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“Lucky last minute find”
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Hotel California
Ranked #121 of 177 Hotels in Bordeaux
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Travelling back from Spain needed to break the trip and Bordeaux seemed sensible after agonizing on the motorway where to stay. Quick google at 9 o'clock at night, booked it online, really good value but turned up while things were a bit lively in and around the station. One of us popped in to find out where the parking was because on road parking looked decidedly dodgy!!
Concierge really helpful, parking is in the Ibis car park a very short walk down the road, passcoded, secure, very reassuring.
Wacky room, was like being in hand painted dolls house!! No aircon, bit of a pain but comfy bed and spotlessly clean.
Breakfast spot on next morning in the quirky breakfast room (more fascinating mixes of decorative styles)
All in all a great last minute find that did the job really well

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank oldcider
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Isabelle D, Responsable réception at Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2014

Hello
Thank you for taking the time to post about your experience in our hotel.
We are very glad you enjoyed the decoration of both your room and the breakfast area. As we are a family hotel, we strive to create a lively and friendly atmosphere for our clients so they can feel at ease. With that same goal in mind, our team is available at all times of day or night so any need of our clients might be adressed in a timely manner, as you have seen.
We apologize about the lack of any air conditionning in the room, but as we are a fairly small business we currently cannot equip our rooms with those appliances.
Best regards,
Isabelle and her team

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed here after a long train ride from Frankfurt through Paris. We were tired. The hotel is across the road from the train station which made it convenient. It is basic but clean. The internet worked well. There is no elevator and the stairwell is a challenge if you have bulky or heavy luggage. We had dinner at the restaurant next door, step out and turn right. It was good.
We had a good sleep. Breakfast is a rip off and should be avoided - again the restaurant next door is better at half the price. There is also good food in the train station.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank OldFart06
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Isabelle D, Responsable réception at Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2014

Hello
Thank you for taking the time to post about your experience in our hotel.
We do our best so our establishment is always fully sanitized for the benefit of our clients, and as most of them hold reunions or are on business trips, having a good internet connection is also high on our priority list.
Concerning the elevator, we can only apologize. We cannot undertake the modifications necessary to make an elevator possible as it would destroy our stairwell, which gives our hotel a lot of charm in the classic style of our city.
Best regards,
Isabelle and her team.

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

This was a last minute booking but we were pleasantly surprised. The staff were very friendly and always there if and when needed, 24 hours! The room, bathroom inclusive, were clean, with a moulin rouge theme, befitting for a girls trip!
We didn't have our meals at the Hotel but it was the perfect location to everywhere and everything! Restaurants, coffee shops, shopping district, clubs/bars, train station & tram stops were all within seconds to 10 minutes walking distance.
Thanks again to the staff, we have and will continue to recommend this place to friends.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank ahseekT
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Isabelle D, Responsable réception at Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2014

Hello
Thank you for taking the time to post about your experience in our hotel.
We are very proud of our location as it gives our clients easy access to the more interesting parts of the city, be it thanks to the bus lines or the tramway system. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and the fitting decoration of your room, as well as the helpful attitude of our staff. We thank you deeply for recommending our services to your friends.
Best wishes
Isabelle and her team.

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Reviewed 2 November 2013

My wife & I had traveled all night from NYC to Paris. When we got to CDG, we had a 3+ hour layover before our train left for Bordeaux. The trip to Bordeaux itself was another 4 hours. So, by the time we got to Bordeaux, we were EXHAUSTED!

When we popped up out of the train station, we were so very pleasantly surprised to find that the Hotel California was so close to the Gare St. Jean! We knew it was close, but had not realized it was no more than 100 yards to the door!

Now, there's no denying that the rooms are tight & the location - nearly by default of being near the train station, in my experience - is a bit sketchy. But, for us & for only staying one night, it was fine.

As other reviewers have noted, the staff was exceedingly friendly & helpful. We really enjoyed our time here & would recommend anyone to stay here - especially in circumstances similar to ours.

Room Tip: The rooms at the front of the building have a view of the square just between the train station &...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Isabelle D, Responsable réception at Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2014

Greetings.
We apologize for the tardiness of our reply, and thank you for relaying your experience back to us.
Our location is indeed ideal for tired travelers stopping in this city and people needing a rest before going on with their longer trip.
Regrettably, we are not in control of the environment around the station beyond the limits of our hotel.
Best regards,
Isabelle and her team.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

The hotel is situated close to the Gare St. Jean which makes finding it an easy task if you take the right exit. However, this also makes it situated in the sketchy area of town. It is a bit far from the centre but definitely at a walkable if you don't mind walking for long periods (I didn't use any buses or tramways; walked everywhere).
As for there service, well, I haven't tested the wifi since I didn't use my laptop at all. The rooms however are not as clean as you'd expect when you pay such a price, yet, not dirty either. I would say they're acceptable (if you're familiar with hostels, they're the same level of cleanliness). The bathrooms were very clean though. One last point, they say that the rooms are soundproof but I beg to differ! I've spent one whole night hearing the couple next door going at it!! Overall, I would neither recommend it nor not recommend it but if I am in bordeaux in the future, I would probably try another hotel.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
Thank Alsa90
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Isabelle D, Responsable réception at Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2014

Greetings.
We apologize for the tardiness of our reply, yet thank you for taking the time to write about your experience.
The cleanliness of our bathrooms is important to us, and we find ourselves surprised at the fact your room was not as clean as could be expected. We are deeply sorry about that.
When riding the tramway, going to the city center takes only 15 minutes, and it is the same with the bus lines stopping near our hotel. As such, it is exceedingly simple to reach the main streets.
We apologize for the noisy disturbance you have experienced.
Best regards.
Isabelle and her team.

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Reviewed 29 August 2013

I stayed at the Hotel California for 3 nights from August 11 to 14, 2013. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The staff is absolutely the most helpful I have had at any hotel ever. Their friendliness is so obvious. They helped me to plan excursions around the city and up to the beach at Montalivet for a day.
The breakfast is plentious and the attached carry-out restaurant makes for inexpensive meals after a day of sight-seeing. The location across the street from the train station is very convenient to make trips by bus or using the city tram, and depart by train for your next location in France or Spain.

Room Tip: My room faced the rear of the hotel and there was no street noise, despite a very busy location.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

Friendly staff, clean, nice room close to main train station/tram stop and waterfront.

We didn't pay for breakfast but it looked decent, too.

Tourist office is right across the road, and the hotel also has a panini shop attached to it.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Address: 22 rue Charles Domercq | Face a la Gare St Jean Parvis Louis Armand, 33800, Bordeaux, France
Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Gironde > Bordeaux
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #121 of 177 Hotels in Bordeaux
Price Range: £49 - £95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated opposite the Saint-Jean railway station and the fountain, the California is a characterful, family hotel (an 18th century stone building) with 20 comfortable rooms each one decorated differently. The rooms have showers, telephone-alarm, TV and new duvets on the beds. They are soundproofed and most of them have views of the garden. The hotel has Business Center Access (Internet Wi-Fi, Fax service...). An excellently placed establishment 10 minutes by tramway from the town centre where you can visit all the attractions: shops, churches, museums... Or take the TER (regional express train) to visit the vineyards or the Arcachon Basin. A fast-food restaurant is available from 8am to 10pm serving paninis, pasta. Breakfast is served in the dining room from 7am to 11am. The staff will give you a warm welcome and do everithing possible to make your stay an agreeable one. ... more   less 
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