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The California
Ranked #402 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 13, 2012

just like to write a good review for this hotel as i read a few dodgy ones before we went but i neednt have worried as my friend and i have just had 3 lovely days there .it was only minutes from kings cross . the room was clean and a good size .the beds were so comfy we overslept two mornings .it was lovely and warm and the staff very friendly and helpfull .the breakfast was nice and you can eat all you want . overall we would not hesitate to stay here again .

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank elaine r
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

pleasantly suprised by this hotel. Read some pretty poor reviews which in hindsight are totally unfounded!! Perfect hotel for a short city break, very easy to find from kings cross station. Will definately use again when back in London! Nice to find a reasonably priced hotel with recently refurbished rooms in London!!! Well done Hotel California!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jasonlewisusk
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Small hotel, very close to King's Cross/St. Pancras. Surrounding area a bit...colourful but not threatening. The hotel is undergoing renovations but still functioning manfully. The staff are friendly and extremely helpful. I had a single room which was at the top of 4 flights of stairs. The room was small but compact and clean. The bathroom was very modern with a great shower.
Breakfast is served in the basement. It was great but there could be a wider choice of cereals and perhaps yoghurt. I was surprised how busy the hotel is, as due to the labyrinthine layout, you hardly ever see any other guests.
As I was leaving at 4.30 am to catch a train I asked for and got a prompt alarm call.
All in all a decent little hotel but not worth £70 per night!

Room Tip: Ask for a lower floor as there's no lifts and the stairs are narrow,
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I have yet to breakfast here but I am already taken by what the hotel has got to offer! Great location across from St Pancras, very friendly staff, very clean and comfortable room, staying on a budget level. I have stayed at the similar budget hotel on my previous visit but would definitely come back to California:)

Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank Katarzyna S
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Very convenient location opposite St Pancreas and Kings Cross station. We stayed one night in the family room very crowded and very hot. On our return to London we had 2 rooms each sleeping 3. Very little room to put a suit case shelves rather than a wardrobe would have been better. Still very hot as windows don't open. Basic breakfast, but nice staff.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

I booked to stay here and even though, due to a death in the family that week I cancelled by telephone, outside the cancellation policy I was charged £120 for a "no show". The hotel staff said they have no recollection of the call on the day. A pity as I'm a regular visitor to London on business and the hotel is in a great location and seemed reasonably priced. Would never consider booking to stay here again as to me this seems to be very uncompassionate and terrible customer service.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Donna O
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Our reception at the Hotel California was the most unprofessional we have ever encountered in 25 years of world travel. The desk clerk was rude and threatening. He accused us of "breaking the law" by not providing advance notice that we were travelling with a young child. He threatened to turn away our family, despite our reservation. After a very stressful thirty minutes, we went across the street and stayed at the Pullman Hotel. The Hotel California insisted on charging our credit card, despite the fact that we declined the room based on a hostile reception and inadequate facilities.

Physically, the Hotel California has a newly renovated lobby area, but its hallways, staircases and other public areas leave much to be desired. The room we saw has old windows, which allowed for all the noise from the neighbouring street and train stations to bleed through. This is an extremely low-grade hotel. While it may be suitable for young, single, male travellers in search of an affordable alternative to a youth hostel, families, in particular, should think twice before booking here.

Room Tip: Do not stay here! Book across the street, at the former Novotel, now the Pullman!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The California

Address: 4-8 Belgrove Street, London WC1H 8AB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Regent's Park / Kings Cross
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #402 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Price Range: $118 - $327 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The California 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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, and this is complimentary when you book directly with us, on our website or over the phone. Welcome to The California London. Visit anytime, explore every time. ... more   less 
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