If you’re planning on spending time in a London budget hotel, you might want to bring your own towel. In the same spirit as budget airlines, where anything more than your little bag of eight peanuts will cost you at least five bucks, one particular London budget hotel now has a fee for everything – even your towel.
Tune Hotel Westminster is located just 30 feet from a Tube station. You can make your way to Buckingham Palace in 10 minutes; Oxford Circus is a mere five stops away. Rates start at $54, and peak at $99 – what a deal!
However, for $54, you get one of the rooms without any windows. The room is also incredibly small, with barely enough room to open up your suitcase on the floor.
The other catch is that you pay extra for everything. $2.40 per day. Feel like relaxing with an English soap opera at the end of a day of sightseeing? It will cost you almost $5 every day that you activate the television. Oh, and don’t worry about the housekeeper walking in at an awkward time; you have to pay $12 just to get a housekeeper to show up more often than once every three days. Forget a free continental breakfast; Tune Hotel offers great breakfast, but it’s $7.
Could this be the hotel trend of the future? Perhaps budget hotels, like budget airlines, will start expecting you to always bring your own towel, and that $2.40 per towel rate might even seem cheap in a few more years.