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Review of Tune Hotel Clark : Great for a Layover

 
 

I am writing this review on a plane headed to Hong Kong, fresh from an overnight stay at Tune Hotels Clark. Bed quality? Check. Power shower? Check. Value for money? Check. I recommend this hotel to people who need a clean place to sleep, shower, and use WiFi. Other reviews describe this Tune hotel as ‘small but efficient,’ ‘compact and clean,’ and even ‘friendly’—and I agree.

While it certainly isn’t for the claustrophobic, the no-frills Tune Hotel is one of the best choices close to Clark Airport (also called Diosdado Macapagal International Airport). And for just $31 for two (including taxes and surcharges), you can’t get a better deal.

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Twin room - Tune Hotel Clark

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*Note: The real price is $31 after taxes and service charges


A very early morning flight brought me here. My husband and I decided to stay near Clark airport so we wouldn’t have to get up in the wee hours of the morning to travel all the way from Manila. We also wanted to spend the night in this part of Pampanga—an area I have always found to be fascinating.

The twin room we ended up in couldn’t have been bigger than 12 square meters, including the toilet and bath. It was designed like a room in a ship—efficiently and sensibly. There were two single beds, a pull-down desk for a laptop, a full length mirror, a towel rack, a window with blackout curtains, and a safety deposit box. The air conditioner (timed) and the ceiling fan worked perfectly. The small flat screen TV was hooked up to cable (also timed).  

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The fold-down desk


There isn’t much space for luggage. This is not a problem for those who pack light, but it can be an issue for people who travel with their entire closet. Keep in mind that there is no place to sit other than the bed, so don’t plan on hanging out in your room. Eating in would be a terrible idea.

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You need your keycard to turn on and control everything, so don’t lose it!

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The toilet and shower area was bigger than I expected. It seemed newly cleaned—always a good thing. Aside from the ‘power shower’ Tune Hotels is known for, a hairdryer and bidet were provided.  We rented a couple of towels and bought soap and shampoo for a small fee.

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tune hotels towel rental soap shampoo


Tune Hotels Clark is not the type of hotel you hang out in. All the reviews you'll find about it will tell you the same thing: the rooms are too small for anything other than sleeping. If slumber eludes you, go out.

There are several dining options within walking distance of Tune Hotels, from familiar to exotic. We ended up having dinner in a low-key Thai eatery frequented by foreigners and their Filipina girlfriends. The food was surprisingly good-certainly at par with the street grub we keep coming back to Thailand for. My husband and I shared a plate of pad thai, spring rolls, and a beer, then headed back to the hotel to rest.

Breakfast is not included in the price, but there's a cafe downstairs. Inform the receptionist if you need an early morning taxi to the airport. Tune Hotels has tied up with local taxi drivers who can take you to Clark International / D.Macapagal  for PhP300 or roughly $7.

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