[Disclaimer: The information given below is an attempt to simply pass the facts to the intended audience…nothing more. The author is not affiliated with any hotel or travel agency or such. The post can be made more accurate by your contribution. Therefore, any negative comments on this will simply be deleted so as to avoid an online slugfest]
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)
The Gateway Hotel, Ummed
Courtyard by Marriott
Vivanta by Taj, MG Road
Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield
Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur
The Gateway Hotel, Residency Road
Hotel Royal Orchid
Mövenpick Hotel & Spa
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
JW Marriott, Chandigarh (offers 40 % discount)
Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Vivanta by Taj, Connemara
Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)
Vivanta by Taj, Surya
Coonoor (near Wellington, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu)
JW Marriott, Aerocity
Lemontree (RedFox), Aerocity
Taj Palace Hotel
Vivanta by Taj, Ambassador
Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka
ITC Welcomhotel, Dwarka
Pride Plaza, Aerocity
Vivanta by Taj, Panaji
Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh)
Usha Kiran Palace (Taj property)
Vivanta by Taj, Begumpet
Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
Jaimahal Palace (Taj property)
Jammu (J & K)
Vivanta by Taj, Hari Mahal
The Gateway Hotel
The Gateway Hotel, Marine Drive, Ernakulam
Kolkata (West Bengal)
Taj Bengal, Alipore
Hotel Hindustan International
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
Madurai (Tamil Nadu)
Trident Bandra-Kurla Complex
Trident, Nariman Point
Vivanta by Taj, President
The Park, Navi Mumbai
Vivanta by Taj, Blue Diamond
Four Points by Sheraton
Sun & Sand
Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
Vivanta by Taj, Trivandrum
The Gateway Hotel, Akota Gardens
Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
The Gateway Hotel, Janardhanapuram
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.
Please add Hotel Radisson Blu at sector 13 Dwarka Delhi. They are offering TD rates.
It’s a great compilation by the author and I am sure all defence personnel will benefit. I had an issue with lemon tree premier inn Delhi which has no rooms available, though it was not true,,,I had to make reservation with pride plaza aero city. Has the same experience with lemon tree Bangalore.
Royal orchid Bangalore is good t that their top floor rooms are yet to be renovated,, so go for rooms in I or II floor. I can vouch for their services,,, very good.
FYKI Kochi Marriott does no provide any special tariff for the armed forces. Regards
ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad may please be added.
Trident Nariman Point and Taj Vivanta at Cuffe Parade, Mumbai DO NOT OFFER rooms at the Defence MoU rates any more…. further, they refuse accmdn at these rates even while rooms are available!! and to my astonishment, while one can book a normal room through their All India toll free nmbr 24×7, rooms under defence MoU can only be booked in normal working hours, and that too by directly calling the hotel nmbr and not the toll free nmbr!!! FYI
Ibis goa also offers a special package… including all meals… free beer n stuff… stayed there last week…
Is there any hotel in Leh which give concession to army personnel and his dependents?
Hotel Rang Mahal Jaisalmer Also Offer Discounted rates for Defence Personals Pls Add our Hotel Also
We need to sign an MoU for our hotel at Pokaran. Please advice how to go about it ,these are the contact details. Regards Param Vijay [email protected] / +919928022874
Biggest hurdle is CDA and believe me these days online booking through many web/app offer cheaper rates than MOU rates with hotel. For Defence personnel GP <=6600 , few hotels in colaba manadate to take your DA 1000 bucks also plus they says bring another defence personnel alongwith you. Very funnny…. CDA needs to change their scanning process.
most of the taj hotels put up these rates only for advertisement. they probably offer a couple of rooms in each hotel for defence officers. it is better they dont offer if they cant because everytime you call them they only refuse – which juust leaves a bad taste. i have not been able to book a room at the taj in about 10 attempts. so rest is all fiction at work in someone’s mind.
hotel jw marriot aero city is notoffering any discount to defence officers i stayed inthis hotel i feb 17 plesase delete their name
It should also be noted that all hotels in Aerocity, Delhi offer discounted rates to Def pers, incl Novotel, Raddison, etc. Availability needs to be checked though. Most of them let spouse free of cost, incl the meal plan.
Hi .. I wanted to know the discounts any where in Jim Corbett and uttrakhand
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Kindly add karon hotels to the list of hotels who offer special rates to the Armed forces in Delhi,: 3 star deluxe hotels, Lajpat nagar ring road,Kailash Colony
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Kindly add Karon hotels Lajpat Nagar & our Other Property Gfour in East of Kailash new delhi to the list of hotels in south Delhi or in New Delhi who offer special rates to the Armed forces in Delhi for 3 star deluxe hotels,
For reservations plz contact:
Deepak Bakshi 9643728200
Recently CDA PUNE is not clearing hotel bills as they insist on NAC from Station HQ. there is no way and officer on deputation can contact station headquarter on Army number and the entire process of booking is very tedious without any direct dialling facility or single guest room controlling authority.