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Helsinki
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very good. Good location, easy to find, room described as small double was was roomy enough. The staff were helpful but the room keys are massive. Breakfast was pretty good except for the coffee which was awful. But coffee in England is awful, which is why they drink tea (which they also do not do very well either!)

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Amanda E, Front Office Manager at The California, responded to this review

Dear 131niallr, I am glad to hear you had an enjoyable stay and that you found the rooms to be of a high standard and that my team were helpful. Thank you for sharing your feedback and I hope we will see you again soon. Kind Regards Amanda Evans

Liverpool,Merseyside
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Location of the California suited us, handy for Euston station and the tube. Nice room and good breakfast. Felt a bit cold at night, the duvet needs to be thicker at this time of year and it would have helped if the radiator came on.

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Amanda E, Front Office Manager at The California, responded to this review

Dear Brenda, I am happy to hear you were able to enjoy our amazingly central location just a stone’s throw away form Kings Cross Station and that you enjoyed our complimentary cooked breakfast. Thank you for sharing your feedback and I hope we will see you again soon. Kind Regards Amanda Evans

Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A nice hotel with a delicious breakfast. The room was ok, unfortunately the ascent to the fourth floor was a bit painful. But the best thing is that we only had to walk two minutes to the subway to Kings Cross. Our room had no heating in the bathroom, and that is the reason why no full score was given...

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Andreea S, Head Receptionist at The California, responded to this review

Dear Rainer, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your review. I am extremely happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found our breakfast to be delicious. That's just the kind of feedback we like to receive. I am very sorry that the heather was not working in the bathroom so...

Kew Gardens, New York
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

"The California" has it all! My family and I were very comfortable in our rooms. The staff are incredibly wonderful and committed to making sure that all of your needs are taken care of including electric converters, reservations for dinner, suggestions for tours, taxi reservations, a birthday cake..... the hotel itself is clean, quiet and comfortable in a great locations...

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Andreea S, Head Receptionist at The California, responded to this review

Dear Warren, Thank you very much for sharing your experience. It was an enormous pleasure to have you and you family staying with us and i am extremely happy to read that you found everything to be up to your preferred standard. I am also happy that we had the opportunity to make your birthday just a little more special....

Leipzig
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The breakfast was very good, the room was a little small , but clean. The Hotel is in the near the city centre .Inhabitantes was very friendly. London is very interesting and beautiful, but also very expensiv

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Andreea S, Head Receptionist at The California, responded to this review

Dear Martina, Thank you for leaving your valuable feedback regarding your stay. We sincerely appreciate the kindness and are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure having you with us and we keenly look forward to welcome you again soon at The California London. Kindest regards, Andreea

Robina
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at The California, the hotel was modern and although we booked one of the smaller rooms it was spotless with everything we needed! The location is absolutely amazing, it couldn't be closer to the tube and other amenities. Breakfast was also fantastic! I'll definitely stay again.

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Andreea S, Head Receptionist at The California, responded to this review

Dear aussieineur0pe, Thank you for sharing your kind words and wonderful review on your recent stay with us. It is always a pleasure to hear about a guest’s experience where everything went right, so thank you so much for sharing your experience. Hope you had a safe journey home and that we will have the pleasure of your company again...

Halifax, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn't fault it, see you next year. Staff extremely friendly and helpful, rooms cosy but very well organised didn't feel small, lovely clean bathroom, room had everything we needed. breakfast times perfect, great choice for breakfast, chef friendly and happy, staff very quickly clearing tables as people left. Nothing was too much trouble. Location a 2 mins walk from Kings...

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Andreea S, Head Receptionist at The California, responded to this review

Dear Claire, Thank you for sharing your kind words and wonderful review on your recent stay with us. Thank you again for writing such a wonderful review! We're so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and for acknowledging the excellent team that I am lucky to have, it is such a pleasure to hear that their hard work...

Lakenheath, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

The rooms were clean, cozy but a bit pricey for what I got. Good location by train station and friendly staff. I would stay there again, but if I found something cheaper with the same amenities, I'd stay elsewhere

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Felicia L, Receptionist at The California, responded to this review

Dear Sabrina, Firstly I would like to thank you for taking your time to write us a review here on tripadvisor. We appreciate all the feedback we get and always strive to improve our hotel in every department we have. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you would like to come back. I...

Huntington, Vermont
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I spent the week in London visiting a sibling who is studying there. The room was excellent, breakfast delicious and staff on call for anything we needed. We would definitely stay there again, especially if we wanted to continue our exploration of the local sites because of the proximity of the hotel to the tube.

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Andreea S, Head Receptionist at The California, responded to this review

Dear Julia, I am delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay with us at The California London, it is always a pleasure to hear about a guest’s experience where everything went right, so thank you so much for sharing your experience. Hope you had a safe journey home and that we will have the pleasure of your company again...

Copenhagen
Reviewed 1 week ago

Clean, friendly and centrally placed small hotel just by St. Pancrass/Kings Cross. Rooms aren´t big but they were quiet, clean and relatively modern. I will book Again Next time I visit London for leisure

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Felicia L, Receptionist at The California, responded to this review

Dear Mr. Thomas HL, Firstly i would like to thank you for taking your time and give us a review here on tripadvisor. We value all the feedback we get and always strive to improve in every department at our hotel. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay here and want to come back. I also...

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  • Free Breakfast
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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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Address: 4 - 8 Belgrove Street, London E1 0NS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury , Regent's Park / Kings Cross
Price Range: $174 - $412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The California 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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California Hotel London
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#353 Family Hotel in London
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“If you want a family room on the ground floor, ask for #102”
 of 5 bubbles delta271, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you need a room with minimal stairs, let them know in advance and they'll do their best to accommodate you in a more accessible room.”
 of 5 bubbles spikefletcher, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Apparently room 102 has a number of beds in it and could be an option”
 of 5 bubbles 117janv, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Rooms not facing the street would be quieter”
 of 5 bubbles Iris48, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“You could ask for a higher floor room. However, there are no lift and with heavy luggage it may be challenging.”
 of 5 bubbles zippysin, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
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