SE1 7RW Travel Guide
So the Tune Hotel Westminster has been open just about a month now, and the TripAdvisor reckoning is here. The verdict of the people? Actually pretty similar to what HotelChatter said when we stayed there last month – as long as you know what to expect, for the money you’re paying, it’s pretty damn good.
The thing people keep mentioning? Obviously, it’s the size of the rooms – “REALLY REALLY SMALL” as one person puts it.
On the plus side, beds are deemed comfy, rooms clean, showers fabulous (as we said) and the hotel quiet.
On the minus, uhm, the rooms are small, and one review mentions a “constant hum of air throughout the night”. The only negative review is from someone who was stuck in the windowless basement room, who complains about a generator pumping out smelly fumes all night, but according to the hotel (they’ve replied to the review already) this was a one off problem that’s now been fixed.
So it wasn't too hard to guess yesterday's hotel snapshot but for those of you
who are reading this after the Labor Day Weekend who couldn't get it, allow us to take you inside The Tune Hotel Westminster.
Yes, HotelChatter managed to land in London just two days after the hotel's official opening. Thus we expected lots of fanfare and excitement on the property when we arrived. But when our friend dropped us off at 11pm at night, we had a drunk man carrying an open beer can accost us for money.
Nevertheless we scurried inside as fast as we could to check-in. Actually to be precise, we tried to open the door but you need a key to get in. Fortunately, another hotel guest was right behind us and was able to let us in. (You can also ring the front desk to let you in.)
We've been anxiously awaiting the opening of The Tune Hotel Westminster in London on August 30, which will be the first of many Tune Hotels planned for London in the next decade. Room rates are advertised for as low as 35₤ a night yet when we looked our pending London stay we found a room for 55₤ a night instead.
That's still a great deal but that isn't where the room rate ends. Remember Tune Hotels is a "no frills" sort of budget hotel and if you want the amenities you're accustomed to in a hotel, you're going to have to pay for them one by one. As you can see in the picture above, towels and toiletries cost an extra 1.50₤ a stay. Unlimited use of the hair dryer is 1₤. Unlimited TV use is 10₤.
Only a few more weeks left until The Tune Hotel Westminster in London opens on August 30 and if you haven't got your penny room, the hotel is now promising another clever way to win something at the hotel.
Tune has recently taken to plastering London taxi cabs, inside and out, with ads for their new London property. On their Facebook profile, they tease us with this:
These cabs are going around London mate! Get in them and take a pic of yourself and post it on our page, you never know what you might get for it if we like it ;)
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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.