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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- High-Speed Internet
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Contemporary design
- Numerous extra charges
- Tiny rooms