No frills hotels to open in London
You've heard of no frills airlines, well now no frills hotels that charge guests for 'extras' such as clean towels and air-conditioning will be opening up across London.
The first of the properties will open in Westminster in the autumn, to be followed by up to 14 more across the capital by 2017.
Tune Hotels.com, which already runs nine budget hotels in Malaysia and Bali, claims that by stripping out the 'extras' from hotel rooms it can offer guests a 'five-star sleeping experience at a one-star price'.
Working along the same lines at low-cost airlines, Tune Hotels.com increases its room rates closer to the date of the visit and charges guests for all energy-consuming facilities such as air-conditioning and laundry services.
Its hotel do not offer restaurants, conference rooms, swimming pools or gyms, but they are centrally located and offer comfortable beds and power showers.
Room rates in Malaysia start at just £2 a night for rooms that have been booked well in advance, without any extras.
Tune Hotels.com, which is part of a private investment group owned by Tony Fernandes, founder of the low-cost airline AirAsia and Team Principle of the Lotus F1 Racing Team, has entered into a deal with London-based Queensway Group to offer 1,500 hotel rooms in the capital by 2017.
Mark Lankester, group CEO of Tune Hotels.com said: "More consumers are demanding a '5-star sleeping experience at a 1-star price' so that they can spend their hard-earned income on shopping dining and recreational pursuits outside the hotel."