Tune Hotels is a group of low-cost hotels founded by Tony Fernandes, who also founded budget airline AirAsia and is possibly best known in the UK as owner of Queens Park Rangers football club.
Tune is already well established in Asia with the UK forming the basis of a European roll-out. There are now seven UK properties open or under development, with Newcastle the next to open. Globally there are 42 hotels now open.
As a launch offer, you can book a room at the Newcastle Tune for just £15. I was actually able to find windowless rooms for as little as £10 in January.
You must book before November 3rd for stays from November 15th. Rooms are limited at this price – availability seems trickier for November but gets easier the further out you look. You are more likely to find something at £20 than £15.
The Tune concept is interesting. The company has invested heavily in beds and showers which it claims are identical to those found in high end hotels. As you can see above, the typical room pictures on their website look more than acceptable.
However, there are additional charges for pretty much everything:
£2 to rent a towel
£8 if you want your room cleaned more often than every 3rd day
£4 for TV access
£4 for internet access
an unspecified amount for a hairdryer and in-room safe
If you pre-book you can pay a flat fee of just £10 per day for internet access, the TV, in-room safe, hairdryer use, towels and toiletries. That is effectively getting you a full-service hotel package from £25 under this promotion.
The Newcastle property is based at 23-29 Side, five minutes from the main station. Given that the hotel will be brand new, I doubt you will go far wrong if you decide to book in for a night.
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