HOTEL OF THE WEEK TUNE HOTEL
WHEN you have to pay extra for a room with a window, you know you are staying in budget accommodation. And so, I booked my room at the Tune Hotel, Liverpool Street, with more than a little trepidation.
Still, I did not expect to be handed a paper bag upon arrival, containing one towel and some “own brand” toiletries (all-in-one shampoo and conditioner, soap, no shower gel) – which was another extra at £1.50. But with its cheery redesign and even cheerier staff, nothing could put me off this haven of good value in a famously overpriced capital.
Less than five minutes’ walk from this well-connected tube, mainline and Stansted Express station, the Tune Hotel is ideal for those visiting London on business. If your business is leisure however, beware the rather brutal 10am check-out time, and the £15 penalty if you overstay your welcome.
The lobby was clean and inviting, in a tasteful red and black colour scheme that suits the hotel’s minimal design. The bathroom was spotless, if compact, and the shower powerful, although that didn’t help the all-in-one shampoo and conditioner, which failed to have any impact whatsoever on my hair. The bright lighting and tiny proportions of the room (at least there’s a TV) measuring about five metres by three, did provoke a feeling of claustrophobia, and I was grateful for that window.
But who needs space when rooms start at £35? It would be wise to spend some of the money saved on ear plugs, as a squeal could occasionally be heard, presumably the lift. If you had to spend more than one night here, or, indeed, more than one waking hour you may find the accommodation a little too functional for comfort.
But if you’re looking for a cheap, central, clean place to stay, the Tune Hotel strikes the right note. RATES: from £35 a night ONLINE BOOKING: www.tunehotels.com
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Small, but who needs space when rates start at £35 per night in London