Moral policing in India ensures that holidaying or booking hotel rooms with the opposite gender is never easy. Prying eyes are ever present, no matter what your intentions. Luckily, the tech market has sniffed out this problem and found solutions. Here’s a look at apps and websites that make your accommodation process hassle free.
This startup hit the news recently for being the first hotel booking service for unmarried couples. What was initially meant to be any other booking aggregator by BITS graduate Sanchit Sethi, entered the market with this special feature for couples because they found the need for it. The rooms can be booked for 10 hours instead of the usual 24 hours. Details: StayUncle com
Oyo Rooms has been at the forefront of the hotel booking aggregator industry for the past few years. They promise low budget rooms and quality hotels on the go. The app recently launched a feature especially designed for unmarried couple-friendly rooms. Called ‘Relationship Mode’, it is available on the website and the app.
If indifferent hotels are not for you, try Airbnb. Local residents in a city sign up and offer their rooms or homes to guests. While everyone may not be as accommodating, most are up-front about their rules and do not mind couples staying over. They even have easy refunds if things aren’t to your liking.
Couchsurfing.com is a website that lets you connect with locals and stay in their homes for free. It is a great way to meet other travellers in the area and get an idea of the locality. You can search for hosts using several filters such as age, location, languages spoken and gender. Usually, the hosts never have a problem with couples or groups with mixed genders.
— Anagha M