Cheap and cheerful is the aim of the game at Tune Hotels and, like a budget airline, you only pay for what you use. Tune’s slogan is “5-Star Sleeping Experience at 1-Star Price” and to keep costs down services and extras you’d find in a regular hotel are charged as add ons and offered on a pay as you go basis, so if you don’t need wifi or TV you don’t pay for it. Think a no-frills airline but in hotel form and you have the concept behind Tune Hotels.
On a Friday after work I ventured to Canary Wharf and checked in for a one night stay at Tune. I love all hotels, not just luxury or boutique ones, and having never really experienced a budget property before I was really intrigued to see what Tune had to offer.
So here’s the lowdown.
Rates at all London hotels (Westminster, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Kings Cross and Canary Wharf) start at £55. I’ll use the word basic as for £55 a night guests get the essentials and not much more but the rooms definitely don’t have a basic or lacking feel to them, in fact they feel like a big first class cabin. And to personalise or add extra comfort to your stay, optional add ons are available to purchase.
Things you normally take for granted in hotels such as daily room cleaning and towels (rooms are cleaned after every 3rd night of a guest’s stay) are charged as extras at Tune. Not always ideal but a really great way to reduce costs for travellers and at the same time make money for the hotel if add ons are purchased. Other add ons include late check outs and early check ins, and I was pleased to see that wifi wasn’t extortionate but a very reasonable £4 for 24 hours.
We stayed on the Comfort Package which includes towels and toiletries, a hairdryer, TV, safe, and wifi, all of which are normally considered add ons. The Comfort Package starts at £65 and staying on this package felt like a normal hotel stay. It did make me wonder though what it would be like to stay without the use of a towel but for the low low price of £2 a fluffy white one can be yours and picked up at reception.
There’s no restaurant or breakfast area, but if guests get hungry they can contact the 24 hour reception for a snack or drink.
I think it’s a great concept and can you really go wrong for £55 a night? Or £65 for that matter when in return you get a clean room with a cosy bed and… my favourite, jazzy mood lighting? I don’t think so.
There are Tune Hotels in Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, India, the UK and Malaysia, and to get an idea of what a Tune Hotel in Malaysia is like keep an eye on Laura’s blog as she’s staying in one at the end of May.
(I was a guest of Tune Hotel Canary Wharf)