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The California

Hotel Class
3 out of 5



3.8 / 5Good
1,584 reviews


  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast Available
  • Business Services
  • Bar


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Russell Square
    13 min walk
  • Popular Location
    The British Museum
    4 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Covent Garden Market
    5 min drive
  • Airport
    London (LHR-Heathrow)
    45 min drive

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    About this area


    In the city center, The California is in London's London City Centre neighborhood, a walkable area with good airport proximity and shopping. Oxford Street and Covent Garden Market are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's popular attractions can visit BT Tower and ZSL London Zoo. Check out an event or a game at Emirates Stadium, and consider making time for Coca-Cola London Eye, a top attraction not to be missed. Our guests appreciate the hotel's central location for the sightseeing. It's also convenient to public transportation: King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station is just steps away and Russell Square Underground Station is 12 minutes by foot.

    What's nearby

    • Popular Location
      Russell Square - 13 min walk
    • Popular Location
      The British Museum - 4 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Covent Garden Market - 5 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Leicester Square - 5 min drive
    • Popular Location
      Piccadilly Circus - 6 min drive

    Getting around

    • London King's Cross Station - 1 min walk
    • King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station - 1 min walk
    • London (LHR-Heathrow) - 45 min drive

    About this property

    The California

    Along with a bar/lounge, this hotel has dry cleaning and a 24-hour front desk. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, free newspapers, tour/ticket assistance, and a garden are onsite. All 60 rooms offer free WiFi, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Other amenities available to guests include hair dryers, safes, and desks.

    Property amenities


    • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
    • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

    Parking and transportation

    • No onsite parking available

    Food and drink

    • Full breakfast available for a fee daily 9 AM–11 AM: GBP 8.50 for adults and GBP 6 for children
    • 1 bar

    Family friendly

    • Dry cleaning service
    • Free cribs/infant beds


    • Free newspapers in lobby
    • Front-desk safe
    • No elevators
    • Reception hall

    Guest services

    • 24-hour front desk
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Dry cleaning service
    • Luggage storage
    • Tour/ticket assistance

    Languages spoken

    • Dutch
    • English
    • German
    • Hindi
    • Italian
    • Romanian

    Business services

    • Meeting rooms


    • Garden
    • Terrace


    • Designated smoking areas

    Room amenities


    • Free cribs/infant beds


    • Bathtub or shower
    • Designer toiletries
    • Hair dryer


    • Digital channels
    • Flat-screen TV

    Food and drink

    • Coffee/tea maker


    • Desk
    • Safe
    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor
    Service and Staff
    Property condition


    Nice small hotel but location a bit far

    The room was tiny. It’s ok by me but other guests may find it really small. The bed essentially took up the whole room it’s on raised beams. You push a button and the bed comes down. The bathroom was very clean. My only problem was trying to find the right balance of hot/cold water. The knob was not sensitive enough. Also the shower head was on the opposite side of the handles and faucet. So I had to literally climb my toes up the curve of the tub in order to get my head underneath the shower head. But these are insignificant to my overall stay (5 nights). My only real problem was the location of my room and the hotel. The room was on the 2nd floor facing the main street. During the weekend, Thursday, and Friday nights, it was pretty loud. The sirens from the ambulance, police, or fire seems like running on the hour. The staff was very helpful. The cook was really nice and friendly. I was downstairs right at seven in preparation for a tour. He got food and coffee ready for me. He was really cool. He came up to me the next couple of mornings to make sure the food was good and the coffee strong enough for me. I really don’t have an issue with the hotel. But next time, I will make more of an effort to try and stay near Covent Garden. Over there were so many restaurants and much better night life scene. This hotel is across from King’s Cross station and three stations from Covent Garden. Three stops is short but a different neighborhood altogether.

    Stayed 5 nights in Oct. 2019

    4/5 Good

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    Stayed 1 night in Oct. 2019


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    Stayed 1 night in Sep. 2019


    A transit stay

    For a transit stay, it meets its purpose because of its location. Otherwise, do not expect much. The room is tiny. One barely has space to turnaround let along unpacking your stuff. It is an open bathroom which means when you shower, the whole bathroom becomes wet and slippery. There is no air-con but there is a fan. Still it is very stuffy and the room has a stale smell when we first checked in. If it is a transit stay and one doesn't mind the size and the bathroom, this may be it.

    Stayed 1 night in Sep. 2019


    Poky little room which was overpriced. Bed was jutted up against wall. I felt like I was sleeping in a caravan.

    Stayed 1 night in Sep. 2019

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