CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Balancing the budget: Tune Hotel, Kings Cross, London

PUBLISHED: 14:31 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 21:16 26 February 2013

Big Ben

Big Ben

Looking for a hotel that's clean and comfortable but won't break the bank? Karen Bowerman tested a budget brand that's recently opened several hotels in London...

Through the round window, over stacks of terracotta chimney pots, I could see old and new London: the illuminated dome of St Pauls cathedral, the glittering shard, the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the gherkin squatted in between.


I was on the fourth floor of the Tune Hotel at Kings Cross, in room 420, (worth noting, since I peeked into a few others and mine definitely had the monopoly on space).


Kings Cross is an area of London known for its budget and backpacker accommodation. The Tune is the most recent addition to the fold, constructed in an old TUC building on Grays Inn Road.


The philosophy of the brand is simple and similar to Easyhotel budget accommodation where you pay for any extras, but here you get the impression style still matters too.


My room was white with a pale green signature wall. A large mirror ran above the bed. There were glass, retro bedside tables and square, inset lights: all rather classy.


Storage was limited to a rail with a handful of coat hangers but there was plenty of room for an overnight stay. And most importantly, the hotel is well placed for visitors to London. Its a couple of minutes walk from Kings Cross railway station, St Pancras International (for Eurostar) and on several bus routes.


If you prefer to sightsee by bicycle, there are around 15 Boris bikes available for rent just a few streets away while nearby attractions include the British Library, Camden with its famous flea market, the chic shops of Islington and Londons free Wellcome Collection, home to more than two million items, many associated with the study of the history of medicine. Theres also Londons canal museum, hidden in backstreets, just a short walk away.


And jump on a tube and you can be almost anywhere in London within 50 minutes Westminster, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye are easily accessible for a day out.


If you want to eat closer to home, there are several cafes (some offering internet access) fast food joints and bars. At the bottom of Grays Inn Road (near Kings Cross station) there are also two Indian restaurants next door to each other. The night I stayed, both were offering a starter, curry and rice for 7.95 per person and both were packed!


Of course, when it comes to booking a hotel room in London budget doesnt necessarily mean cheap. Tune doesnt offer breakfast or any in room tea or coffee making facilities, youll be charged up 15 for early check-in or a late check-out, and extras such as TV and toiletries can soon add up.


But if you cut out most of the extras, dine out for dinner and eat breakfast on the go, then Tune could be your answer. Its an easy, affordable way to spend a night or two in the capital...


Tune Hotel, Kings Cross London, www.tunehotels.com

More from Surrey Life

Yesterday, 16:06

Education expert Dr Ryan Hinchey, Coordinator of College Counselling at ACS International School, with campuses in Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon, answers your questions

Read more
Yesterday, 11:34

Surrounded by reservoirs and located on the banks of the famous river from which it takes its name, Staines-upon-Thames (as it is now called) is a town working to reshape its future and celebrate its picturesque riverside setting

Read more
Mon, 16:30

She may have recently moved to the seaside, but Surrey still holds a uniquely “precious” place in the heart of legendary children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson – not to mention the crucial role the county played in bringing everyone’s favourite and newly-returning feisty foster-kid to life

Read more
Mon, 11:59

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (23, 24 and 25 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Surrey is full of secret hideaways and hidden gems. Slades Farm on the Wintershall Estate is definitely one of them

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The new hotel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be located in the heart of the vineyard, offering sweeping views over the North Downs Way.

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search