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Reviews of Hostel California

Hostel | Via Lambrate, 18, Milan, Italy 20131

44.7% Overall Rating

427 out of 768 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (28/06/2015)

"As a photographer, the room I stayed in had a roof that was slanted which provided beautiful sun light that entered through the rooftop window. It was also mosquito free which was nice, compared to Florence."

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • 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

  • Airport Pickup USD 98.85
  • Breakfast USD 2.20
  • Linen USD 2.64
  • Towel USD 0.55

What's Included

  • Luggage Room

Important Information

**Cancellation requests must be sent via email ** 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 2015 : Reservations made for the exhibition (Salone Internazionale Del Mobile) in April 2015 ( from 13 April 2015 till 19 April 2015 included ) and the EXPO ( FROM 1ST MAY 2015 TILL 31ST OCTOBER 2015 ) are non-refundable and cannot be cancelled or changed. We have the right to charge the total cost before your arrival. The Booking is not refundable.

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44.7%

Overall Rating

427 out of 768 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Hostel California'

Atmosphere
43.2%
Location
45.6%
Facilities
37.6%
Cleanliness
43.2%
Staff
43.2%
Value
48.8%
Safety
51.2%
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57.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Tomas Cibulka

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

18 June 2012

Liked: Really good price.

Disliked: There wasn't free room in hostel California despite it was booked. They moved us to another hostel.

34.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Manuel Acevedo

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

15 June 2012

Liked: Nothing in this place was good. absolutely nothing

Disliked: Additional to the price they charge an extra 2.4 euros per day for sheets!!! The "breakfast" they offer is in a cafeteria 2 blocks away from the hostel. The shower in the room was located under a small part of the roof you had to crawl on your knees to fit. The staff is rude and unexperienced. The handyman, a guy in mustache was drinking beer and alcohol all day, and that was the way he worked, DRUNK!!! Worst stay EVER!!!

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Business / conference
City break
Events / festivals
Family Holiday
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Romantic getaway
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

15 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: very good quality/price ratio in such an expensive city, cooking facilities, sometimes you get better room (less guests) than you paid for.

Disliked: x

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

12 June 2012

Liked: The price was good, kitchen facilities were great to have (and there is a grocery store very close by), the staff was nice, and the beds were comfortable. If you are here short term and want to save money, this is good.

Disliked: The directions to get here were a little off. I didn't like that there was smoking in the common areas. Definitely not enough bathrooms. On my last night some girls checked in to my dorm after 12, which was annoying. It was even more annoying because they were loud with their stuff and then stayed up laughing and giggling loudly. The staff can't help their annoyingness, but i thought the latest checkin was earlier than midnight.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 20%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

11 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The price, common room, location

Disliked: It's very open, no keys from the rooms, dirty bathroom, poor WiFi connection, loud people, smell.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 June 2012

Liked: nothing

Disliked: They said there was no place for us even though we had a reservation. They sent us to another place further, dirty, without kitchen and without proper bed sheets... we had to came back by ourselves to complain and they gave us a room back in california hostel. So because of their lies we lost 7 hours, which we could spend for sightseeing...The shower and the toilet of the room were super dirty and the shower flooded. You pay 2,40 per night for getting a blanket that they do not wash after being used by the previous user. And there is a drunk guy all the time around, who is really annoying.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Visiting friends or family

10 June 2012

Liked: I've liked the fact metro station to town was relatively close. Also,very close to a big supermsrcet

Disliked: They've charged us for the linen (compulsory,having a sleeping bag doesn't help anything). AND that only included one sheet and a pillow cover,for the duvet cover you have to pay extra!! The card machine didn't work, so everything had to be payed in cash... Next:the kitchen closes at 11, so no communal place to be after that time (except in the rooms but that is disturbing for other people). The rooms dont have any kind of locks, so you either have to carry everything with you or purchase a lock.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Mehmet Akif Bardakci

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break

09 June 2012

Liked: v

Disliked: it is not clean.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

07 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Was there just one night, as a stopover. But I didn't find it as bad as others reviewed, especially for the low price

Disliked: No key to the room, which is weird, and no lockers as well. Should have one or the other

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference

02 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: THe personal is really helpful and kind. Room are clean and safe. It's is close to center and 10 minutes walking from underground.I will choose it again :)

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Istvan Nemedi

Alone

Visiting friends or family

28 May 2012 Istvan would recommend this property

Liked: great prize!

Disliked: -

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

24 May 2012

Liked: Anything. It was horrible

Disliked: Everything: the small room, the dirty bathroom, the angry staff...

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Michal Szakalinski

With my spouse / partner

City break

21 May 2012

Liked: no

Disliked: add 2,4 e if u pay less than 17e for bed linen

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

George Orfanidis

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

19 May 2012 George would recommend this property

Liked: It was a very cheap hostel

Disliked: You need a lot of money for deposit

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Esther Loos

With friends / other travellers

City break

15 May 2012 Esther would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is really close to the center of the city. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Beds are nice, room is clean. The reception is open 24 hours a day.

Disliked: It can be a little noisy if your room is in the front of the building. The bathroom floor was a bit muddy at the end of the day. But as a hostel visitor you should be used to this.

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

Jérôme Grâces

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Visiting friends or family

10 May 2012

Liked: The price

Disliked: For my second night, coming back in the middle in night, nobody opened me the door. I wait for 30 minutes without any answers at the belt! More than a problem of security, atmosphere, cleaning place,...it was a problem of access!!!

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

Customer review

Alone

City break

06 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great value. Spacious common area. 5/10 minute walk from the nearest merto.

Disliked: It was quite far from the centre but not too far from the metro.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

06 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The price is awesome! But the toilet in the attic sucks, but you could always use the toilets near the reception, which were clean and good

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

06 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was not too far from the stazione. The rooms were not too crowded and they were clean. I thought the price was great.

Disliked: I wish the linens had been included an more bathrooms/showers would be good.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

ANNA TAKOU

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

02 May 2012 ANNA would recommend this property

Liked: the people staying there, the atmosphere, how clean it was.

Disliked: that the common room closed at 23.00, a bit far from the historical center but the metro line was satisfyingly close

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Hermann Ross

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

02 May 2012 Hermann would recommend this property

Liked: good value at the price/ wifi, hotwater, beds and locality ie buses, shops, pub all nearby. definately kind to backpackers.

Disliked: Hermann left no negative feedback.

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

Alejandra Caballero

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

01 May 2012 Alejandra would recommend this property

Liked: the staff was friendly and helpul, the price.

Disliked: we booked a private room but they put us with 4 people more because the room wasnt ready, but htey make us a disscount the bathroom wasnt very clean, and smells bad breakfast was at a bar around the corner, not in the hostel!

48.6%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 May 2012

Liked: price

Disliked: Little or no atmosphere, the room was sort of a walkway through to another. bad smell. I'm not normally fussy, but was disappointed compared to what it appeared to be like from the site. I can't really grumble for the price. didn't bother staying on last night of my stay

65.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

25 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Bathroom in room,warm shower.

Disliked: Took me over 1 hour to check in.... puuh long queues slow working

48.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 20%

Izzy Parker

Alone

Events / festivals

22 April 2012

Liked: Free Wifi and map of the city.

Disliked: I experienced 3 very rude staff, one male staff stormed in the (all female dorm) room without knocking. One female member of staff was very friendly. The bunkbeds had hardly any space between them, I couldn't climb up my ladder to my top bunk without knocking into the next door bunk bed. The bathroom wasn't particularly clean and the wall between the wash basin and shower/toilet room had a huge gap so you could see straight through to whoever was in the shower or using the toilet. To add privacy it seemed that previous visiters had stuffed old toilet cardboard rolls and tissue to bridge the gap! The entrance was also full of rumble, resembling a building site.


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