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Urbanpod, the first-of-its-kind ‘Pod Hotel’ launches in India, pioneering a new segment of ‘smart hotels’


Urbanpod @ Andheri SEEPZ, Mumbai, the first-of-its-kind Pod Hotel in India indulges the discerning travellers with a ‘STAY SMART’ option. With its GenNext and futuristic concept and catering to the new-age travellers, business and leisure, Urbanpod is modern, stylish and minimalistic. It offers good value for money without compromising on comfort, quality and feel while offering a unique experience!


What more?... the Pod-theme makes it a great place to network!


The modern architectural design and interiors are done up by a renowned architect firm from Singapore, Formwerkz, to give the hotel a feel of contemporary, minimalistic living! Perfect for anyone seeking luxury accommodation on a budget, Urbanpod is strategically located in the heart of Mumbai’s business hub and closer to the domestic and international airports. It offers 140-Pods with various upgrades—Suite Pods, Private Pods, Classic Pods for men and an exclusive ladies-only Pod categories. The Pods are beautifully arranged side-by-side and one-upward to form elegant arrays. Suite Pod category is suitable for couples; the Private Pods have more room and the exclusive Ladies Pods gives women added safety and privacy.


Mr Hiren Gandhi, Co-founder and Director, Urbanpod, said, "The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India. Apart from business travellers, the increasing sub-segments within the leisure category, viz. single travellers, transit travellers, backpackers and group travellers of all kinds, are looking to explore and experiment with practical and STAY SMART options to optimise their spends rather wisely." He added, "New-age travellers look forward to places that are affordable, hygienic and provide safe accommodation at a centrally-located place with a good ambience and feel, coupled with good internet connectivity. Urbanpod provides just the right mix!"


Pioneering the concept of ‘SMART’ Hotels, Urbanpod prides itself in defining a new segment of GenNext, futuristic, smart accommodation and shared living to the new-age travellers in the form of a Pod Hotel at a humble cost without compromising on the comfort, quality and safety. Urbanpod is apt for the new-age travellers who are passionate, bold and not afraid to experiment and explore!


The sleek individual Pods are self-contained with modern, technologically-superior interiors. Each Pod comes with a cosy bed/bed cover, personal locker with secured keycard access, Plasma TV (with headphone facility), personal reading light, power socket, hangers, a dresser (wall mirror), free Wi-Fi, adjustable air-conditioning facility, air-purifier (for pure air circulation) and a sliding door (shutter) with locking facility for added privacy. Each Pod also has a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher as a safety measure. After a long day... stretch yourself, unwind and relax with the mood-lighting giving you just the right ambience!


Guest’s luggage is stored in a separate individual locker facility so you can be carefree! The non-attached bathroom suites are separate facilities that are contemporary and maintain the highest quality standards. The chic cafeteria is also a great place to laze around and read a book, network and make new friends from around the globe while having a complimentary breakfast! 24-hour Pod service, laundry and office services are also available as added benefits.


About Urbanpod and its evolution


Urbanpod is the brainchild of young business professionals who share common passion and values—that of doing things differently, creating something new and innovative that ‘adds value’ to customers and the society at large.


During a business trip to Singapore, Co-founders Mr Shalabh Mittal and Mr Hiren Gandhi chanced upon this idea during their stay at one of the most elegant Pod Hotels and absolutely loved the experience! They felt that the product and service quality were exemplary while keeping the prices affordable and not compromising on the core benefits of quality, hygiene and safety. Hence, even a great option for single women travellers, apart from the business and leisure travellers. Hence, they decided to bring the concept to India along with their Singapore partner Mr Berlin Lee who brings in experience in terms of running Pods in Singapore, like interiors, design, international best practices and standards.


With the changing global dynamics, the promoters also envisaged the fact that Pod hotels are not just a global trend and a credible business model but also a growing necessity for such spaces in India. Inbound and outbound tourism has grown manifold. With the growing per capita income and the changing lifestyle, the urban Indian is ready to travel more than ever and the domestic travel too is at an all-time high. To add to this, the sub-segments within the leisure category, i.e. single travellers, backpackers, group travellers, spiritual groups, explorers, researchers, study tour, cultural exchange groups, etc., are only growing!


The promoters through Urbanpod aim to fill the gap in the hospitality industry by offering a unique product that provides an alternate, practical and SMART accommodation (good value-for-money) without compromising on quality, safety, comfort and style and, thereby, assist the travellers in optimising their spends rather judiciously.


The promoters envision taking the concept and brand pan-India and have other offshoot formats in mind too. They are open to business partnerships, including franchising, to expand their presence.


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Source: Exim News Service - MUMBAI, March 19


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