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The California

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4-8 Belgrove Street, London WC1H 8AB England
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless check-in
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The California is a charming, modern and quirky 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. We have high speed WiFi is throughout the hotel and have a fantastic little bar, lounge and private terrace for our guests to enjoy. We serve a great breakfast. Welcome to The California London. Visit anytime, explore every time.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
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24-hour security
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Desk
Fireplace
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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kwyzthal wrote a review Mar 2020
Edison, New Jersey2 contributions2 helpful votes
I stayed here for 3 nights. It was an easy check in process. The format of the hotel was interesting and the rooms are definitely compact but it suited me for a solo traveler. The room was clean but my big issue was the bathroom smelled musty. It goes away after a while but even with the exhaust fan in there, I don't think it's enough. My only real complaint about the place is definitely the sound proofing. You can hear every conversation people are having right outside the door and the next room's alarm clock. I'm lucky I stayed in the first floor cos I heard there's no elevator. I later read a review about the proximity to the tube station while great is a double edged sword because you definitely feel the vibrations in the ground. It wasn't really bothersome as it only lasted a few seconds. But this is my experience staying on the first floor. Probably something to consider for light sleepers. Also be warned, there's no AC but it's winter time when I stayed so it was fine.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Andreea S, Manager at The California
Responded Mar 22, 2020
Dear Kwyzthal, Thank you for your review of your stay at The California Hotel. I am happy to read that you enjoyed aspects of your stay with us. I am sorry however that we did not meet all of your expectations. We are working hard to improve our services and I will take your feedback to the Housekeeping staff to ensure the areas you mention are looked into. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards, Laxmi
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richtea212018 wrote a review Mar 2020
Swansea, United Kingdom90 contributions36 helpful votes
Stayed here overnight on our way to and from a rail holiday in Germany. The best thing that can be said for this hotel is that it is near the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras. The rooms were clean but the facilities were meagre and the layout of the hotel reminded me of a Parisian attic in the 1960s. No lift, the stairs were dangerous and, despite the notices offering help, there was not always a member of staff available to carry our cases. The double bed was not full size and there were no bedside tables. The rooms were noisy. The fire notices were not up to standard either. The staff were mostly friendly but the breakfast was rather sparse. We would not stay in this hotel again
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Response from Andreea S, Manager at The California
Responded Mar 14, 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review of your stay at The California Hotel. I am sorry to hear that you had a less than satisfactory experience and apologise for any inconvenience caused. As the California London is made up of a series of gorgeous, Georgian town-houses it means that we are able to maintain the original architectural charm associated with that era, but regrettably this does mean that staircases are part of the package. Next time prior your arrival please do contact us and we will allocate a ground floor room. We will take your feedback on board and address these issues to ensure the standard does not fall short again. We hope to welcome you back to our hotel in the near future. Kind regards, Laxmi
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Lucy H wrote a review Mar 2020
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The California is my go to hotel when in London. The rooms are super clean, the location is amazing for transport links for not only the city, but across the UK and Europe. The staff cannot do enough for you, and there is a wonderful cosy bar to round off your busy day with a night cap.
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Response from Andreea S, Manager at The California
Responded Mar 13, 2020
Dear Guest, I am delighted to hear that you found us to be a ‘gem of a hotel’ and enjoyed the location. You would be happy to hear that if you contact us directly on hello@thecalifornialondon.com we will ensure we offer you a great deal to come stay with us again! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review and we look forward to having the pleasure of your company again soon. Kind Regards, Laxmi
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Suzanne231970 wrote a review Mar 2020
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A lovely hotel close to amenities. Bar area is quiet enough if you have a business meeting. Breakfast area is downstairs in the basement. Beds are really comfy and although the small double room is very small, it has all that you would require and a nice big TV
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Responded Mar 13, 2020
Dear Suzanne231970, Thank you for your review of your stay at The California Hotel. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Kind regards, Laxmi
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David J wrote a review Mar 2020
Durham, North Carolina101 contributions97 helpful votes
We chose the California because the price was reasonable and, most important, it’s a quick walk to St. Pancras station, where we needed to catch the train to Paris. Our room was very small and close to street noise, and the stairs were tight, but it was fine. It’s a short walk to Russell Square and the British Museum; a longer walk (or quick Tube or taxi ride) to many of London’s other top tourist spots.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your review of your stay at The California Hotel. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Kind regards, Laxmi
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PRICE RANGE
$122 - $256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
california hotel london
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandLondonRegent's Park / Kings Cross / Bloomsbury / Euston / Kings Cross /St Pancras
NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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Frequently Asked Questions about The California
Which popular attractions are close to The California?
Nearby attractions include British Library (0.2 miles), St. Pancras International Station (0.1 miles), and The Skinners Arms (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The California?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and breakfast buffet.
Which room amenities are available at The California?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The California?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and complimentary tea during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to The California?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pizza Union King's Cross, Aux Pains de Papy, and Albertini Restaurant.
Are there any historical sites close to The California?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Churchill War Rooms (1.9 miles), Tower of London (2.5 miles), and Houses of Parliament (2.1 miles).