Special Hotel Rates for Indian Defence Officers

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Officers of the Indian defence forces viz. Army, Navy and Air Force have it tough, whether it is physical exertion, mental stress, postings at difficult locations or assignments. Till few years ago, whenever the officers travelled on temporary duty or short assignment, they stayed in shabby guestrooms (sometimes shared) or some even stayed with their acquaintances.

It was only from 2011 onwards that few hotel chains started offering concessions / discounted packages to the officers. This initiative was indeed appreciated by all officers. In the United States, almost all hotel chains and resorts offer discounted rates to serving and retired military personnel – yes even for the personnel other than officer rank.

In this post, I have listed hotels at different places in India that offer special hotel rates for Indian Defence Officers. Please note that I have included only 4 and 5-Star properties. If you are a defence officer and would like to add (or even delete) hotels, just fill in the comment form and I will keep updating the list. If you are a hotel representative and would like to add your property, you are welcome too!

The base package is of course room + breakfast. However, almost all of them offer room + breakfast + one major meal. Some go the whole hog by offering all meals, airport transfers, free wifi, ltd pieces of laundry and more. You should check and compare with the hotels before booking with them. Yes, do check with online hotel aggregators like http://trivago.in, http://tripadvisor.in etc to do a quick comparison. In most cases, you will get a better value (note I did not say, better price) with the military discount. If you are a big family requiring multiple rooms, or have a limited budget or are on a foreign vacation, hotel aggregators are the way to go.

So here is the list in alphabetical order of cities.

Agra (Uttar Pradesh)

Clarks Shiraz

Ahmedabad (Gujarat)

The Gateway Hotel, Ummed
Courtyard by Marriott
Lemontree
Fortune Landmark
Fortune Park

Bangalore (Karnataka)

Vivanta by Taj, MG Road
Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield
Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur
The Gateway Hotel, Residency Road
The Park
Hotel Royal Orchid
Mövenpick Hotel & Spa
Lemontree

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

Courtyard by Marriott

Calicut (Kerala)

The Gateway Hotel

Chandigarh

Taj, Chandigarh
JW Marriott, Chandigarh (offers 40 % discount)

Chennai (Tamil Nadu)

Vivanta by Taj, Connemara
Taj Clubhouse
Taj Coromandel
The Park
Courtyard Marriott

Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)

Vivanta by Taj, Surya
Le Meridien

Coonoor (near Wellington, Nilgiris,  Tamil Nadu)

The Gateway Hotel

Delhi

JW Marriott, Aerocity
Lemontree (RedFox), Aerocity
Taj Palace Hotel
Vivanta by Taj, Ambassador
Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka
The Park
ITC Welcomhotel, Dwarka
Pride Plaza, Aerocity
Piccadily

Goa

Vivanta by Taj, Panaji
The Park
Fortune Regina

Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)

Usha Kiran Palace (Taj property)

Hyderabad (Telangana)

Taj Krishna
Taj Deccan
Taj Banjara
Vivanta by Taj, Begumpet
The Park
Hyderabad Marriott
Lemontree
Fortune

Indore (Madhya Pradesh)

Radisson Blu
Sayaji Hotel
Red Maple
Lemontree

Jaipur (Rajasthan)

Jaimahal Palace (Taj property)
Jaipur Marriott
Lemontree
Fortune

Jammu (J & K)

Fortune

Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

Vivanta by Taj, Hari Mahal
The Gateway Hotel

Kochi (Kerala)

The Gateway Hotel, Marine Drive, Ernakulam
Kochi Marriott
Crowne Plaza
Trident

Kolkata (West Bengal)

Taj Bengal, Alipore
Hotel Hindustan International
ITC Sonar
The Park

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)

Vivanta by Taj, Gomti Nagar

Madurai (Tamil Nadu)

The Gateway Hotel, Pasumalai

Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Trident Bandra-Kurla Complex
Trident, Nariman Point
Vivanta by Taj, President
The Park, Navi Mumbai

Mysore (Karnataka)

Fortune

Nashik (Maharashtra)

The Gateway Hotel, Ambad

Pune (Maharashtra)

Vivanta by Taj, Blue Diamond
Four Points by Sheraton
Sun & Sand
Fortune
Lemontree

Puri (Orissa)

Chanakya BNR

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)

The Oberoi Cecil

Trivandrum (Kerala)

Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum
Fortune

Vadodara (Gujarat)

The Gateway Hotel, Akota Gardens

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

The Gateway Hotel, Ganges

Varkala (Kerala)

The Gateway Hotel, Janardhanapuram

Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)

The Park
Novotel, Varun Beach
Four Points by Sheraton
Best Western Ramachandra (3-Star)
Hotel Daspalla (3-Star)
Hotel Fortune Inn (3-Star)
ITC WelcomHotel Grand Bay (3-Star)
Jukasotel (3-Star)
Hotel Palm Beach
Royal Fort (3-Star)

Almost all of these hotels offer breakfast inclusive rates, some offer AP (American Plan i.e. package includes Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) or MAP (Modified American Plan i.e. package includes Breakfast & one major meal – Lunch or Dinner).  In addition, if the officer is on duty, some hotels also provide additional facilities like pick-up & drop, ironing / laundry, free wi-fi etc. You may like to check with the concerned property about the availability and rates / packages.

And yes, please do carry your military ID for your own good – the hotels have right to refuse accommodation if you don’t prove your identity.

Do you want to add / update a property if you have been to those, just let me know in the comments and I will do the needful, which implies that this list will keep changing.

Please do share it with your friends from Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.

 

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