KUCHING: Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching and Tune Hotel Bintulu in Sarawak have been ranked among Malaysia’s top 15 bargain hotels by the world’s largest travel website TripAdvisor.
The website, which had again recognised a number of Tune Hotels’ properties under its Travellers’ Choice 2013 awards, said the friendly customer service, value for money and cleanliness were among the key qualities that had put these two bargain hotels in the country’s top bargain hotel category.
‘Simply convenient with affordable price’ and ‘exudes class while being ridiculously cheap’ were among the comments made by some of the TripAdvisor reviewers of Tune Hotel Bintulu while guests at Tune Hotel Waterfront Kuching praised it for its ‘prime location’ and ‘very good rates’.
Tune Hotel Ermita in Manila and Tune Hotel Legian in Bali also made it to the Top 25 Bargain Hotels in the Philippines and Indonesia respectively.
A notable comment for Tune Hotel Ermita was its easy access to ‘halal’ food outlets.
The listings were based on reviews and ratings by guests who have stayed at those hotels.
TripAdvisor chief executive officer and co-founder, Steve Kaufer, said this year less than one per cent of all accommodations listed on TripAdvisor received Travellers’ Choice awards, signifying the highly exclusive and select nature of the awards.
Tune Hotels chief executive officer, Mark Lankester, said as an international value hotel brand, the TripAdvisor recognition spoke volumes of their reputation and brand promise that was to give their guests the best deal and ensure value for money.
He said these successes came following the inclusion last year of Tune Hotel Downtown Penang in the Top 25 Bargain Hotels in Malaysia under the Travellers’ Choice 2012 awards.
Tune Hotel Westminster in London also won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012, while Tune Hotel Liverpool Street in London, Tune Hotel Legian in Bali, Indonesia, Tune Hotel Kota Baharu in Kelantan and Tune Hotel Danga Bay in Johor were awarded the TripAdvisor 2012 Certificates of Excellence for exceptional accomplishments in achieving consistent traveller reviews.
Tune Hotels has received over four million guests since the opening of its first hotel in downtown Kuala Lumpur in 2007.
There are currently 27 Tune Hotels with 11 in Malaysia, five in the UK, four in the Philippines, four in Thailand and three in Indonesia, with coming hotels in Ahmedabad, India and Melbourne, Australia this year, he said. — Bernama