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Hospitality in India is witnessing boundless growth with new era start-ups adding diversity through their flexible check-in and check-out facilities at cost-effective rates.
Gone are the days when booking a hotel room for a few hours did not conform to societal standards.
Today, different concepts such as capsule stay, hourly stay and micro-stay are changing the way the hotel industry works in India.
Booking a room for a day when you only need it for a few hours is a bit of a squeeze. A breed of young entrepreneurs have sensed the problem and are coming up with options to meet the specific needs of travelers in this regard with their progressive thinking process.
The hourly stay concept has proven to be a win-win for customers as well as hotels in developed geographies and is now catching up fast in India.
Here is a list of start-ups that are fueling the growth of the hospitality industry in India with their flexible stay offers.
Changing the rules of hospitality
In a bid to change India’s rigid hotel reservation rules, MiStay brings a lot of change with flexibility and fairness. Travelers, especially couples, who want to have a layover can use the MiStay mobile app to connect with all those hotels that offer multi-hour stays.
The start-up comes to the aid of business travelers who have to take transit flights and who need a hotel room for the least part of the day to relax and refresh themselves.
The company was founded in April 2016 by alumni of IIT-Madras Pranav and Sandeep. In a very short time, it has partnered with five-star hotels and hotel chains in metropolitan cities. It is a market for travelers and hotels to meet their needs.
Claiming freedom concept
Another hourly stay startup, breviSTAY.com spreads the message of the freedom to book hotel rooms at any time of the day or night without attracting unnecessary negative attention from any individual or company.
With its services, the company offers valuable assistance to couples looking for a micro-stay. It started its services in just five cities and is currently operating in 11 major cities of India. It also provides security for unmarried couples and offers stays of 3 hours, 6 hours and 12 hours.
“Couples need a room, not a verdict”
A Delhi-based hotel start-up, stay uncle, has forged links with hotels where unmarried couples can rent rooms for as short as 8-10 hours. The company was co-founded by Sanchit Sethi and based in Germany Blaze Arizanov offer young couples living in metropolitan areas affordable rooms with the assurance of total security. They can approach these places without fear of unwanted social interference, resulting in assassinations.
The start-up was launched in 2014 and within two years linked to more than 50 hotels in various locations in India. Sethi, an engineering graduate, once said that India has no law prohibiting couples from renting rooms. “As long as you have government ID, you should have a room,” he said.