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Backpackers' hostel, budget hotel: fresh graduates' ventures get thumbs up

"Zostel is not just a pad to crash in. It aims to provide a holistic experience to travellers. The atmosphere is designed to be fun and cool. Boarders are encouraged to congregate in the common rooms which are equipped with playstations, board games, cards games and other modes of recreation.


There are bonfires and music sessions in the evenings, and the staff also help travellers join guided tours in the city, book tickets, even plan their itinerary for excursions in nearby regions," Nanda told IANS. At the given price, a traveller can avail a bed (usually a bunk bed) in an airconditioned dormitory, store luggage in a private locker and use the Wi-Fi and avail services of the community kitchen, library and common room.

There are three-bed to 12-bed dorms, as well as private rooms for Rs.999. For women travellers there are all-girls' dorms too. Also, According to Nanda, the budget hotel industry in India is short of 100,000 well-serviced rooms under Rs.2,000 per night. "Zo Rooms started with a vision to clean this space and provide a suave, tech-savvy option of accommodation to today's youth. The four-month-old Zo Rooms has 120 hotels across 10 cities.

 Unlike other hotel chains, which offer a handful of properties in a city, Zo Rooms has a locality-level presence. This significantly reduces the guests' intra-city travel time. By December 2015 the company plans to have 1,000 plus hotels across 50 cities in India on its platform," he added.