For the price, you cannot beat this hotel! As mentioned before, it's more of a big B & B, but for 50 GBP per night for the two of us, it was excellent value.
The breakfast was very good, although somewhat inconsistent. Some days there were tons of baked beans, some days about 5, only once did we have tomato, and often the orange juice had run out and we had a bit of a wait for replacement. But you know what? If you want the Ritz, go pay for it. The room was large, immaculately clean, looking out to the tiny garden. The shower situation has been sorted with 'boosters' installed to give a really good hammering (although they make a heck of a noise when operating). There was a lovely comfortable lounge to sit in next to the breakfast room, although we never used it as we were out all day. Very close to the station and on the central line, so it wasn't a schlepp to and from the city centre.
My only complaint would be the receptionist, Natalie, who blew hot and cold the whole week we were there. Although I had notified them of our arrival time, late Sunday afternoon, her whole attitude when we arrived was one of us having disturbed her Sunday afternoon. She's an ex South African, but didn't raise a glimmer of a smile when I remarked on the South African cricket shirt she was wearing. When I asked where she came from and how long she had been there she reacted as if I was delving into her deepest darkest history. Looked very shocked at breakfast when I asked if we could have our morning coffee after we had eaten (gets cold if it is served before, and we like to drink it after). Then she'd be quite reasonable (I would never class her as very friendly) and warn me about the bus strike on for the day, which I appreciated. She was also very unhappy when I paid at the end of the week, and she asked for the 5 GBP for the load of washing she had done for us in cash. When I said I had spent all my pounds as we were on our way to Switzerland, she was very unhappy. She took the payment on my card, but it left a nasty taste in my mouth. I also felt her attitude towards non English speakers wasn't good, she got quite frustrated when she battled to communicate with them at breakfast time (she does all the cooking, and very well too, I have to give her that).
However, we were not there for Natalie, and I would very much recommend this place for an incredibly reasonable place to stay. Don't let her get to you, you have very little to do with her anyway, and enjoy the convenience, cleanliness and comfort of this super place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 14 Room home-away-from-home B&B, less than 10 minutes' walk from Ealing Broadway station ( underground into central London 25-30 minutes; Heathrow Connect main line train less than 25 minutes) 9 en suite rooms and 5 basic rooms with washbasin sharing 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets). All rooms with tea/coffee and freeview TVs. Microwave in Breakfast room for guests to use for other meals. All rates include English breakfast / continental breakfast. Free off street parking. We pride ourselves on providing friendly and helpful service in a comfortable environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grange Hotel London