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We’re all familiar with Ryanair’s low-cost price scheme right? The flights are cheap but you have to pay for all the extras (checked luggage, credit card use, toilet fees, snacks, etc.). Imagine this same idea applied to hotels and you’ll have a pretty good idea at what is about to hit London… the low cost hotel revolution!

The idea behind this low cost hotel scheme comes from a Malaysian hospitality group who is well aware of the potential for this type of project in Europe and especially in Britain’s capital. Prices for hotels in London are anything but attractive, creating a great need for budget accommodations, especially with the Olympic Games just 2 years away.

The plan? Tune Hotels will open its first UK hotel in the central London area (Westminster Bridge) at the end of August. Standard rooms will be offered for a mere £35 a night, a steal by London standards. The hotel’s revenue will be made by additional fees:

  • towels – £1 each
  • room cleaning – £7.50 a day
  • luggage storage – £2
  • hair dryers – £2
  • WiFi connection – £1.50 per hour or £3 per 24 hours or £10 per stay
  • entertainment packages – £3 per day or £7 for 3 days or £10 for stay
  • room safe – £1
  • breakfast vouchers – available at various prices

Tune Hotels is planning to open another 15 hotels in London within the next seven years (approximately 1,500 hotel rooms). The head honcho is thinking the same way that Ryanair‘s Michael O’Leary is thinking: passengers (or hotel guests in this case) should have the options to create their own experience and only pay for what they use.

Tune Hotel Westminster is located at 118-120 Westminster Bridge Road (SE1 7RW) within easy walking distance of the Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and museums. 10m away is the Lambeth North tube station on Bakerloo Line.

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8 responses to “Low cost hotels are hitting London this summer

  1. Actually the Tune Hotels are rated 4 and 5 stars, just at 1-star prices! Incredible really that you can sleep so well for such a cheap price in Central London.

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