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