Hyderabad hotel tells NRI artist Nupur Saraswat from Singapore that single women travellers not allowed to stay in premises
Hyderabad,June26:As an artist, Nupur Saraswat has been travelling around India for her shows. However, when the 22-year-old NRI from Singapore arrived at her hotel in Hyderabad on Saturday morning, she was told that single women travellers are not allowed to stay there. “So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn’t let me stay because they realized I was a “single lady” even after confirming the online booking,” wrote Ms Saraswat in her Facebook post which has gone viral with over 1,000 shares and 1,600 reactions.
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The hotel’s official policy reportedly states ‘Single lady not allowed,’ according to a screenshot uploaded by Ms Saraswat on Facebook. Following this, in a series of tweets, she questioned travel portal Goibibo on how her booking went through if the hotel in question did not allow single women.
Speaking to NDTV, Ms Saraswat said that a representative from Goibibo reached out to her and assured her that they would put better filters on their website and are looking into the incident.
They also gave her a complimentary stay at a different hotel, one that does allow single women. Reacting to NDTV story, CEO Ashish Kashyap shared a statement on Twitter which said that they take such issues very seriously and have delisted the hotel pending investigation.
A screenshot of the hotel’s response, attached in the statement, says that the hotel is not against single women staying there but they don’t give rooms to single women and unmarried couples as the area is not ‘right.’
Ms Saraswat, however, raised another important point, one that goes beyond better filters on online booking platforms:
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— Nupur Saraswat (@TheRealNupur) June 25, 2017