Back in the spring, I noted that Ryanair, the no-frills airline based in Ireland, was about to install pay toilets in their aircraft. If you’re headed to London on Ryanair, this is the hotel for you:
At the Tune Hotel — an ugly concrete thing that overlooks an even uglier empty office block and a Costcutter shop — you pay for the room, and the bed inside it, and then everything else — towels, television — will cost you extra.
It is the hotel equivalent of Ryanair, without the general contempt towards customers from staff. Then again, it’s only been open a week. Give it time.
For now, rooms start at a mere £9, though the fees mount up pretty quickly: a clean towel and a bar of soap will set you back £1.50, and the television runs £3. Wireless Internet service? £3. Room service? Not going to happen.
Tune, which has operated profitably in Malaysia and Indonesia, expects to open 15 locations in the U.K. Who will be their best customers in Greater London?
It would be as good a place as any to go for a lunch break with the secretary you are having an affair with, but you probably wouldn’t want to take your wife there for a romantic weekend (now I think about it, I’m not even sure that you could fit two people in the room).
But its perfect customer? The politicians, 10 minutes across the river, who are currently moaning about having to sleep under their desks due to the “abortion” that is IPSA. Nine quid a night for a comfortable bed and a short walk to work should soon shut them up.
Right. Like MPs are going to walk to work.