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While we're forced to wait until February for The W London, we're thinking of happy thoughts like Tune Hotels. Remember, The Tune Hotel Westminster is set to open later this summer and they have been making good on their promise to offer rooms for a penny.
On the hotel group's Facebook page, they just posted this announcement for the penny rooms, otherwise known as Tunedays:
We are delighted to announce that from 12.01am on Tuesday 13th July there will be 200 rooms available to book at our Westminster hotel for the cost of just one penny! The rooms will be available for reservations and will be allocated on a first come service. So make sure you have your fingers ready on the keyboard at midnight on Monday! Stay tuned for hints on which months these rooms are available!
Ahhh, that last line is key.
One-cent hotel rooms? We've heard this tune before, but this time it's even better because it's 1P—a penny for a room in London, yeah? Bloody brilliant!
Tune Hotels is the kindly benefactor of this promotion which will celebrate the opening of the Tune Hotels.com: Westminster, London in August. A total of 1,000 penny-a-night rooms will be made available, with bookings from June 29.
While we've been hyperventilating about all of the hotel drama here in the US, Tune Hotels over in Asia are breeding like rabbits. Very budget-friendly rabbits, that is.
Oh yea, they're totally still going for those planned 15 new Tune Hotels in London by 2017, but that doesn't mean that their focus is off the region where they began and do so well. Tune, a Kuala Lumpur-based chain that often has rooms for $1 (but in the local currency), has now opened two new locations in Indonesia, in Kuta Bali and Legian Bali, and two more in Malaysia, in Kota Damansara township (near the KL airport) and Danga Bay.
That now makes a lucky seven Tunes in Malaysia, plus the two new locations in Indonesia. Their first London hotel is due in only a couple monthsin Augustto be followed by a whole slew of them in India too. Pile on top of this the news that their no-frills rooms are now equipped with 32" flatscreen TVs, and the in-room WiFi service continues. Still no word regarding Tune's entrance into the US sadly, but at least for now Tunes will retain their exotic appeal for us.
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It feels like just yesterday that we had Tony Fernandes on the phone, the co-founder of Kuala Lumpur-based chain of budget hotels, and he was all about expanding Tune into America. But first things first for Fernanades and Tune, as they've just announced plans to plant 15 Tune Hotels in the greater London area, since London is a destination already served by Tune's partner low-cost airline, Air Asia.
They're grand plansputting 15 new hotels up in London by 2017considering how it took Tune Hotels since 2007 to do the seven they have now, with five of those in Malaysia and two in Bali, Indonesia.
That said, they've definitely gained momentum with the the popularity of their no-frills rooms with 5-star beds, which can begin as low as 85 cents a night, but extras like towel rental and air conditioning incur added fees. They like to call it "5-star sleeping experience at a 1-star price," but guests prefer to simply say, "awesome bargain."
Where else you'll be able to stay with Tune soon, after the jump.
On Sunday, we were lucky enough to get mogul Tony Fernandes on the phone to discuss a few things surrounding the arrival of his Air Asia X airline on US soil. He also happens to be the man behind the Kuala Lumpur-based chain of budget Tune Hotels.
While we were discussing the likelihood of the US seeing cheap flights to Southeast Asia on Air Asia X, we didn't forget to slip in a few questions regarding if Tune Hotels would come along for the ride.
And here's what Tony said...
Tony Fernandes is a clever man. Not only has he pioneered low cost flying in Asia and now cross-continent to Australia and the UK, but he’s also started the Tune hotel brand – a bit like an even more budget easyHotel.
The idea is simple – charge rock bottom prices for a room (current offers range from 0.05 Malaysian ringgits, or $0.01) to a max of about 75RM ($20). Keep said room as basic as possible. Then ratchet up the bill by charging for the extras, and top up by turning the hotel into a giant billboard with ads everywhere –from the rooms to the lift.
For instance, we just spent three nights there. Our room rate? 75RM, or $20, a night. But add in a service charge, tax, admin fee, wifi, aircon and towel rental, and we spent 382RM ($104) in all. Was it worth it?
Last time we wrote about Kuala Lumpur’s Tune Hotel, it got a roaring thumbs up. But while its success is about to spawn three new hotels (in Penang, Kuching and KL’s low cost airport), is the original starting to let itself go a bit?
We only ask because when we first arrived, we were a bit disappointed. For a start, the room is small. We paid a little extra (£25 a night, rather than about £22) and ordered a double for ourselves because we read on TripAdvisor that the singles were really weeny – but we still got a bit of a shock.
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We are seriously considering giving up our costly New York rent for the impossibly affordable, recently reslashed down to 1 cent a night deal that Tune Hotels is offering at their Kuching, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Sepang, Malaysia locations.
Talk about serious basement pricing! The old 85 cents a night price now seems like a massive rip off with the latest one penny a night deal at select Tune Hotels. Folks! Can it get any cheaper!?
Despite the worldwide economy in the toilet, one budget hotel chain sure thinks their stuff doesn't stink, so much so it's offering rooms for less than a dollar a night.
Tune Hotels CEO Mark Lankester told the Malaysian news agency Bernama that he is going forward with his plan to have 100 Tune Hotels opened or in development within the next three years, and three of those hotels are opening in the first few months of '09: Kuching, Penang and within the low-cost carrier terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The promotional pre-launch rates for those rooms start at about RM3.00, or roughly 85 cents, for stays between March and October.
That's cheaper than the £1 rooms at Umi Hotels in the UK!
While most of you are suntanning at your beach houses, lake houses and boat houses, we're still here at our desks. No, we're not bitter. Here are your news briefs. Hope your hot dog doesn't burn!
· W Bangkok Is Happening: W Hotels broke ground on their Bangkok location today. The 400-room hotel will open in 2010. [Business 24-7]
· Comedian and Designer Brave The Surf Lodge: Jerry Seinfeld and Ralph Lauren (random!) brave the Sam Talbot restaurant at the Surf Lodge which has received some poor reviews. We can imagine Jerry saying, "So what's the deal with the celebrity chef restaurant these days?" [Page Six]
· Chocoholics Head to Grand Hyatt: Travel Chocolate, a 100-gram chocolate bar made up of fair trade certified 70% dark chocolate, is now on sale at the Grand Hyatt on East 42nd Street in Manhattan. [PRweb]
· Blogger Discovers TuneHotels: TuneHotels is cheap we know but blogger Dan'Lion discovered that booking two single rooms for two people is actually cheaper than booking a double room. Nice work. [Danlion]
· Paul Pierce's Four-Hour Massage: Celtics star and MVP Paul Pierce certainly deserves a massage but a four-hour one and by the pool at the Hard Rock? Ew....[TMZ]