What a great little hotel. In an old bank building, just blocks from King's Cross, this is a great deal. I booked on Hotels.com for about 100 bucks a night. Called ahead to let them know that I wouldn't be in till around midnight for my stay, and they made sure my room was ready for me upon arrival. If you don't book on an all-inclusive site, then you have to pay for towels, the television, the hair dryer, etc. but I didn't have that problem. Everything was on and stocked when I arrived. They even had a wifi password for me.
Desk staff was friendly, but I hardly needed it. Checked in, checked out, bought an electric outlet adapter. That was it.
The rooms are very small, but if you're spending a whole lot of time in your room, then why don't you just go to Ohio or somewhere else where there's nothing to see or do. It was perfectly adequate for what I needed, and it was super clean.
I would honestly stay here again. It's not perfectly central, but when you're that close to King's Cross, everything is a quick tube ride away (even Heathrow is less than an hour on the Piccadilly line). Some other reviews cited safety, but the area is definitely going through gentrification, so I wouldn't worry too much.
Definitely great for the price.
I stayed at Tune for five nights a recent trip to London. It's one of those bare bones hotels where I had read that you should expect to pay a (minimal) fee for amenities like daily room service, etc, which is fine by me given that the rates were reasonable in otherwise sticker shock London. When I arrived, I was told because I had booked through a 'travel agency' (hotels.com) many of these items were included.
The rooms are small (no desk) but with clean design, much like you would expect to see in Germany. Good wifi (worked from my room every evening). It's in a fairly central location without being overly touristy. All in all it was a good experience, and I would stay here again.
Correct address is 324 Gray's Inn Road.
- The reception desk is open 24 hours.
- Tons of inexpensive food options in the area, including doner kebab, Indian, cafes and groceries.
- The small convenience stores in the neighborhood have great prices on fruit (even during winter).
- ~5 min walk from the King's Cross/St Pancras megastation
- 10-15 min walk to the Wellcome Collection and Grant's Museum of Zoology
I booked this hotel for a recent trip to London just out of sheer curiosity. The a la carte hotel concept is one that piqued my interest, so I made a reservation for 2 nights at the Tune Hotel Kings Cross. There are good and bad points to this property, but it certainly is unique! Be sure to do your research before booking and don't be lured in solely by the cheap rates. If you know what to expect, I think you'll dig this hotel! I know I did!
The hotel takes a no-frills approach; you basically get a shower, toilet and bed. There's a television, but it'll cost extra if you want to turn it on. You can pay to use the in-room safe, hair dryer, and to get your room cleaned (I am not making this up). There's no closet, just a few hangers. Want a towel? You'll have to rent one from the front desk. Luckily pillows were provided as was air conditioning. I really like this new hotel concept -- why pay exorbitant hotel rates for things I NEVER use, like the gym, spa or room service? Our room was super clean, quiet and very comfortable! The front desk staff had a great attitude and everyone was friendly. You can even store your luggage while you sightsee (for a fee, of course). We left our bags for safekeeping with the front desk staff while we took a 3 day side trip to Paris! Very convenient!
Our room was very, very small, even by European standards. One of us had to sit or lay on the bed while the other moved around. There was nowhere to put the suitcase so it blocked the door. And the bathroom was more like a closet with plumbing. Only one person could fit in there (but you could brush your teeth while sitting on the toilet, a big plus for multi-taskers). We laughed at how small the room was at first, but then we started to think: "well, how much room do we really need anyway?" It is very cramped so I wouldn't suggest staying here for a long stay but for a couple of nights, it was just fine.
We opted for a room with a tiny window (you pay extra for a window), but if you want to sleep in total darkness, get a windowless room. I think I might do that next time just because it's a great way to make sure you get quality sleep if you are jetlagged!
The biggest downside to the hotel was the area -- while it was a less than 5 minute walk to St. Pancras train station (great if you are hopping on the Eurostar early in the morning and perfect for taking the Tube around town), the hotel is located in a bit of a 'sketchy' neighborhood. I did not feel very safe walking around too late at night. I wouldn't recommend this property if you plan to be out later than 11 pm or so, or if you are a single woman or a group of women traveling alone. I did not feel uncomfortable at all during the daylight hours but at night, there were many "unsavory" types lingering about.
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