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“Clean and sparse hotel but unbearably hot in certain rooms.”
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The California
Ranked #366 of 1,063 Hotels in London
Bellingham, Washington, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Clean and sparse hotel but unbearably hot in certain rooms.”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

This is a no frills hotel with easy access to the Kings Cross tube station. The room was clean but sparse (no hand towel, bath mat, or telephone but the bath towels were generously sized). For the price I would have been satisfied with the room except for one issue. Our room was on the third floor and the central heating system caused our room to feel like a sauna. We turned the radiator and the towel warmer off and we all still slept on top off our bedding, woke in the middle of the night, and got ready in the morning with our hallway door open. Even with that, we were all sweating. Once we walked into the stairway, the temperature cooled down to a comfortable level. We are a petite family, and generally run cold, not warm. With a different room, this would be an acceptable hotel, but I would confirm what room/floor you are on before you book (we were in 313). When you complain, they don't seem to acknowledge the temperature issue (at the front desk we were told Brazilians would probably think the room was cold and when we called the maintenance guy (to figure out how to turn off the towel rack) he just shrugged it off and said the central heating system should be turning off soon). When you read the reviews, you'll see this is a reoccurring complaint.

Room Tip: Unless you are looking for a sauna experience, do not stay in room 313.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Balfron, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Best value London hotel I have ever used. Well done. Great room and very helpful staff. Will use this hotel again due to its location, price and great team. The decor and style is contemporary and all in very good order.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2013

we stayed in a Family Room of 6 people.

Shortly after arriving in this very small but lovely hotel at Belgrove Street, I immediately fell in love with the lovely interior of the hotel and the fact that our room was just beside where the Hotel Reception was. Oh come on ! It's literally beside ! Awesome. The room was excellent, spacious enough for all of us, hotel staff are great and lastly, early morning breakfast could not be any better. The basic stuff. Cereals. Eggs. Baked Beans. You know the drill. A guy whom I believe is the Hotel's Manager, Dimitar is a huge Football Fan. We talked about Football one night and it was a great exchange. Oh, & he's Bulgarian. Berbatov ! Stoichkov ! On a more serious note, he was also very helpful, reliable & very kind to help us with our requests, needs and queries. Everything went smoothly and as planned. The sad part? We only stayed for one night. That one night was the best one night stay at any hotel in the World that I have been in or travelled to thus far. So this one is a REAL KEEPER.

Will definitely return again judging by my last great experience ! Location. Value for Money. Everyday Essentials. It's all here. It's MUST-GO ! Try it. You won't regret it ! :)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Just spent New Year's Eve in London and stayed here, I was dreading it because of all the bad reviews but it was a gorgeous hotel, we were on the top floor and yes you have to walk up stairs, but abit of exercise never did anyone any harm! Room was gorgeous and clean, wasn't too warm at all, shower pressure was quite low but adequate.
Yes it is noisy with guests coming & going I'm the morning but that's from inconsiderate guests rather then the hotels fault!
Great Irish bar around the corner called O'Neills & we had breakfast there everyday as we wernt up early enough for breakfast In the hotel.
Perfect location across from kings cross where most of the lines meet so you don't have to change trains alot. Direct from heathrow took 40mins.

Overall brilliant time & experience, I loved our room & will Definetly be staying here again when I visit London again, couldn't recommend it enough!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Booked the family room for six.

As we arrived in Kings Cross/St Pancras, the hotel was just across the underground station. Despite reading all the negatives and shortfalls of this hotel, my family was all pleased with the services and physique of this hotel. Room was perfectly clean, breakfast was simple (cereals + baked beans + bread + eggs), reception staffs were very helpful in our requests and queries.

Will return considering the affordable price + good location + simple basic needs for a hotel.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Stayed 2 nights at this hotel / sauna. Great location, fairly clean, nice enough but ridiculously hot.

Slept with the windows open all night in December - there's a heated towel rail in the bathroom with no off switch which makes the room and sleeping unbearable.

Had the breakfast also ok, not the greatest I've ever had but ok given that its included in the price.

Great location for Kings Cross and St Pancras - literally 2 minutes to the tube and 5 minutes to the Eurostar. Also a McDonald's and a Burger King at the end if the road.

Wouldn't stay here again but only because of the heat.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

Clean and big room with free wifi. Near St. Pancras/ King Cross Station. No lift, so you have to carry your luggage to your room. They have luggage room where you can leave your luggage when you check out but the room is too small. If you check out earlier and put your luggage there, you will have difficulty taking out your luggage when you come back as all the other luggage were pile up on top of your luggage.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Property: 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:
#353 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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