Tune Hotel, Haymarket, Edinburgh

“This is a great spot if you like people-watching and observing, with amusement, the comings and goings of the city”

For some reason, Tune Hotel is seldom included in round-ups of Edinburgh’s top budget hotels. But, when it comes to value for money, we found it to be among the best in town.
Directly adjacent to the newly-refurbished Haymarket Station, which makes for a much better view than its former facade, Tune Hotel is perfectly located for business travellers visiting the West End or city centre of Edinburgh.
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Its on-street presence gives it a great cosmopolitan and infinitely European feel – as does the hustle and bustle lining its surrounding streets. Its vibrant red and black branding make it an exciting-looking and welcoming hub in the heart of what is affectionately dubbed Edinburgh’s ‘financial district’.20150918_080639
If, like us (and perhaps controversially), you prefer to travel to meetings by car, there are a limited number of parking spaces in the street behind at the rear entrance of the hotel.
Once you’re there, you’d be mad not to explore the city by tram if not by foot. For £4, the tram gives you unlimited access to both ends of the city and, after years in the planning – under much scrutiny and against public, local business and media backlash – Edinburgh Trams are now, undoubtedly, the most novel and contemporary way to travel.
There are limitless options for eating out nearby, where you can take your pick from every ethnic and cultural culinary genre imaginable. From BYOB (with no corkage fee) at one of the West End’s many Indian restaurants, to Mexican street food at Pinto, or French bistro-style dining at L’Escargot Blanc – the choice is yours.
Dining is also available at next door’s Platform 5, from which you can buy vouchers for breakfast. 20150918_080751
We chose a sit-down meal at ASK Italian on Shandwick Place (just off Princes Street) which does a great bottle of Primitivo.
Great wine, great food and a great atmosphere – not to mention an interesting view of the entrance to the Fantasty Palace lap-dancing club. But don’t let that put you off. This is a great spot if you like people-watching and observing, with amusement, the comings and goings of the city.
As for the hotel itself, we couldn’t have asked for better. It was great value-for-money and suited our business needs perfectly.
It was incredibly comfortable (even though the rooms are also incredibly compact), friendly and warm in every sense of the word. It was also scrupulously clean – which is always a winner in my book. There’s nothing worse than finding hairs in the shower and crumbs (or worse) in the bed.20150917_193113
Because this is a budget hotel, however, services are limited to keep costs to a minimum. For Wi-Fi, towels, toiletries, TV and a hairdryer, you need to buy a ‘comfort pack’ – otherwise your stay will be very basic.
We found this business model worked really well and the prices to be pretty fair. Check out the ‘add-ons’ menu below for details.20150917_193422
In short, our stay at Tune Hotel was functional. If you don’t need much space and are planning to spend limited time in your hotel room, then this is a great budget choice.
How to get there: By train, car or, if in the locality, tram
Where to eat: ASK Italian, Shandwick Place 
Where to meet: 23 Melville Street 
Where to shop: M&S Food Hall (adjacent)
How much to spend: Rooms start from £29 per night
How to book: Via the website
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