I was recently introduced to the Tune Hotel concept whereby rooms are minimally priced yet finished to a basic though high quality standard. A branch of the Tune Hotel has opened recently on Castle Street here in Liverpool and I was very kindly invited down to spend one night* experiencing the idea.
Tune Hotels ethos is to provide hotels in central locations with 5 star beds and powerful hot showers in a secure and clean environment. I arrived at the space to be greeted by a very cheery receptionist who gave me a quick run through about the hotel and the information about my room. I was staying in room 503, a double room with a window looking onto the Liver building. I have to say the hotel is positioned in a brilliant location a stones through from the Liverpool One/ Church Street shopping hubs and of course the Albert Dock and waterfront.
My room was spotless when I arrived and I was really impressed with the automatic heating/ air conditioning unit that adjusted the temperature of the room accordingly. After unpacking my overnight bag I jumped onto the large, comfy bed (it was literally like a marshmallow) and popped Corrie on the large, HD screen.
The general idea is that the hotel room is sold to you at a set price for the basic amenities, optional add ons such as towels are £2.50 per towel and toiletries (Which smell ah-mazing and are by Prija which are pretty standard in hotels but lovely quality.) The television add on is £5 for 24 hours, £9 for 72 hours and £14.00 for unlimited access. The wifi £5 for 24 hours or £9.00 for 72 hours and is super speedy though a long and laborious form has to be filled out in order to be hooked up. An in room safe is £3.50 and the hairdryer £2.50 once activated for your entire stay. Other services include a travel adapter and printing service.
I have to say, the hotel was quiet and the bed was literally one of the comfiest beds i've ever slept on. One of my only reservations (see what I did there ;) ) is that there are no tea/coffee making facilities that can be added on...Drinks and snacks are available to purchase from reception but it's nice on a morning to make a brew. I also think the cost can easily be bumped up to a fair old amount with the add ons and necessities such as no towels as standard can catch people out.
Overall, I have to say that for savvy, budget travellers the Tune Hotel is one of the best i've stayed in. If you want basic but clean and modern then i'd high recommend trying the concept out.