Budget hotel aggregator WudStay has entered the paying guest accommodation space starting with 50 locations across Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kota. The company plans to double its PG inventory in 3 months, and expand to other cities like Jaipur, Manipal, Pune, Noida and Hyderabad.
Interestingly, as of now the website only lists PG (paying guest) accommodations from Gurgaon and Kota, but this could probably because the rest of its listings are sold out. After selecting the city, users are prompted to select a locality and set their gender. The platform then returns listings of available places, with the amenities available and the price. Prices range between Rs 6,000 and Rs 10,000 for air conditioned rooms with Wifi, geyser and a TV.
The PG feature is currently available over the WudStay’s website only, although the company mentions that it will soon list the feature on its Android, Windows and iOS app. Note that in October, Microsoft has partnered with WudStay to launch the latter’s app on the Windows Store. Launched in April this year, the WudStay previously raised $3 million in funding from Mangrove Capital Partners and Vikas Saxena of Nimbuzz.
Awesome Stays acquisition: In August, WudStay acquired Awesome Stays, a two year old offline budget hotel aggregator for an undisclosed amount, for expanding to new markets of Varanasi, Goa, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Dehradun and Pune. At the time the company said it planned to expand to 65 new cities in the next 18 months.
Other developments in budget hotel bookings:
– Last month, travel search marketplace Ixigo launched a meta search called Super Value Hotels for curated budget hotels on its platform.
– The same month, MakeMyTrip launched its own budget hotel aggregation platform called Value+
– In October, travel booking website Yatra launched two new types of accommodation options for travellers, TG Rooms and TG Stays.
– The same month, Mumbai-based online roommate search engine raised $10 million. The platform also provides paying guest features.