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The California

3.0 of 5
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4-8 Belgrove Street | Kings Cross, London WC1H 8AB, England
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I stayed here for a week in April in the extra-small single room. Overall, clean and comfortable stay. Size of the room isn't an issue if you're planning to be out and about during the day anyway. ROOM: Clean room, comfortable mattress. Bathroom was almost as big as the bedroom itself. A small safe was available. Room equipped with heater... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had booked a double room as it was first night of our honeymoon. Told this wasn't available and supposedly gave us a bigger twin. It was tiny. The heating was constantly on high in the bathroom and it was like a sauna. When we explained this and that it was our honeymoon we were rudely told what did we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice hotel. Located a few minutes from kings cross. Small rooms but modern and clean. Friendly staff great breakfast. We searched for similar hotels nearby. But the California was very reasonably priced for it location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is a great little find. A 2-minute walk to King's Cross St Pancras station, it was a safe well-lit walk even at night. The hotel does not have a lift but that is clear from the reviews. The room was small but adequate for 3 people, stylishly designed with tea/coffee making facilities and a balcony off the bathroom,... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very satisfied with the location, only a two minute walk away from the King's Cross station, and a 7 minute train ride away from Piccadilly Circus. Getting a bit away from the (very) central London, but still being very "close" will save you a lot of cash. The rooms were of average London size, but were clean and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice, warm, old hotel, in a premium location. Nice staff but not the best. Food is average. Close to train station and city center. Very clean and tidy. Quite small rooms. A bit diffecult to reach it as it is not in a main road. I recommend it to all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Located across the road from Kings Cross and St Pancras stations but down a side street so avoiding traffic noise. Allocated a very large family room with a double, two singles and bunks. Plenty of space for a family or group of 6. Adequate bathroom with bath tub and shower over. Toiletries provided. Tea and coffee making facilities. Clean and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed 3 days. I rang reception one day before departure to ask for a quiet room, shower and bathroom with a sink which should come as standard. The girl on the phone sounded surprised of my requests but promised an ensuit bathroom. Upon arrival, I was told I had to wait until 2pm to check in, and was given... More 

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The organiser of an event had booked this hotel for me. Some of the things I was unhappy about were things that would not have bothered me on a tourist visit, but I just needed a place to prepare myself to speak at a public event, so please read these comments in that context. First, something had gone wrong with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Checkin into the hotel with its trendy suitcase desk brought a smile to visitors. The small bar was decent enough and distinctively decorated. The rooms are small, the bed was metal framed and mattress thin and lumpy. The doors and walls are thin and I was woken up at 2am by guests going to their rooms. Breakfast was OK. The... More 

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