Tune Cuts The Ribbon (and Rates) On Its First Scottish Hotel
In a first for the hotel chain and for Scotland, Tune Hotels opened up their first Scottish property last week welcoming thrifty travelers in the city to check out the umpteen castles, Edinburgh has to offer. It's a first for Scotland and a first in the new design for the hotel chain.
Last summer we told you of plans to bring the discount chain to Scotland, and now everything is official. The brand brings to the city, a la carte pricing for which they have become famous. Want towels? That's £1.50 extra. Room cleaning? £7 per day. Ability to watch some TV? £3 per day.
For those that can plan in advance, you'll see the cheapest rates. Room rates start at £25, but will skyrocket as the cheap rooms sell out. On a recent search in April, we found a double room without windows for £50 ($80) and a room with a view for £80 ($128). Once you start adding any normal hotel amenities, the price is comparable to local hotels.
The 179 room hotel is a fresh design concept for the hotel group and will be rolled out in all new properties around the world. It's centrally located in the Haymarket area of the city and it's just a short walk to Edinburgh Castle or Princess Street and a short bus ride to the local soccer stadium and the zoo.
In addition to bargain basement rooms rates the hotel chain has just partnered with a loyalty program guests can use to score some free nights, not to mention other things. BIG is a worldwide loyalty program that allows members to earn points on travel and shopping to redeem points for free hotels rooms and seats on low-cost carrier Air Asia.
[Photo: Tune Edinburgh]