My husband and I read the reviews for this hotel before we booked, so I was a little curious about the neighbourhood comments. It turns out this hotel is in a kind of sleepy little neighbourhood; most of the businesses are small shops geared towards the movie industry, and studios. Yes, SAFE area to walk around; we were within walking distance from a great diner, coffee shop, laundry, restaurants and bank.
The hotel itself is ultra clean, staff is friendly and very helpful, facilities are up to date, and everything is in working order. Only thing disappointing was the breakfast, the meat patties were gray. We walked to a diner just down the road which turns out was worth the walk!