I have both lived in the neighborhood and stayed at this 'hotel'. The neighborhood is quiet and reasonably safe, but Ealing is hardly the center of anything, so if you are looking for budget accommodation and sightseeing you are putting yourself probably at least 50-60 minutes via tube from anything in central London. It's about equal distance walk (10 to 15 minutes) to either Ealing Common or Ealing Broadway tube. There are far more shops up towards Broadway. Down the block is a very nice open green-space (Ealing Common). This is very much a residential area.
Next, this neighborhood is mostly a collection of bed-sitter and 2 & 3 room apartments in older apartment buildings. Much of the construction is the 1940s-50s, and none of them have central heat. Most get by with some form of fan heater in the room. Bathroom facilities are also quite dated. This hotel reflects all of that. It's an old apartment building that they re-purposed into a hotel by knocking down a few walls, and they did all of that no more recently than the 1960s. It's old, dark, drafty, cold, and has had many visitors, mostly not terribly affluent. That said, you will find it hard to find budget temporary accommodation in this area, which explains how it gets by.More
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