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Hotel California
Ranked #326 of 1,257 Hotels in Rome
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews
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“Excellent Value for your money”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Stayed at the hotel california twice for two nights 21-23October and the night of 25th October 2013 as it is very close to the termini.(train Station)

We stayed there as we were looking for a budget hotel which is centrally located.We were extreemly pleased to be looked after by very friendly n helpful staff, clean room with wifi, crisp bed sheets & wonderful breakfast.

Would stay there again

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Gabriele L, Direttore at Hotel California, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Hi,
thank you very much, we always try to find the perfect compromise between high quality and right price and we are glad that you appreciate our staff and our rooms, the position and the breakfast.
Come back here, we'll be happy to offer you our services again!
Best regards
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Fresno, California
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

We stayed for days 4 days, from Oct. 14-18. Location wise it is great because it's near Termini station, near the stop for our HOHO bus, Romana Cristiana, it's near restaurants and laundromat. We have free breakfast every morning which is good to help us start our day. They have wi-fi but only downstairs on the reception area. Our room doesn't have a microwave, a coffee maker, but coming from London and France I have come to accept that most Europe hotels doesn't come with all the amenities that we were used to in the US. The air conditioner wasn't working when we came and was brought to the attention of the management. They were not able to fix what was wrong and we were provided with an electric fan. They promised to transfer us to another room but that didn't came through. So all the while we were not comfortable in the room provided for us. At the end of our stay, we were asked 16 Euros for hotel tax. Really? They were even supposed to give us a discount, and they have the guts to ask for a hotel tax? This hotel is profit oriented instead of service oriented. I couldn't help but compare it to our hotels in the US.

Room Tip: Choose a room that is opposite the side of the road. The tram can be be very noisy at night.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Gabriele L, Direttore at Hotel California, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Hi there,
we are really sorry about the problems you had with the air conditioning, we couldn't move you to another room just because the hotel was fully booked. By the way, in November we made a lot of adjustments and now everything is working good.
Finally, just mind that what you paid at the check-out (€ 16,00) was a City of Rome tax we are obliged to ask to every guest in Rome, not a hotel tax.
By the way, we hope you will give us another chance, we are sure we can provide you our best rooms and services to make you feel really confortable here, and to show we really care about what our guests think about us.
Best regards,
merry Christmas!
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Stayed in the California Hotel 18-21 October 2013.I was really happy with this hotel, a was looking for budget hotel for short city break, read reviews before booking, and wasn't expecting much more than convenient location. Was surprised that hotel exceeded my expectations, helpful staff, clean rooms, comfortable bed, crisp bed linen. Breakfast is sufficient, not full English, but I would not want that anyway, coffee, croissants, yoghurt with fruits. No WiFi in the room, but it wasn't a problem as we were traveling at the weekends and spent most of our time looking at the city sights and attractions. Would stay there again.

Room Tip: We have been staying in No 415, no transparent wall between room and shower, nice room
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Gabriele L, Direttore at Hotel California, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Hi there,
we are happy that you liked your stay here. We are growing day by day thanks to our guests' messages, so we want to say thank you very much for your good review.
Best regards,
merry Christmas!
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Ottawa, Ontario
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Stayed twice..5days in sept 2013 then 2days in oct 2013..Very good location very close to Termini Train station in Rome, which is close to all buses, trams and organized tours. Clean and very comfortable bed, friendly and helpful staffs. Free internet avail in lobby. Breakfast included, fresh pastries, excellent coffee, ham, cheese, buns, fruits..only problem in the basement of the hotel,but not a major issue. Has a lift which is convenient and has lots of cafe restaurants around.
First stay had a room facing the street and was ok to sleep and I am a light sleeper...The second time were facing the side and had a much bigger room with sauna and huge bedroom, nice jet bath and shower included...I stayed in a few hotel in Europe...of couse if you want a 5*, then go for it, but you will pay for it as well....That hotel is well priced and would recommend to anybody.

Room Tip: Room 504...is the bigger bedroom that I had and loved it..
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Stayed in the hotel for 2 nights in September. Overall, the hotel was good, as it was near lots of restaurants, shops and mainly Termini Station. Termini station, if you dont know is the probably the Central station of Rome where most exchanges of buses and trains take place. Its 5-7 minutes walk from the station, and not that confusing. The security of the hotel is quite good as there is always a receptionist at the counter.

However, the reason it could have been better:
1) no internet in room, only in lobby.
2) breaskfast, as opposed to what others say, was alright, but not GREAT. Do-able.
3) On our last day, the shower did not have hot water and the receptionist kept saying "its the morning time, everyone in the building has turned on their shower, so wait until it comes". However, it we never received hot water after that.

In my opinion, whatever price I'm paying, I'm paying for all the services, including hot shower facilities.

But overall, if you are not worried about these problems, its a good hotel with good atmosphere, but is nowhere close to any fancy hotel.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

My daughter and I stayed here for 2 nights in October. The rooms were modern and the beds were really comfortable with lovely bed linen. The design of the rooms were great except for the shower which was visable from the beds. It was just ok for us, a little uncomfortable, but ok, however if you were travelling with friends this would not work. The toilet was also visable from the shower even though it is in a different room. A little odd. It was also very noisy but in Rome, it may be a little hard to escape this.
Unfortunately though, the breakfast was terrible. There was no service or assistance. The fruit in the bowl was very old and not edible. There was plastic cups to drink out of and the eating area was dark and dingy. I was really disappointed and it was so bad that we chose not to go there the second morning.
I wouldn't stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask if there are any rooms with the shower not in the bedroom.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2013

This Hotel is very conveniently located. Close to Station and attractions as well as Hop on Hop Off Bus pick up and many good restaurants..
A unique Hotel that is basic, but has been renovated and suited our needs.
The new lift in the middle of the old stairs is also very neat.
The hotel was very clean and the reception staff were really helpful especially the young guy-I cannot remember his name- who organized the Limo service for us the the Port of Rome and who spoke to and sent emails confirming our arrangements with the Limo Company.
The down side was the breakfast. On one morning there was "no bread left" and no other options were available, and on another morning they had no butter for the bread and no alternative. The breakfasts are to say the least "basic" and that would have been Ok if they had all the items.
John Kuffer
Sydney Australia

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel California
Address: Via Principe Amedeo 39, 00185 Rome, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Rome > Esquilino , Castro Pretorio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#254 Family Hotel in Rome
#261 Romantic Hotel in Rome
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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