's Park / Kings Cross
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#353 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The California 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The California is a charming, modern bed and breakfast, less than a minute's walk away from King's Cross and St. Pancras stations. Our 60 stylishly refurbished rooms, each one cosy and comfortable, are spread over four Georgian townhouses, and we've retained as much of the original architecture as possible; our windows, corridors and staircases are all original. This means that we don't have a lift, but we do keep our reception open 24 hours a day, include breakfast and high speed WiFi in all our rates and have just opened our new bar, lounge and private terrace for our guests to enjoy. Welcome to The California London. Visit anytime, explore every time. ... more   less 
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