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“oh for an elevator..” 3 of 5 stars
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The California
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4-8 Belgrove Street | Kings Cross, London WC1H 8AB, England (Bloomsbury)   |  
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Ranked #521 of 1,055 Hotels in London
Canberra, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“oh for an elevator..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Our room was on third floor. Wrangling the suitcases up a narrow stairway was no fun. Room was OK, but v hot on a summers night. Breakfast was rather ordinary. London is expensive, but for the price, you could do better elsewhere. WIFI was feeble or non existent on the third floor.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Helmond, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Room was quite basic but very clean; good hot shower in the morning and English and/or continental breakfast.
Best thing though was hotel bar to finish the evening with a few beers after pubs had closed ;)

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tacoma, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stayed for one night. The hotel was right across from Kings Cross which made getting around a breeze. The front desk was very friendly and helpful, holding our bags for half a day while we waited for our train departure. The bar is very convenient, we seemed to be the only ones in there, but that was fine, it was relaxing to sit on the couches, enjoy a few drinks, and plan our travels.

The room was spacious, there were only two of us, but we were given a room for six. It was below ground so it got a little stuffy, but there was a fan provided in the room which helped. Everything was clean and the beds were comfortable. Breakfast was decent and sufficient to get our day started.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Stopped for one night only in a double room. Good facilities and good value. Near to kings cross which was great location for us, but quite noisy. Would visit and stay again. The room was well appointed and not a bad size, bigger than some I have stopped in. Recently decorated, clean and comfortable. Breakfast adequate. Staff welcoming at reception.

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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The hotel room is the tiniest and most run down of hotel rooms i have ever stayed in London. It smells of mould & there are stains on the curtains. Can't believe they charged so much for what we got in return. Never again!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This hotel was great. I arrived in the early evening and the check-in staff were extremely patient as I was delirious from jet-lag and lack of sleep. The room was spacious and clean for a double, but had no chair in it and was on the warm side regardless of what I did to the heater. The bed was very comfortable. Excellent wifi access. Breakfast was great but as others have stated, the waiting staff can be a bit oblivious if you need help. The best service I received was from the check-out staff - she was efficient, warm and genuinely cared about her guests.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Stayed to nights in this hotel which has a great location, but the breakfast personnel lacks the most basic skills as to hospitality. Came 30 minutes before breakfast was over but personnel was more interested in breakfasting themselves than helping the custumers... Buffet was almost empty and we asked for more, but were told we could have come earlier. We replied that we were actually well inside their breakfast hours, but nothing helped. "It is not because you are the customer that you are right" was the reply.... Never experienced anything like that in the UK.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 4-8 Belgrove Street | Kings Cross, London WC1H 8AB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#395 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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The California London, England

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