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Reviews of Hostel California

Hostel | Via Lambrate, 18, Milan, Italy 20131

61.4% Overall Rating

413 out of 731 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (30/05/2014)

christopher redmond thinks…

"particularly the people who worked there and the other guests. all very relaxed, friendly and interesting."

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Fax
  • Bicycle hire
  • Bar(s)
  • BBQ area
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 2.15
  • Linen USD 3.22
  • Towel USD 0.67

What's Included

  • Luggage Room

Important Information

Please note that after your booking the Hostel California will do a pre-authorization on your card. If the credit card is not valid or not working the reservation will be cancelled automatically and your deposit won't be refunded. Bed linen and city taxe are n't included in the price : - linen, sheets, maps, and internet are included for prices more than 17 euro per person [prices lower than 17 euro or 17 euro per person per night have to pay 2,40 Euros per night for linen, sheets , map and it will be added automatically at the price - city taxe : 2 € per person per night ( obligatory ) Special Policy for Milan Furniture Fair 2014 : Reservations made for the exhibition (Salone Internazionale Del Mobile) in April 2014 ( from 07 April 2014 till 13 April 2014 included ) are non-refundable and cannot be cancelled or changed. We have the right to charge the total cost before you arrival. The Booking is not refundable

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61.4%

Overall Rating

413 out of 731 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Hostel California'

Atmosphere
56.0%
Location
58.4%
Facilities
60.0%
Cleanliness
59.2%
Staff
63.2%
Value
64.0%
Safety
68.8%
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77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Ilias Fanteev

Alone

Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

16 February 2013 Ilias would recommend this property

Liked: Helpful stuff, good wi-fi.

Disliked: The bathroom lock broken, not enough plugs in the room.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

10 February 2013

Liked: They has a kitchen n free wifi

Disliked: Too cold. There was one heater on my room but didnt work well. Only two toilets total(shower room was also in thr)

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Shopping

04 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it's nice place

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

34.3%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Oscar Barreto

Alone

Work / volunteering

23 January 2013

Liked: Nothing. Only point in favor if any.. was that internet worked..

Disliked: Bad location, really bad environment, and they will try to charge more than they are supposed to at any occasion. No locks on the doors, doesn't feel like a very safe place to leave your stuff and go sightseeing, anyone can enter to your room. People there is not very friendly and they will overcharge your stay with any excuse. Not very clean.

20.0%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Kusmiati Dewi

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

17 January 2013

Liked: nothing. this hostel sucks

Disliked: everything. we reserved for a cheap room, then it turned out we couldnt get that room due to some mistakes. we're forced to pay almost 3 times higher for new reservation without considering previous DP to hostelbooker.

40.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Work / volunteering

13 January 2013

Liked: Very cheap but we have decided to move after 2 nights to more expensive but better

Disliked: Cleanliness (bathroom terrible, floor dirty), you have to pay for bed linen every night.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Adelina Petrova

Alone

City break

10 January 2013 Adelina would recommend this property

Liked: Tidy, nice staff, there is beer available!

Disliked: Nothing special

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was warm and clean and had a nice communal space.

Disliked: I found the directions they sent me a bit tricky (had to take a bus and then walk). In fact it is just a twenty minute walk from the central station, pretty much down a straight road. This would have been easier for me.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 100%

Vikki Evans

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

30 December 2012 Vikki would recommend this property

Liked: it had everything you needed to survive and we weren't paying a lot for it. there is a supermarket down the road with cheap food to cook if you can't afford to eat out everyday, and is a ten minute walk from two stops on the metro which is good to navigate your way around the town.

Disliked: they had no spoons! we got cereal for breakfast and had to eat with forks. the bathrooms weren't especially clean and there was a man (who seemed rather permanent) in our room snoring as loud as he possibly could.

40.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Noor Zaiedurra Irdawatie Nordin

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

28 December 2012

Liked: The common room (dining place quite enjoyable)

Disliked: The dorm, the toilet, the receptionist. He is not friendly at all and even take more money from me. He force me to pay for the mis date booked full amount and service tax for the hostel. Even the linen should be paid in advance. Overall, the honesty of this hostel not good and the accomodation is on average value.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

28 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was nice and clean. Friendly people.

Disliked: Its location probably. Was hard to locate.

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Hui Li

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break

27 December 2012

Liked: Nothing

Disliked: Remote location and poor facilities like the wifi signal is very poor and even not available in the room. If you want to use it, you would have to stand in the lobby.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Liudas Mikalkevicius

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

26 December 2012

Liked: There was a very nice company, the bed was comfortable. Shower and toilet was shared only with roommates.

Disliked: Like always in Italy. There was city tax which was not mentioned in the advertisement. Also, I was charged addtional tax for the linen. For these addtional 3Eur they could at least had given me some towels. The kitchen was not too clean, but there were some dishes.

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

24 December 2012

Liked: Nothing

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

22 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is pretty close to all that You might need during Your stay - communication (buses, metro), small restaurant of any cuisine (Chinese, Thai, Italian, Arabic, Indonesian, Capo Verde, McDonald and so on.:), even at the corner there is a very well stocked and damn cheap SIMPLY market. Just a short walk from Loreto square, where You can get with buses or the tube. Common area is a good place to organise some hot food for Yourself plus You can interact with other travellers/guests if You feel it is worth it.:) People at the reception know all the answers and are quite nice and smiling.:)

Disliked: OK, just like always - You get what You paid for.:) So if You`re paying peanuts for You stay in a dorm room with 14 beds do not expect luxury. People are coming and going out all the time. No intimacy. At night they come totally drunk, sing or shout or quarrel. Some of them get phonecalls at night, sometimes their mobile alarms will wake You up in the middle of the night. They also snore like hell and fart all night long..:) Just a warning for a delicate souls who might feel embarassed, cause personally I do not mind - we are all humans.:)

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

aldo milazzo

Alone

Visiting friends or family

18 December 2012 aldo would recommend this property

Liked: big kicthen

Disliked: cold, during the day.

28.6%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Alan Correa

With my spouse / partner

City break
Sightseeing & culture

06 December 2012

Liked: Leaving! DO NOT GO THERE!

Disliked: Toilets were disgusting lots of mold on the wall shower makes the bathtub accumulate water , costumer service was a shame, their hidden charges, the entrance is very confusing there is no signs or banners to identify it, only a A4 print with California on it, the "lockers" are in plastic, they open the door for anyone without check it before. Heating was very low even with -2*c outside.

31.4%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

29 November 2012

Liked: Solo che ha il wifi e la posizione.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

14 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: De prijs/ kwaliteit verhouding is uitstekend. Kamers zijn schoon 24/7 open

Disliked: Sanitair verouderd Kapotte sloten Sommige slaapzalen zijn alleen te bereiken via andere slaapzalen Geen gezamenlijke lounge

42.9%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

09 November 2012

Liked: Cheap place to stay, but nothing else good about this place.

Disliked: The hostel was really poorly designed - we stayed in a kind of loft room, which was accessible through another bedroom so we woke people up if we wanted to leave/come back. The kitchen was disgusting, so don't plan on cooking here. To get into the hostel, you have to ring a bell, but no one checks who is coming in so anyone can come in, making it a little unsecure. The bathroom was really awkward as you couldn't shower standing up - you have to kind of squat so you don't hit your head against the ceilng. I also heard people arguing with the staff about how much to pay, because I guess the online description doesn't make it clear that you have to pay 2 euro for a blanket and 1 euro city tax. Also, if you want to pay with a credit card they charge you 7% more.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday

06 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location

Disliked: too noise

68.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

06 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Big kitchen with kettles, cups, cutlery, plates, fridge and freezer. You get easily in contact with other travellers. Good hostel for people who are travelling alone! Had fun :-). When you arrive they give you a map of milano an give you recommendations for the sightseeing. There are an expensive Carrefour and big Simply supermarket (good prizes, good food) near the hostel.

Disliked: The price for the bed was not obviously described, when I booked in internet. When you arrive, you pay your bed + 1 Euro Taxes for the Government per day + 2,40 Euro for the linen per day, even if you brought your own sleeping bag or linen. If you book one of the more expensive rooms the linen is included and you don´t have to pay it extra. You can read this while you are booking and finally in the booking confirmation that you get per email. They closed the Kitchen every day at 12 p.m. or 1 a.m. They cut the WiFi every day at 12 p.m. or 1am. Recommendation: always book in the Internet, also if you decide spontaneously to spend one more night . In the internet you pay less!

68.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

03 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cheap Stay, 24 hour reception.

Disliked: hidden costs!!! You have to add 2,30€ for sheets per night!

57.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Alicia Williams

With friends / other travellers

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

29 October 2012

Liked: Was not able to stay a the property because of the over booking problem.

Disliked: I was frustrated that there was an over booking problem. Even though another accomodation for me was made, the new place didn't have some of the things that Hostel California offered....such as free wi-fi.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Marek Drewniak

Alone

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

29 October 2012 Marek would recommend this property

Liked: Nice staff who provided basic information about localisation of most important things in Milan, rooms and bathrooms tidied and cleaned up every day, good localisation, good food places around. As for hostel and for such price conditions were at least good. Do not expect as if it was 4-star hotel: bathroom didn't look very well but it was cleaned every day. Sleeping with 12 people in the same room wasn't very comfortable as well but that's a hostel - if you expect to have your own marriage bed don't go to place like California Hostel. In general, all was very good and we left that place having good memories.

Disliked: Weird roommates. Not informing about 'city tax' fare before making payment at the reception desk (not big amounts, like 1E/day per person but still, we weren't informed about that).


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