Lately, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of Tune Hotels popping up. I always wanted to try staying in one since I’ve heard good reviews about it.
The opportunity came when I needed a place to stay for an early morning exam. I live in the north of Metro Manila and the exam would be in Heritage Hotel which is in the south. Since I don’t want to be late and be stressed out by the traffic, I booked a room in Tune Hotels Aseana City.
Tune Hotels Aseana was just opened I think a month before I checked-in on September 2014. I really enjoyed my stay and when there’s a Tune Hotel on my next destination it would be on top of my list. And the following 10 are the ones why you should consider it too.
1. ‘Pay As You Use’ System
The unique thing about Tune Hotels is they give you the freedom to choose the services or amenities that you would like to avail.
The basic room would be with just a regular fan room. You can choose whether to have avail of air conditioning, wifi, towels and toiletries. I availed of the Cozy Package which gives a huge discount compared to getting the add-ons individually.
There are also extra charges for early check-in, late check-out and luggage storage. The early check-in and late check-out bloated my fees incredibly but I needed it so I just added these extras with my eyes closed.
I encountered a problem though with this set-up. I availed of the early check-in so I arrived there about 11am. I also availed of the late check-out so my check-out time is 2pm. When I went to my room after the exam at 12nn, the TV is no longer working. I guess the 24 hours was already consumed since I think their timer started at 11am. Although, I opted for the late check-out it doesn’t necessarily mean that the add-ons would be extended too. Too bad because it’s supposed to be my time to relax and watch TV after the exam. This is something to keep in mind when availing of the add-ons.
2. Electronic Key Card
An electronic key card is something you don’t find in budget hotels. Tune Hotels really take it up a notch by using this technology. It is easier to store than keys. You don’t need to take it out of your wallet to use it. All you need to do is to tap it on to the sensor to enter your room. You also use this to turn the electricity on your room.
I had a hard time using it in elevators though since you also need the key card to use the elevator. I was kinda ‘trapped’ in the elevator with an old lady since we’re having difficulty on how to properly use it. It didn’t register the floor that we wanted to go to even though we’re tapping and pressing the buttons like crazy. Luckily, one helpful staff noticed our predicament (going up and down several times without reaching our desired floor) and showed us how to do it properly. Apparently, you have to tap and press the button of your desired floor at the same time and NOT tap then press since a delay of a few microseconds then it would no longer recognize the number that you pressed LOL.
3. Super Comfortable Bed
Tune Hotels boasts of their 5 star beds. Indeed, it was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept on. If only I don’t have to review for the exam, I’d be sleeping like a baby all day on this super comfortable bed and oh so fluffy pillows.
4. Power Shower
Another thing that I really enjoyed is the power shower. All rooms have ensuite private bathrooms with heated power shower. You don’t need to pay extra.
Here’s what the bathroom looks like:
5. Large Windows
Every floor has large windows with a good view of the city.
Each room also has a window which is useful if you won’t be avail of the air conditioning. There’s nothing spectacular about the view from the room since all you’ll see is the the neighboring building on one side and some old buildings near Baclaran on the other side.
6. Safety Deposit Box
Every room has their own safe where you can store your valuables. Again, such a nice touch for a budget hotel.
7. Hassle-free Booking and Loyalty Points
Booking for a room is easy. Just go to their website http://www.tunehotels.com/ph/en/ and reserve a room like booking for a flight. It is also here that you’ll select the add-ons for your room.
***Update*** I did some additional research and I found out that you can get huge discounts from Agoda. I was able to book a room at 50% discount. Go to Agoda website, just click here and you might be able to steal a bargain too.
If you decided to just walk-in without booking in advance, you’ll have to book using the computers in the lobby.
From what I know, the rate starts at P888 per night. Please note though that there are additional charges: 10% service charge and 12% VAT.
They are also part of the AirAsia Big Loyalty Programme which give you points for every. The points can be redeemed for free flights or rooms. Just make sure to file a claim for the points to be credited to your account within 30 days. This is what happened to me the 30 day period expired and sadly, I didn’t get any points.
8. Friendly Staffs
The moment I entered the hotel, I was greeted and assisted by their courteous and friendly staffs. The receptionists assisted me for my late check-in and provided me the electronic key card and wifi access. They also wished me luck for my exam the next day.
The staffs are well-trained and always have a smile on their face.
All Tune Hotels that I know are accessible to malls, airports, tourist attractions and business centers
Tune Hotels Aseana is just a few steps away from Jollibee, 7-Eleven and S&R. There are no shops yet on the ground floor when I stayed there but I saw some available spaces for lease.
If you’ll be bringing a car, there’s a parking at the 2nd floor of the Tune Hotels Aseana City for their guests.
I didn’t know that they have a parking since I didn’t see any in their picture gallery. I just found out about it when the elevator opened at the 2nd floor.
These are the reasons why I’ll be checking-in again to Tune Hotels. They had set the standard high for budget hotels in the Philippines which would only make things better for us travelers and the whole tourism industry.
Here are some more pics of the room and hallway: