The Tune hotels already have a good reputation of offering affordable accommodation in an expensive city like London. Their first hotel in London, Tune Westminster, has a great location when you want to visit the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben or the not so famous Supreme Court. So when I got the chance to stay at their second Tune Hotel Liverpool Street, I was curious to check it out.
The rooms are similar to the ones at Tune Westminster, even slightly bigger. The concept is the same as at the other Tune hotels, offering comfy beds, a bathroom and amenities you can buy according to your needs. All this at an affordable price.
At this hotel they also have accessible rooms for disabled (there are 13 out of the 183 rooms). The rooms offer wider doors, walk-in showers and handrails. There`s a special entrance at the hotel too.
There`s no breakfast place at the hotel itself, but you can either buy something at the coffee station where they sell coffee, drinks and small snacks or there are restaurants available in the local area, like only a couple of minutes` walk is Spitalfield Square.
What I liked, was the courtyard the room had a view on. It was wintertime when I was there, but I`m sure in the Summer it`s a nice place to hang out, have a drink and relax.
As for the location, the hotel is 10 minutes from Liverpool Tube Station. There`s a Tesco only 2 minutes away if you want to buy a quick lunch or snack. A few highlights in the surroundings are St Paul`s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge and Brick Lane. Brick Lane is famous for its curry houses, so make sure you have dinner there one night. If you want to see more sights, consider taking the number 11, it`s a great alternative to a hop-on-hop-off bus.
Things that did bother me: the wifi kept falling away (if you`re not an internet addict like me, this won`t be an issue for you), you could hear water running from the other rooms and you want to keep in mind that the tube runs underground, so you might want to book a room higher up in the building to avoid the tube noise.
People often ask me for tips on where to stay in a city, either be it New York, Paris or London. Finding something that`s both affordable and still well located isn`t always easy. But Tune in London does offer this combination. (There are two more Tune Hotels in London at King`s Cross and the one at Paddington will open 25 June 2012)
I was hosted by Tune Hotels, but the opinions in this post are all my own.