The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

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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