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MELBOURNE, 3 October 2013 – Tune Hotel Melbourne will open almost two weeks ahead of its original schedule of the 1 November 2013 and to celebrate, is offering every room from an incredibly low A$50* a night including added extras.

At the handover ceremony for the new building today, Tune Hotels Group CEO Mark Lankester announced Tune Hotels’ first Australian property would bring forward its opening to 21 October 2013.

“While the official soft opening of the hotel had been earmarked ‎for 1 November, we are thrilled to announce that we are ahead of schedule and will bring the opening forward to 21 October,” Mr Lankester said.

“It’s not every day that things go well in terms of construction and development and we are absolutely delighted. To celebrate this early completion, we are offering all rooms for stay dates from 21 to 31 October for a promotional rate of just A$50* per night. And to make stays even more comfortable, we’ve thrown in a Comfort Package at no extra cost to guests.

“We know we are a new entrant into the Melbourne hospitality scene and we have a differentiated business model that is somewhat new to Australia. Take advantage of the celebratory rates, hop onto the website and give us a go!”

The offer applies to all room types - doubles, twins and family rooms. The included Comfort Package features one set of towel rental and toiletries, high speed wireless internet and Foxtel ready TV entertainment.

The promotion is exclusively available at from midnight ‎4 October until 30 October. The promotion is available on a first come, first served basis and subject to availability of rooms.

The 225-room Tune Hotel Melbourne at 609 Swanston Street, Carlton is conveniently located next to the University of Melbourne, just two streets away from popular Lygon Street, a short walk to Queen Victoria Market and minutes to Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD).

The property features an indoor courtyard, a recreational lounge, a restaurant, café/ convenience store, luggage storage, self-service launderette and computer kiosks. It is also equipped with a basement car park, something unusual for city centre hotels in Australia.

Tune Hotel Melbourne is the 33rd property for international value hotel brand Tune Hotels.

Including Tune Hotel Melbourne, Tune Hotels now has 33 hotels in operation in eight countries - 11 in in Malaysia, five each in the UK, Indonesia and the Philippines, four in Thailand, and one each India, Japan and Australia.
Tune Hotels has pioneered a “pay-as-you-use” concept that has become hugely popular among travellers from across the world. Under the concept, guests only pay for room rates with the option of adding on other amenities like towels and toiletries, in-room Wi-Fi and satellite TV service.

All Tune Hotels feature space-efficient, streamlined rooms focusing on high-quality basics: 5-star beds and powerful hot showers. The strategically located hotels provide housekeeping services, electronic keycard access into rooms, extensive CCTV systems, and no access into the main lobby without a keycard past midnight for extra security.

“We are looking forward to introducing this innovative accommodation model to the Australian marketplace and know it will be as popular here as it is overseas,” Mr Lankester said.

“Our opening comes ahead of the big Melbourne events from the Melbourne Cup to Beyoncé’s world tour, so guests can enjoy a stay in the city centre without having to spend a fortune on accommodation.”

Along with being the home of Australia’s first Tune Hotels’ property, Melbourne will also be the headquarters overseeing the group’s Australia and New Zealand operations, working in conjunction with the corporate office in Kuala Lumpur.

For real-time updates and promotion alerts, guests can stay connected with Tune Hotels via Facebook at and on Twitter via

For booking and further information, visit

*Terms and conditions apply. A$50 rate inclusive of Comfort Package and GST. Booking period 12:00 AM AEST 4 – 30 October 2013. Stay period 21 – 31 October 2013. Deal available on all room types, all available inventory.

About Tune Hotels
Tune Hotels is part of the lifestyle business conglomerate Tune Group that was founded by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Dato’ Kamarudin Meranun. Tune Hotels seeks to innovate and revolutionise the way services are made available and has employed efficient web-based technologies to reach and engage its customers, presenting a unique lifestyle opportunity.

All Tune Hotels’ properties feature space-efficient, streamlined rooms focusing on high-quality basics: a five-star bed, powerful hot showers and energy-conserving ceiling fans along with housekeeping services, electronic keycard access into rooms, CCTV surveillance, and 24-hour security.

Tune Group’s companies are Tune Air (a substantial shareholder of AirAsia), Tune Hotels, Tune Insurance, Tune Talk, the AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme, Tune Box, Tune Studios, Caterham Group, Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) and the Epsom College in Malaysia.


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