We have been keeping an eye on the Tune Hotel Liverpool Street since before it even opened and following our hotel tour back in January, we checked in recently to see what it was like to actually spend the night inside one of the cheapest hotels in London.
On approaching the shiny new hotel you can’t argue with its location at the gateway to East London and a stone’s throw from Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane, trendy Shoreditch and the transport hub of Liverpool Street.
Parked on the end of Folgate Street the bright sign draws you into a slick, clean space which features the trademark Tune white and red colouring with a reception area to your left just after the easily accessible lift.Rooms have a refreshing colour scheme designed to be clutter-free giving it a bit of “boutique budget” vibe
Around the corner from reception is a chill-out area with plasma TV, comfy seating, coffee station serving hot and cold drinks, outdoor area with seating and two PCs with internet access (paid for).
Check-in was fast and easy. The friendly receptionist gave us a key card and offered the option to buy added extras such as a toiletries bag containing towels, shampoo and soap, or WiFi at £3 for 24 hours – a reasonable price which is in line with the hotel group’s commitment to transparency since Tune Liverpool Street is upfront about these add ons (unlike certain so-called “luxury” London hotels which hijack their guests for hefty WiFi charges during their stay).
Tune Hotels also executes service surprisingly well for a budget hotel chain thanks to its progressive hospitality recruitment policy which is based on hiring “attitude” over work experience and its well-organised processes.Add-ons are available at wallet-friendly prices that Tune transparently advertises on its website
The rooms are basic but bigger than those in the Westminster Tune, which has established itself as one of the most popular budget hotels in Westminster. All Tune Hotels (even the new hotel in the making in King’s Cross) feature comfortable Hypnos beds (the same as the ones found in many 5-star hotels), crisp cotton sheets, power showers and air conditioning. There is plenty of lighting, with mirrors, a plasma TV and a pole with hangers for you to put your clothes on. Our room had a window with views out over the courtyard, although if you are looking for even cheaper rates the hotel does have a selection of windowless rooms.The hotel even provides laptops that are available for guests to use – a surprising extra from a budget hotel
The Tune Liverpool Street is idea for visitors looking for an affordable base to sleep whilst spending most of their time out exploring the city. That said, the courtyard will be the perfect place to relax in summer with a book or to enjoy a drink. For the price of the rooms you really can’t complain at all.
If you’d like to see more original pictures of the hotel, do check out our Tune Hotel Liverpool Street photos on Flickr. By the way, rooms at the new Tune Paddington go on sale on 21st March at 12noon direct from the Tune Hotels website – be quick off the trigger to grab a bargain!
Photo credits: London Hotels Insight blogger Jules.
Disclosure: Jules was a guest of Tune Hotel Liverpool Street.