Valentine’s Day: Hotel bookings surge as couples opt for V-day weekend getaways | Pune News

PUNE: With valentine‘s Day falling on a Monday, many couples chose to celebrate over the weekend. Instead of heading to crowded tourist spots, many choose a relaxing or activity-filled stay at city hotels.
After a lull throughout January due to the third wave, hotels have now seen a surge in bookings.
A concierge at a five-star hotel in Vimannagar said, “Bookings have increased by 50% for this weekend. We offer offers on brunches and on-site services.
“Many couples have booked with us to have some privacy as everyone has been locked up together at home for two years. There are lots of activities for children while their parents relax,” said an employee of another five-star hotel in Mundhwa.
Abhir Agarwal, owner of a boutique hotel in Baner, said: “Social media promotions have paid off. We are over 70% booked for Valentine’s weekend. Since we are a themed hotel, where the configuration of each room is inspired by a different popular city around the world, we encouraged guests to book a room with us to get a feel for the international destination instead of actually travel, which makes the best of the pandemic situation.
Many couples have also booked local bed and breakfasts with facilities they can enjoy privately, such as an open terrace or swimming pool.
A working professional, Kanika Batra, said: “As the tourist sites have been open for a long time, these places are bound to be crowded during the Valentine’s Day weekend.” IT professional Somesh Patel said: “We wanted a change of scenery, but we still didn’t feel safe enough to travel as we have elderly parents at home.”

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