During my recent stay in London, I had the chance to be invited by Tune Hotels, a hotel chain that recently opened two locations in London: one in Westminster, and another near Liverpool Street. While both are ideal base for those who wish to be in London for the Olympics or Reading Festival, I stayed at the latter, and absolutely loved it!
Tune Hotels have an innovative concept: pay as you go hotel rooms. Yes, you read that right! Basically, each guest gets to choose what he needs during his stay, instead of paying an overpriced room with unnecessary extras. You don’t want windows? You don’t need Internet or cable? You brought your own towels? All these options, and more, can help you lower the costs of your stay (and therefore allow you to spend longer nights at the pub next door). You pick what you want, and only pay for that.
The rooms are actually pretty great, too. The hotel is brand new, and it shows! Everything is impeccable and neat, from the wallpaper to the shower to the linen. The room felt high-quality, and for £35 per night, one could expect something much worse than that! It really is a steal at that price. I think my favorite surprise was the huge courtyard behind the hotel. Exclusive to the guests, it’s opened from morning to evening and has mature trees, and several tables to sit at and soak up the sun.
Another great thing about this hotel is the location. A 5 minute walk from Liverpool Steet tube and rail station (therefore served by dozens of bus routes, too), it’s very close to the quirky shops and markets of Shoreditch, and the yummy curry houses of Brick Lane. There is no such thing as a lack of things to do in this neighborhood!
My only advice would be to book far in advance or look out for the sales. As much as I love the pay as you go concept of Tune Hotels, I don’t think the rooms alone are worth £100+ per night if guests have to pay everything they need in supplement – lots of hotels will offer similar rates with Internet, breakfast and toiletries included. But if you can score a room under £100, it’s definitely worth it.
Being a regular guest in hotels, I often have the feeling I overpaid just to get the privilege of staying in a hotel, instead of a hostel. But at Tune Hotels, I didn’t get that feeling at all – hostel prices, hotel quality. The best of both worlds, really.
Disclaimer: I was offered a complimentary stay by Tune Hotels. As always, all opinions are my own.
Have you stayed at Tune Hotels before? Would you be interested in a pay as you go concept?