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How does the Sea Containers London ‘Commuter Club’ hotel subscription work?

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In another article today we reviewed the Sea Containers London hotel on the South Bank.

Sea Containers recently launched its innovative ‘Commuter Club’ hotel subscription, website here. It lets you stay here for a number of nights per month for a flat fee – with the hotel storing your items between visits.

This is how it works.

Sea Containers London 'Commuter Club' hotel subscription

How does ‘Commuter Club’ work?

Sea Containers isn’t the first hotel to launch a subscription package – we’ve seen hotels try this more and more, particularly after covid. In the past, it’s typically been from select service hotels, so it’s interesting to see a luxury hotel like Sea Containers give it a go.

What is particularly interesting about Commuter Club is that they give you access to a ‘Cabin Trunk’ to store your belongings at the hotel when you are away.

That means you can leave a suit or something similar in London, without having to travel with it all the time.

It is, literally, a trunk:

Sea Containers London 'Commuter Club' hotel subscription

On the inside you have one open space, with ‘drawers’ on the other half:

Sea Containers London 'Commuter Club' hotel subscription

The trunk is stored on site and delivered to your room for your stays.

There are three tiers:

  • The Part Timer: 5 nights per month at £1,550 per month (60 nights/year)
  • The Regular Traveller: 7.5 nights per month at £2,300 per month (90 nights/year)
  • The Committed Traveller: 10 nights per month at £2,700 per month (120 nights/year)

Prices are based on a 12-month subscription. At the top end, your cost per night is £270 whilst for The Part Timer you are paying £310 per night.

These prices are based on a standard room. The hotel is happy to offer prices for other room categories, or for 10+ nights per month, on request.

You also get a raft of other benefits:

  • Coffee and granola bar to go each morning
  • Personalised in-room amenity selection
  • Free pet stay (including their own amenities!)
  • Secure bike storage
  • 15% discount in restaurants and bars
  • Use of the steam room and gym
  • Guaranteed availability if booked 14 days in advance
  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to arrival

Committed Traveller subscriptions also come with eight free tickets per year to the Curzon Cinema in the hotel’s basement.

Sea Containers London 'Commuter Club' hotel subscription

There are two other benefits you can easily miss

Whilst played down a little by the hotel, there are two other benefits which can be equally valuable:

  • You can name up to three family and friends who can make use of your room nights
  • You can also use up to 10% of your allowance of nights at other Lore Group hotels – the Pulitzer Amsterdam, One Hundred Shoreditch, Riggs Washington DC and Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam

Is Sea Containers ‘Commuter Club’ good value?

Generally, yes.

Depending on your package you are paying between £270 and £310 per night.

August aside, you won’t get a room at Sea Containers London midweek for this price if you make standalone bookings. You are generally looking at £400+.

Your exact saving would depend on the days of the week you would typically stay, and whether you would otherwise be booking flexible or non-refundable rates.

You also need to factor in the added value from having the hotel store items for you.

The risk, of course, is that you need to commit for 12 months whilst hoping for no change in your working patterns.

If you’ve not read Part 1 of this feature yet, click here for our review of the Sea Containers London hotel.

You can find out more about ‘Commuter Club’ on the Sea Containers London website here.

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Comments (40)

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  • Mark Janes says:

    At those higher tiers I’d consider renting a studio apartment instead. That way you get a more home-like environment, total flexibility, a place to cook and more capacity to store your stuff.

    • Londonsteve says:

      If you can find one that isn’t let within 30 minutes of going on the market, isn’t falling to bits with a vermin problem, doesn’t require a 3 year contract with a year of rent upfront, that doesn’t go to sealed bids after a viewing afternoon, and so on…. Sea Containers Hotel know exactly what they’re doing and why.

      • Chris W says:

        Yes the London rental market is tight right now but its not as dramatic as you make out. No-one is asking for a 3 year lease with a year upfront rent.

        These were all fairly predictable consequences of a major city during and after a global pandemic – people leave during the pandemic, and return afterwards. (just like the inflation)

        You could easily find a studio apartment for 2,500 per month.

        • Rob says:

          My 90 sqm 1 bed river view flat in Wapping, with balcony overlooking the Thames and a 15 second walk to the tube, is renting for just over £2k per month.

          Admittedly I could probably kick it up a bit but the tenants are nice people, I don’t need the money and they know I want it back in 2026 if my daughter goes to Uni in London.

  • Bagoly says:

    Other than the ability to substitute people, and to the sister hotels, I agree that this doesn’t look to offer anything one couldn’t expect to negotiate at many places (including providers of serviced apartments)
    The fixed (or probably in practice, minimum) 12 months term is particularly limiting.
    I wonder to what extent it’s driven by Finance wanting to show committed cash coming in against which to borrow.

    I would see the logic much more at something more modest like a Staybridge – a kitchenette is key to reducing F&B cost.

  • MT says:

    While it works out cheaper in some ways, the fact you spend so many nights at a hotel, earn 0 points to use personally and no status anywhere it seems a pretty poor deal overall. Also generally you can find a decent hotel in London for £300 ish a night especially if combining Amex offers.

    While the hotel is decent, the fact it isn’t aligned to any group works very much against it, especially I would think in regards the HfP crowd.

  • AirMax says:

    Interesting proposition and it would be nice to see competitor hotels doing something maybe cheaper.

    Granola bar though..

  • Tom says:

    I already have a significantly better deal with the Bankside just around the corner. I get points, upgrades, late check out, exec lounge, breakfast, use of the gym/pool when I’m not staying.

    Sure, no Tom Dixon or M&G shampoo but it’s just for work.

  • Alex says:

    As someone that is doing 2 nights/week in London I would be very keen to reduce accommodation costs.

    Do people have any pointers where to start and what kind of a deal I could possibly get?

    • Richie says:

      When nothing is happening at the ExCel centre, do the hotel prices aroind there fall? Would the DLR/ Elizabeth line trains be good for you?

      • tony says:

        @Richie yes, rates around Excel are very low most of the time, but the location can be awkward depending where you need to be in London. I put a high value on a convenient location.

        @Alex, I find a great starting point is the hotels view on google maps. Play around with that and you start to see patterns emerging. Obviously depending on budget you need to make a call. Not sure if 8 nights a month would be enough for most hotels to be bothered with. I flip between a bunch of high end City properties on midweek nights and haven’t paid more than £295 a night.

        • Richie says:

          There’s an Ibis Styles hotel across the road from Custom House Elizabeth Line station, you’d be in Central London very quickly from there.

          • Save East Coast Rewards says:

            The Ibis Styles is an asylum hotel currently. Which is a shame as it’s in a useful location. I usually stay at the Doubletree Excel when I need to be in that area

    • pauldb says:

      I’ve got 60+ nights booked up at the Hyatts in Stratford this year to earn Globalist, rarely more than £200/n and that’s a mix of Hyatt Prive ($100 F&B) or Flex w/ Breakfast. They haven’t shown any interest in a bespoke deal though. Not an inspiring location but convenient for amenities and the Central or Elizabeth Line, or Boris bikes!

  • Andrew. says:

    That could be so much better if the breakfast option was a hot drink and a visit to a granola bar.

  • Henry Young says:

    I have long thought that there is a gap in the market for a convergence between accommodation and storage.

    • tony says:

      Well Premier Inn are part way there as many properties seem to participate in a 3rd party luggage store scheme for £5 a day or so.

      I suspect the liability of trying to offer this as a bundled service makes it prohibitive, but PI rely on the 3rd party’s insurance.

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