*INVITATION* I think we can agree that London is one of the most expensive cities ever! However, there are plenty of ways to do London on a budget without missing out on the fun. The Tune Hotel Canary Wharf is one of these things. Under the motto “champagne holiday on a beer budget” they offer very affordable rooms in 5 different areas of London for the savvy traveller.
We checked in at the Tune Hotel Canary Wharf for 2 nights and really enjoyed our stay. Admittedly the rooms aren’t ultra spacious and this hotel does not compare to the luxury and comfort of a Four Seasons. However, it was much better than we expected! The last few times we went to London we slept in a hostel and duh, this hotel was so much better for an even less expensive price! But let’s start from the beginning.
As I already mentioned, there are 5 different Tune Hotels in London: Westminster, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Kings Cross & Canary Wharf. We opted for the last one because we’ve actually never been to this area of London and thought the near water experience might be a good idea. And right we were! I loved the location! Our hotel was located right next to the banking and financial district of London. We enjoyed walking through the district and the pier so much – I didn’t even think it would look like that at the Canary Wharf! There’s a big underground station nearby which takes you into the city centre via the Jubilee line within 10-15 minutes. Also there’s a DLR station and some bus stops nearby! Furthermore there is a huge shopping centre just 5 minutes from the hotel and various bars, coffee shops and restaurants right around the corner.
The rooms at the Tune Hotel Canary Wharf
For our stay at the Tune Hotel Canary Wharf we had booked a simple double room for our 2 night stay. What I expected was a bare bones hostel like room. However, even though it was pretty small they furnished it rather cleverly. Next to a really comfy big double bed we had a bathroom with a really good shower, toilet and sink. Furthermore we had a huge flat screen TV, some place on the floor for our suitcases and a few coat hangers. In a nutshell: everything you really need.
The Tune Hotels work on a fee system. So for the price of 70+ pound per night you basically only book the room. Everything else you need can be purchased separately. So let’s say you need wi-fi, that would be 5£ for 24 hours. Or you want to watch TV during your stay? Just book the Television package for 5£ a day. So basically that means you pay for whatever you need. I personally really like this system as I really don’t think you’ll actually need the TV or room service during a 2 night stay in London. Whatever you need: you gotta pay additionally. We had wi-fi in our room, activated the television and booked 2 towels for our stay. To book these things you only have to go to the reception and fine-tune your stay ;)
Champagne holiday on a beer budget
To me this hotel is the perfect pick for a city trip if you do not want to spend all your saving on accommodation only. As I’m out all day anyway and just come to the hotel to sleep I don’t think that there’s something else you’d need in your room except maybe wi-fi. As long as the bed is comfortable and offers me a good nights sleep, the shower has enough water pressure to clean me after an exhausting travel day and the location is good to explore all the things I am happy. And even though I’m a big lover of hotel breakfasts I did not miss it here as there were so many delicious restaurants and shops nearby. I personally would definitely go there again as I found it a really cheap accommodation for London and felt really comfortable in my room.
What do you think about these kind of hotels? Do you need a big luxurious room for city trips or would you rather save money on accommodation and spend it otherwise while travelling?
A very special thank you tot he Tune Hotel Canary Wharf for partnering on this post and hosting such a great time in London. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.
*picture 1 & 8 via Tune Hotels