Carmen and I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Kings Cross branch of Tune Hotels in London.
Tune Hotels offer accommodation in the United Kingdom and throughout Asia and say their aim is to provide a five star night’s sleep at one star price.
Their philosophy is that you shouldn’t have to pay for things you don’t need, so the rooms are very basic but come with lots of optional extras you can pay to acquire. It’s a bit of a new concept and being fans of low cost travel it was one we were keen to check out.
Location – The Tune King’s Cross Hotel is inside a classic old London building which is about a five minute walk from the bustling train station. The location is very central so all of London is at your doorstep and being so close to the train station there are lots of travelling options if you wish to venture further afield. There are lots of shops, pubs and restaurants nearby as well.
Room and amenities – Although the hotel is housed in an old building, the amenities are very new and modern. We stayed in a Double Room with a window for one night. The room was small but it was big enough for what it needed to be – a place to sleep and unwind. The bed was wide and comfortable though we only had two pillows between us, which made it difficult for reading comfortably in bed. An extra pillow costs a bit more. The bathroom was also small but compact and the shower was powerful and hot. Soap, shampoo and drinking cups were provided, along with a widescreen TV and a safe for valuables. This seemed like an added bonus in a hotel where you normally pay for extras. The traffic noise outside was muffled by the window seals quite well though the door let in a substantial amount of light from the corridor when the lights were turned off.
Service – The front desk staff checked us in and out without any fuss. They were friendly and polite although you will need to bring your reservation number or proof of ID to check in. But thankfully there wasn’t any fumbling with computers, lost keys or glum looks like we’ve experienced in other hotels. It was all done effortlessly and simply. The elevators were quick but very small – the building probably restricts their size. The Wi-Fi was easy to connect to and had good signal strength, plus there are PCs available for use in the foyer.
Comfort and suitability – We really enjoyed the room despite the basic fit out. When we are travelling we don’t place great emphasis on staying in glamorous, expensive hotels. We’d rather spend the money on doing activities and that’s what makes Tune Hotels a handy concept. It’s clean, safe and comfortable without all the expensive extras you inevitably don’t use. And when you’re in London yet paying £50 a night between the two of you for a room that’s in a hotel rather than a hostel, that’s a great deal for us.
We were given one complimentary night’s stay at Tune Hotel King’s Cross, but as always our views are our own.