Interesting packages to look out for
COST Rs 32,500 per head
This seven-night package packs in everything from scuba diving and snorkelling to history and geology lessons.What’s even better is that this is as eco-friendly a holiday as possible. The cost,on twin sharing basis,includes your personal car with a chauffeur and guide,daily breakfast and all internal travel.
Location…a comfortable place to work…prompt service…flexible check-out rules...security. These were the five most repeated buzzwords thrown up in a random survey of frequent business travellers on what they wanted in a hotel. Did they actually base their choice of a hotel on these criteria? Ten of the 15 respondents in the impromptu, informal survey emphatically agreed.
This is the reason why business hotels are mushrooming across the country, why club rooms and executive rooms in even leisure hotels have grown to about 30-50% of the room count, why many hotels now offer a dedicated executive floor. Business travellers have always been wooed by the hospitality industry. But today’s corporate client is a lot more demanding and unwilling to compromise on his growing expectations.
If he is going to empty his pockets, or the company coffers, he expects real value—and not mere frills—from every paisa shelled out. No longer is he willing to settle for just a larger room with better bathroom amenities, branded toiletries and free breakfast, in the name of a “club room”, which costs up to 20% more than a regular room. So to cater to this discerning segment, hotels have come up with the concept of executive floors.
These come packed with facilities like a separate check-in area, teleor in-room check-in facility, wi-fienabled rooms (those who are used to paying a hefty charge for using the Internet in five-star hotels will testify what a boon this is) complete with a large screen TV and DVD player, a business kit containing everything from a stapler to paper clips.
Other facilities include an electric razor on stand by, private concierge, secretarial services, a club lounge to entertain guests, free access to meeting rooms, airport transfers, happy hours and complimentary cocktails. Above all this, the raison d’etre for an executive floor is efficient service. Says Navya Paul, a senior MNC executive who lives out of her suitcase, “It’s worth paying extra just for a quick and efficient check-in and check-out.”
As Aubrey Mullerworth, general manager, The Metropolitan Hotel, Delhi, says, “Any city hotel must be equipped to exceed the needs of today’s business guest if they intend to pursue this critical segment.” Of course, you can get your money’s worth out of a club room only if you avail of all the facilities.
Says Sonica Malhotra Kandhari, director, MBD Group, which owns the Radisson MBD, Noida: “Renting a decent business centre would cost over Rs 8,000 a day but a club room entitles you to free access to such a facility.” Then, most club rooms offer complimentary ironing or laundry services.
If you just bundle up your dirty laundry to take back home and insist on doing all your work yourself, you might as well stay in a regular room, which are usually just as comfortable. Similarly, if you are only looking for a place to crash, you don’t really need a club room. So what does the future hold for the business traveller? More pampering.
|Uncommon places,the affordable way|
|The destination: Sitla Estate,Uttaranchal|
Why go there: An unravaged paradise,tucked away at 7,000 ft,no television, no mobile phone network,fickle newspaper appearances—venture here all ye who want to take a break from “life” but not miss out on comforts.
Don’t miss: Long walks in the verdant Kumaon hills—excellent trekking possibilities too—and a visit the nearby Jageshwar temple complex (left) which is counted among the 12 jyotirlings in the country.
The living quarters: A 100-year-old house surrounded by 40 acres of orchards.
How to get there: Take a train to Kathgodam and then it’s a two-hour drive to Sitla.
Damage to the wallet: A double room comes for under Rs 3,000 a night, all inclusive.