Kolkata: Continuing with its rapid expansion drive, India’s largest branded network of hotels, OYO Rooms today said it will expand its network in Kolkata to 1,500 rooms with over 150 partner properties by the end of 2015. OYO Rooms started operations in Kolkata in April this year and already offers over 200 rooms in 17 hotels. OYO has so far partnered with properties spread across Kolkata’s major business and tourist-friendly locations, including Salt Lake, Jadavpur, Park Street, Ballygunge, Alipore and Garia.
In Kolkata, OYO Rooms offers high-quality and standardized rooms at a price point between Rs. 999 and Rs.2,999. All OYO rooms are equipped with standardized amenities, including comfortable beds, air conditioning, TV, free and unlimited Wi-Fi, a clean and attached washroom and a complimentary breakfast service. The company has recently raised INR 150 crore (USD25 million) in venture capital funding and plans to use these funds to undertake a massive expansion in Kolkata and other cities of India.
Kavikrut, Head of Expansion, OYO Rooms said, “Kolkata is one of the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centres of India and we anticipate a huge demand for high-quality accommodation here. Our launch in Kolkata is a significant milestone for us as we strive to create a niche in the branded hotel segment offering convenience through technology, exactly what the tech-savvy travellers of today understand and expect.”
OYO Rooms uses technology to deliver a superior and standardized customer experience across all its properties. The ‘OYO Rooms’ mobile app is a big hit amongst OYO Rooms customers and has been downloaded more than 3, 00,000 times. The app takes away the need to pre-book a hotel by making bookings lightning fast & easy and it takes just 3 taps to book a room. This app is the world’s first personal room service app that allows guests staying at an OYO to order room service directly from their smartphones.
All OYO hotels are also equipped with a tablet, running a proprietary OYO ‘Property Manager’ app that ensures a superior, hassle-free experience for all guests. Using this app, a hotel manager can track the real time status of bookings and room availability, manage check-ins and checkouts can readily view and action any special guest requests,. The app also helps a manager conveniently track payments as well as incidental expenses like F&B and laundry attributed to a guest.