Kerala

A hotel run for women by women

Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran flagging off the motorbike rally organised by a women’s group at the all-women hotel of the KTDC at the bus terminal complex of KSRTC in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran flagging off the motorbike rally organised by a women’s group at the all-women hotel of the KTDC at the bus terminal complex of KSRTC in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.  

Women-only floors and woman-specific rooms with enhanced security and safety features in the hotels for aiding the independent woman traveller is not new in upmarket hotels of the country.

Considering the importance and surging market of the solo woman traveller, the State-run Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC) has gone a step further to roll out the first hotel run entirely by women for women in the State capital. Modelled on the lines of the hotels abroad, the ‘Hostess’ is intended to provide a safe haven for women travelling alone on business trips or on vacations.

A safe, reliable and comfortable stay awaits those stepping into the exclusive women’s hotel to come up in the second floor of the 10-storeyed iconic bus terminal complex of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) at Thampanoor.

The 5,000-sqft will house 22 air-conditioned rooms, and the two dormitories will have 22 beds in addition to kitchen and other facilities as in a three-star hotel. The dormitories are aimed for the techies and those coming for interviews, meetings and seminars through KSRTC and trains for short stay.

‘A first’

“This is the first of the type in the country. It will be a technology-driven hotel with state-of-the-art security and safety features for women with women-only staff manning all the services. The KTDC has experienced women personnel on the rolls to run the hotel,” Rahul R., Managing Director of the KTDC, told The Hindu.

Technology-oriented check-ins and check-outs, laundry service, complimentary breakfast, microwave oven, and fitness centre have been included. The rooms will be charged ₹1,500 and the dormitory facility ₹500 for five hours.

The KTDC has taken the second floor on a 30-year-lease from the Kerala Transport Development Finance Corporation (KTDFC) that executed the terminal complex for the KSRTC. The ‘Hostess’ would cost ₹one crore and would be completed by year-end, Mr. Rahul, also the MD of KTDFC, said. The KTDC, which owned the largest chain of hotels and resorts in the public sector, had plans for setting up more hotels of the ‘Hostess’ kind in other cities depending on the success of the maiden venture, he added.

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