Bengaluru

24 bookings in first week for New Kumara Krupa Guest House

Prime location: The KSTDC has taken over 42 rooms on an entire floor of the New Kumara Krupa Guest House in Bengaluru and offered them to tourists.

Prime location: The KSTDC has taken over 42 rooms on an entire floor of the New Kumara Krupa Guest House in Bengaluru and offered them to tourists.   | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

These were from tourists who are being wooed by the KSTDC to the govt. premises

In the first week after its stately gates were thrown open to the public, the new building on the premises of the Kumara Krupa Guest House saw as many as 24 bookings.

A request from the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) to allow non-State guests to utilise the premises is receiving a good response from tourists.

Nearly two weeks ago, the KSTDC began taking online bookings for the new block of Kumara Krupa Guest House, located in one of the prime locations in Bengaluru — close to the Chief Minister’s office-residence and Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. Rooms may also be booked on two major online travel portals.

Guests of the State, too, can apply for accommodation on the KSTDC website by filling in a form, which will be approved by the Department of Personnel and Administrative Services (DPAR).

The tourism corporation’s managing director Kumar Pushkar had suggested to the government to allow the corporation to use the space. Four months ago, the new building of the guest house was officially inaugurated. It has 180 rooms. The KSTDC took over 42 rooms on an entire floor — the second — and offered them to tourists.

Subsequently, the corporation listed the guest house on its website along with its other hotels in the premium category.

According to the website, rooms are available for ₹2,000 a day (exclusive of taxes and GST), a factor, officials say, works in their favour in view of the location of the guest house, the affordable tariff and the fact that it is a government guest house.

“The number of official guests was fairly low. So, I requested the government to allow other guests for optimum utilisation of the space,” Mr. Pushkar said, and added that the first guest was from Kolkata.

Devaraj H.S, manager, New Kumara Krupa Guest House, said the new building has seen a steady increase in occupancy month-on-month since it opened on February 16.

“It is an eight-storey building. The ground floor has a VIP dining room and a restaurant, a gym, VIP waiting lounge, two meeting halls, a library, and guest rooms. The fourth to seventh floors have 30 suites. There are 10 deluxe rooms on the fourth floor. The ground to third floors have 150 rooms. Apart from one floor for the KSTDC, the rest are for State guests, MPs, MLAs, bureaucrats, and Group A officers from Karnataka and other States,” he said.

The main heritage building has 30 rooms and is open only for Group B, C, and D officers.

Depending on the response, the KSTDC may explore dynamic pricing of tariff based on demand and season.

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