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Mid-range hotel brands break into India

31 May 2009

Mid-range hotel brands are slowly but surely making their appearance in the Indian market whose major cities and secondary hubs are in dire need of reasonably priced rooms.

In May, Marriott International launched its mid-scale Courtyard by Marriott in Pune. Located in Hinjewadi, this new 153-room hotel is Courtyard’s second in the country. Facilities include Café Momo which serves Indian, Italian and Oriental cuisine, a 668.9sqm meeting space and high-speed internet access.

Until August 31, a promotional rate of INR8,500 (US$181) is offered along with INR1,500 (US$32) worth of credit for use at restaurants, room upgrades, in-room dining and weekend tours.

Pune is India’s eighth largest city, and hosts many IT and automotive operations. Boasting more then a hundred educational institutes and nine universities, it is also a recognised centre of learning.

In other developments, Four Points by Sheraton, belonging to Starwood Hotels and Resorts, makes its debut in Navi Mumbai – one of Mumbai’s fast developing areas – in the first week of June.

According to general manager Sumit Kant, the budget-priced hotel will open with 89 out of 150 rooms. The rest of the rooms and the Chavana Spa will follow at a later date. Amenities include a 24-hour coffee shop, lounge bar,  restaurant, poolside garden for barbecues and fitness centre. For business travellers, a business centre, four boardrooms accommodating 10 to 15 people and a 483sqm pillarless banquet hall are available. The hotel is accepting reservations for arrivals on or after June 10.

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/hUIoE (Four Points by Sheraton) and http://bit.ly/BKj72 (Courtyard by Marriott).

Sandy Goh

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