Tune Hotel - Westminster
118-120 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England, SE1 7RW
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, No fuss
Expert review of Tune Hotel - Westminster
Opened in September 2010, this functional 79-room hotel is the first European venture from a Malaysian chain that likes to offer 'five-star beds at one-star prices'. Another dozen or so hotels are planned to open in the UK and I predict their savvy mix of irresistibly low pricing and clean, contemporary design will be a winner. There is a price of course - the rooms are small, facilities are basic and - as with some low-cost airlines - you'll have to pay extra for many facilities including towels, TV and Internet. Checkout is 10am 'sharp', but you can extend this to 1pm for £15...
Although it's called Tune Hotel - Westminster, a better description might have been Waterloo. The hotel is right beside Lambeth North tube station at a traffic junction of no special merit. The Imperial War Museum is close by, and if you walk west to Westminster Bridge you'll be in the heart of the city.
The hotel is spread over eight floors - if you stay on the top (sixth) level you will have to carry your bags up some steps. With an average size of 8.2 square metres, the bedrooms have a cabin-like feel and are fine for single travellers. Couples with lots of luggage will find them a squeeze (storage is available, £2 a bag). Some rooms are windowless, which could save you a tenner. I find the double beds here are extremely comfortable and there's a small shower/WC, but you'll have to pay for a towel and soap (£1.50) or bring your own.
The public areas are brightly lit with an undaunting colour scheme of white, grey and glaring red, plus large photographs of other Tune Hotel locations and racing cars sponsored by the company.
There are vending machines in the lobby and a miscellany of small restaurants, pubs and takeaways in the neighbouring streets. Guests can purchase a voucher for a basic breakfast (£4.95), redeemable at the Costa café next door.
Minimal but reception is manned 24/7.
Both business and leisure guests. The small rooms are best for single travellers - there are no twin or family rooms, but some are suitable for travellers with special needs.
Bookings can only be made online; additional services can be paid for at reception.
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- 118-120 Westminster Bridge Road, London, England, SE1 7RW
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