The Tune Hotel is unlike any other hotel I have stayed in during city breaks and holidays. It is within easy walking distance of Princes Street and directly opposite Edinburgh Haymarket Rail Station. It’s very easy to spot with red signage and a large yellow, high rise building. It is situated next to Platform Five bar and restaurant.
On our first day in Edinburgh we took a long slow walk towards the hotel from the bus station which is very central. Usually it would be a thirty minute or so walk from Edinburgh Waverley Station. This makes it a perfect location for city centre attractions, tourist spots and other places of interest in Edinburgh. We found it was easy to get the bus to Edinburgh Zoo, as reviewed here by Newcastle Family Life. We booked a windowless room with a double bed and en-suite shower room. We stayed here for a few nights for Adam’s birthday.
What makes the Tune hotel really interesting is the ability to ‘fine-tune’ your stay with added extras to make it as cheap or expensive as you like. Towels and toiletries are £2.00 per person, per stay and get topped up on the third day when the housekeeping is done. Freeview Television is available in three , £12.00 is for unlimited use during your stay. We also added unlimited wifi to our room which was another £12.00 for the stay. Usually check in is from 3pm but we paid an extra £10 for early check in as we knew we would be arriving in Edinburgh at 7am. We also paid for late check out which was a further £15.
Altogether our luxury add on’s increased our price and for a stay of four nights, we paid just under £280. Given the fact that our location was fairly central and the staff kindly let us check in at 10.45 – we took our chances with this one, our room had just been made ready for us allowing us to check in and get some much needed rest after our travel time, I am really happy with the price we paid.
I really can not fault this hotel at all. The staff were friendly and helpful, they let us check in early at no extra cost, they kept our bags safe on our last day for just £4 despite having more than two bags to store, right up until the end of the day as our coach was late in the evening. There was plenty of leaflets located in the lobby informing guests of all the things to do in and around Edinburgh. They had a really helpful information board with information on local bus routes to attractions and local tours.
The Tune Hotel really does cater to your every need. The only thing they don’t have is a restaurant however Platform Five is situated next door and opens at 7am for breakfast and serve food right the way through the day until 10pm. Our room was quite compact and windowless but we did have air conditioning in the room which stopped it from getting too stuffy, it did sound a bit like a kettle but the noise didn’t stop us from getting our rest. The en-suite and linen were clean and changed for us on the third day of our stay, however you could request housekeeping for frequently if you needed it.
The television had a range of freeview channels and was located on the wall in front of the bed. There was also a small pull down desk area which was suitable for holding small electronics. The lighting in the room was very good. Each side of the bed had a table and there was ample plug sockets in the room. There was a small shelf, safe – at a cost, hairdryer – at a cost, and place to hang clothes with a few hangers. The door had hooks for coats.
The Tune Hotel had absolutely everything we needed throughout our stay in Edinburgh and it was at such a good price. I don’t think it is particularly family friendly but we only stayed in a double room, there may be family rooms available and there was a lift to each of the floors making it suitable for those with mobility disabilities. A clean, safe, secure and friendly place to stay for a good price in central Edinburgh. I would seriously consider staying here again should we decide to go back to Edinburgh.