Gurgaon is soon turning into India’s silicon valley and with the advent of Web 2.0 and aggressive reforms the Foreign Institutional Investors have come in and so have the domestic companies, the hospitality sector has benefited on the back of this trend and has seen considerable growth over the last few years.
A direct outcome of the corporate influx has been the proliferation of Guest houses in Gurgaon; the number of Guest Houses has mushroomed in Gurgaon in the last few years, and with the abundance of choice it has become important that travelers make an informed choice.
The following is a list of factors to consider while selecting the perfect Guest house in Gurgaon-
- What is the primary purpose of your visit?
If visiting the city for business then choose a professionally run Guest house which is centrally located and has the amenities to make work from home possible; such as high speed free Wi-Fi and a Business Centre. If visiting for leisure do ensure that the Guest house has an in-house taxi, 24 hour concierge, in-house restaurant and a gym.
- How many people are you travelling with?
If you are travelling in a large group then booking in a guest house would prove more economical than a hotel, do look for attractive discounts on company website and travel portals such as tripadvisor,com and booking.com. Tip- There are always attractive discounts on bookings of more than 15/20 days, so check the same on the Guest House websites.
If travelling alone then look for Guest houses that offer different room sizes, good quality guest houses will give you the choice of booking rooms of different configurations that that suit your requirements.
- What is your Budget?
Luxury guest houses are a good choice as they are a good cross between a 5 star hotel and a budget guest house; these Guest houses offer you luxury while being reasonably priced.A good quality room in a Luxury Guest house would cost you USD 45 to 65 a night whereas the same would cost you at least USD 125 to 200 a night in a 5 star hotel.
A note of caution though, travelers should be vary of Guest houses which offer very low prices as these tend to be unsafe, dingy and poorly managed.
- What are the Facilities / Luxury desired by you?
Modern guest houses now offer a suite of luxuries for their occupants and facilities such as Gym, Elevator, Wi-Fi ,Restaurant ,24/7 security , Cable Tv, Taxi Service are now offered at good quality Guest houses in Gurgaon. Many good guest houses also have a small in-house library and access to custom cable TV channels (such as NHK news for Japanese travelers).
- Choosing a professionally run establishment
It is the best to stay at a Guest House with a professionally trained staff, signs of the same are visible before you book your accommodation; such as a courteous manager on their call phone, prompt replies to inquiries and emails, attention to detail, quality of their website and testimonials from happy customers.
- Doing your research and booking in time
Make sure to read reviews on travel websites, most of the reviews are genuine and can give a traveler a decent idea about the pros and cons about the place. Do also check that the establishment is accredited by the Ministry of tourism/ relevant authority as a bed and breakfast/ Guest house. Book in time to ensure that you get the type of room that you are looking for avail early bird discounts.
Do follow the above pointers and you will be able to find the perfect accommodation for yourself and have a pleasant stay in Gurgaon while enjoying the offerings of this vibrant city.