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Hotel Description

The California places you in the centre of London, within just a 5-minute stroll of British Library and within 15 minutes of Russell Square. Highlights at this hotel include free in-room WiFi.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with digital channels, and all 60 rooms feature coffee/tea makers, safes and hairdryers. Additionally, desks and designer toiletries are available.

For a drink, you can stop by the hotel's own bar/lounge. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a 24-hour front desk and a terrace. Full breakfast is available daily between 9 AM and 11 AM.

Attractions within a 30-minute walk of this 3-star London City Centre hotel include The British Museum and BT Tower.

Standard Double Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$155* Per night/room 17 Nov. - 18 Nov.

Standard Single Room

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Double Room (Large)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Family Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Classic Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The California ratings based on 13 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The California

Everyone (5) Couples (3) Family (5)
3 out of 5

Posted by on 29 Oct. 2018

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4 out of 5

Good Choice

Ideal location close to Kings Cross Station with buses direct to central London. Good Breakfast on offer to set you up for day. Good clean, comfortable single rooms available on upper floors but no elevator.

Posted by , from Brisbane QLD on 2 Oct. 2017

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2 out of 5

Close to St Pancras and not much else.

Pros: Clean room.
Cons: Toiletries could be provided.
Location: Close to St Pancras/Kings Cross. Best eating St Pancras station (cheap) or Great Northern or St Pancras hotels (expensive). British Library-must see.
Close to St Pancras, single room down steep narrow staircase in basement. Difficult with suitcase - no offer of assistance. Room small but clean. Bed comfortable.

Posted by , from Australia on 10 Jun. 2015

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5 out of 5
Pros: Location and hospitality

Posted by , from Australia - NSW - Newcastle on 27 Dec. 2014

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5 out of 5
Pros: Location, helpful staff
Cons: N/a
Facilities: Good, Distinctive; Value: Affordable;

Posted by , from Australia - WA - Fremantle on 14 Sep. 2014

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4 out of 5
Pros: Large room. lots of space for family of 4 with young children. Nice design features. Great spot close to St Pancreas train station.
Location: Just right, Can walk to train statn
Facilities: Nice ; Value: Affordable; Service: Friendly, Courteous; Liked the reception desk design. Staff friendly and helpful. 1pm checkout was perfect and staff were accommodating

Posted by , from New Zealand on 22 Aug. 2014

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4 out of 5
Pros: Comfortable and staff very friendly, nice after a long flight
Location: Just right
Facilities: Good; Value: Affordable; Service: Courteous; Cleanliness: Pleasant;

Posted by , from Australia - ACT - Canberra on 11 Aug. 2014

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 Aug. 2014 by

Thanks you for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

5 out of 5
Pros: Location and breakfasts
Cons: Climbing the stairs three flights
Location: Perfect, at the Eurostar terminal
Facilities: Distinctive, Above average; Value: Affordable; Service: Professional, Courteous; Cleanliness: Spick and span;

Posted by , from Australia - QLD - Brisbane on 29 Jul. 2014

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Comment from Hotel Management

29 Jul. 2014 by

Thanks for your comments. I hope you enjoyed your stay with us. We are a listed building and therefore we would be able to install a lift. Next time you book, please request a low floor room to avoid the stairs.

5 out of 5
Pros: Location is a 2 min walk to station
Cons: Didn't have one
Location: Perfect
Facilities: Perfect for what we neede; Value: A steal; Service: Great very friendly ; Cleanliness: Spotless;

Posted by , from New Zealand - Queenstown on 6 Jul. 2014

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Comment from Hotel Management

6 Jul. 2014 by

Glad to see you enjoyed your stay. Many thanks for taking the time to review. Hope to see you again soon.

4 out of 5
Cons: No air conditioning
Location: Close to everything
Facilities: Nice ; Value: Affordable; Service: Professional; Cleanliness: Pleasant;

Posted by , from New Zealand - Canterbury on 3 Jul. 2014

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Comment from Hotel Management

3 Jul. 2014 by

Thank you for your comments. We do not advertise that we have air conditioning and understandably we are an old Victorian London Townhouse converted into a 3 star hotel. I hope that the heat you may have experienced was not too disturbing.

Property Features

The California offers its guests a terrace, tour or ticket assistance, and a garden. Public spaces have free WiFi. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. The business-friendly The California also features complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a safe deposit box at the front desk. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star London hotel.

  • 60 guestrooms or units
  • Bar or lounge
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Airport: London (LHR-Heathrow) (29.5 km / 18.3 mi)
  • Train station: London St. Pancras Station (0.8 km / 0.5 mi)
  • Metro station: King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station (0.1 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Parking:

Room Amenities

The California offers 60 forms of accommodation with a safe and coffee/tea makers. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include a bath and shower, designer toiletries and a hairdryer. This London hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Desk
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a full breakfast daily from 9 AM to 11 AM.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 5:30 AM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Additional policies and fees may apply when booking more than 4 rooms. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. No on-site parking is available.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No lifts
  • Online Penalty Collection


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: GBP 8.50 for adults and GBP 6 for children (approximately)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • California Hotel London
  • California London
  • The California London, England
  • The California London
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.