Urbanpod for New Age Travellers!

The first-of-its-kind ‘Pod Hotel’ launches in India, pioneering a new segment of ‘smart hotels’
Urbanpod for New Age Travellers!

Urbanpod @Andheri SEEPZ, Mumbai, the first-of-its-kind Pod Hotel in India indulges the discerning travelers with a ‘STAY SMART’ option. With its GenNext & futuristic concept and catering to the new-age travelers, business & leisure, Urbanpod is modern, stylish& minimalistic. It offers good-value without compromising on comfort, quality & feel while offering a unique experience! What more? …the Pod-theme makes it a great place to network!

The modern Architectural design & Interiors are done up by 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 & International airports. It offers 140-Pods with various upgrades – Suite Pods, Private Pods, Classic Pods for men& an exclusive Ladies-only, Pod categories. The Pods are beautifully-arranged side-by-side and one upward to form elegant-arrays. The suite-pod category is suitable for couples; the Private Pods have more room & the exclusive Ladies Pods – gives the ladies added safety & privacy.

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Mr. Hiren Gandhi, Co-founder & Director, Urbanpod said, “The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth in the services sector in India. Apart from business travelers, the increasing sub-segments within the leisure category Viz. Single-travelers, transit travelers, backpackers & group travelers of all kinds, are looking to explore and experiment with practical &STAY SMART options to optimize their spends rather wisely”. He added, “New-age travelers look forward to places that are— affordable, hygienic and provide safe accommodation at a centrally-located place with a good ambiance & feel coupled with good internet connectivity and 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 travelers, in the form of a Pod Hotel, at a humble cost without compromising on the comfort, quality & safety. Urbanpod is apt for the new-age travelers who are passionate, bold and are not afraid to experiment &explore!

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The sleek Individual Pods are self-contained with modern, technologically-superior interiors. Each Pod comes with a cosy bed/ bed cover, personal locker with secure key card 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)& a sliding door (shutter) with locking facility for added privacy. Each Pod also has a smoke detector & a fire-extinguisher as a safety measure. After a long day…stretch yourself, unwind & relax with the mood lighting giving you just the right ambiance!

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 & maintain the highest-quality standards. The chic Cafeteria is also a great place to laze around and read a book, network & make new friends from around the globe while having a complimentary breakfast!24-hour Pod service, laundry & office services are also available as added benefits.

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About Urbanpod and its evolution:

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

During a business trip to Singapore, Mr. Shalabh Mittal & Mr. Hiren Gandhi chanced upon this idea, during their stay at one of the most elegant Pod Hotel and absolutely loved the experience! They felt that the Product & service quality were exemplary while keeping the prices affordable and not compromising on the core benefits of quality, hygiene & safety, hence, even a great option for single women travelers, apart from the business & leisure travelers. 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, Interiors & design and International best practices and standards.

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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 that there is a growing necessity for such spaces in India. Inbound & 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 also is at an all-time high. To add to this, the sub-segments within the leisure category i.e. Single-travelers, backpackers, group travelers, spiritual-groups, explorers, researchers, study-tour, cultural exchange groups etc., are only growing!

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

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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.

To know more about the company, please log on to Urbanpod website: http://theurbanpod.com/

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