A weekend on a budget in London with Tune Hotels

Without a doubt London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive ones. Spending just a weekend in London can be very expensive. Last weekend I tried to have a wonderful weekend on a budget and I would like to share my experience with you.

Tune Hotels have just launched a brand new campaign and invited nine bloggers from different European countries to experience a ‘champagne holiday on a beer budget’ in London. If you know London, you know far too well how difficult it can be at first. I lived in London for nearly a decade, so I know my way around without breaking the band, but many tourists don’t. Of course I wanted to take part and shortly after my flights were booked. On Friday night I finally flew from Cologne to Stansted.

The concept behind the hotel chain is to offer a great night’s sleep at a great price. The layout of the hotel rooms is space-efficient with streamlined walls and focuses on high quality basics: The beds are 5 star quality with lovely bedlinen and a very comfortable mattress. The showers are powerful and don’t run out of hot water. The idea is to offer a great stay at minimal prices with the option to book additional extras for a small charge. The Tune Hotel is also located in very convenient locations, whether you are a business or leisure traveler. The rooms are cleaned in advance of your arrival and after every third night of your stay. For a little charge you can get an additional clean and a change of bed linen. Upon my arrival, I found a clean room and the bed was immaculate.

The Tune Hotel Liverpool Street is located at 15 Folgate Street, only a five minute walk from Liverpool Street Underground and Rail Station. It is a very quiet street considering it’s located between Commercial Street and Bischopsgate. The hotel is very easy to find walking from Liverpool Street Underground and Rail station. It’s only a five minute walk to walk, but there is also a bus stop in one minute walking distance.

The room is small, but all the interior of the design has been thoroughly thought through. There is enough space under the bed for two large suitcases. The room doesn’t have a wardrobe, but you can hang up your coats on hangers in the entrance area of the room. Instead of having bulky bedside tables, the room has two glass tables. You can also request a safe to storage valuable items and laptops.

Check in is from 3pm and you have to check out by 10am. I could stay in my room until 1pm on the day for a small late checkout charge and it is also possible to check in early.

A daily travel card costs £12 on the weekends and after 9am during the week. It gets you around London’s transport network until 4:30am the next day. It is essential buying one in my opinion if you plan on exploring London. There are many free things to do in London: Starting from visiting the museums to exploring the Royal Gardens.

Close to the hotel is Old Spitalfields Market and they are many great eateries that won’t empty your wallet but fill your tummy. My personal favorite is Wagamama, but then I am a huge fan of Japanese food. For burger lovers, there are two options in Spitalfields Market: the famous Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Bleecker Street Burgers. Very close to the hotel on Commercial Street is also a Nandos and Poppies Fish&Chips. If you fancy, there is a Pizza Express located on Bischopsgate.

If you fancy shopping but not taking the Central Line to Oxford Circus, you won’t be let down by all the shopping options the area around the hotel has to offer: Of course there are all the lovely stands inside Spitalfields Market, there is Commercial Street, die shops on Bischopsgate, Shoreditch High Street and of course the famous Brick Lane.

There are five Tune Hotels in London and the Canary Wharf hotel is the brand’s newest addition. While I personally think that the Canary Wharf hotel is more attractive to business travelers, I think the Liverpool Street hotel is perfect for leisure and business travelers alike. Stansted connects Europe with many budget airlines such as Ryanair, Germanwings and Easyjet to name a few. Not only does the Stansted Express connect the airport with Liverpool Street, but also coach companies like the National Express go straight to Liverpool Street from Stansted Airport. I paid £10 for a one way ticket from the airport to Liverpool Street, the Stansted Express is slightly more expensive.

For all details and prices, please have a look at the Tune Hotels’ website here:

Disclaimer: My return flights, a two night stay at the Tune Hotel Liverpool Street and all other expenses were covered in exchange for an honest review of the hotel. My review was not influenced in any way by the compensation and if you happen to have read my previous hotel reviews, you will know that I have high expectations of any hotel I am staying at.

1 Comment

  1. May 31, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    This looks like an awesome weekend. Wish I could have taken part! The hotels really do look like good value for money and comfortable.

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