So you get a good picture of the situation, I have traveled A LOT, and have stayed in a wide variety of hotels, including really basic hostels with a shared bathroom. My boyfriend and I had booked this hotel for two nights, but ended up staying only one. The hotel is not located in central London, it is in Ilford, and it takes about 30 - 40 minutes to get to Victoria Station. When we got to Ilford station, we got a really really bad feeling, and as we started walking in the direction to the hotel it got even worse, its a 10 minute walk in a dark alley. I got a very real feeling of unsafety, the street had absolutely no lighting, and to me it looked rather dangerous. Disregarding our intuition, we checked in and decided to go to Central London; we went to a tourist information office and when they asked where we were staying they told us to be very careful, to never walk alone at night in the area and to hide our purses/wallets. When we got back to the hotel that night (around 10pm) the street was COMPLETELY dark, we were the only two people walking in the street and a man started following us, so we walked as fast as we could all the way to the hotel. Needless to say, we checked out the next morning and as we were leaving, we saw a few signs mentioning that the muggings in the area had increased and to contact the police in case people saw anything suspicious.
On the plus side I must mention that the night manager was very friendly, the bed was comfortable, the room clean, and the breakfast was good and abundant. The bathroom was clean as well, but there was no heating in there, so it got cold until the water started running and then the vapor would warm it up.
If the hotel was located in a different place I would recommend it, but given the conditions surrounding it, I would never stay there again.
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