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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)
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
Coonoor (near Wellington, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu)
Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)
Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
Jammu (J & K)
Kolkata (West Bengal)
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
Madurai (Tamil Nadu)
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
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)
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.