Since time immemorial, young couples in a nation like our’s, have faced the perennial problem of not being able to spend quality time with each other in public places. Married or unmarried, the moral police is always out there to catch these couples and gives demeaning looks to the innocent pairs who are looking out to spend some peaceful moments of love and care in each other’s company. Circumstances are worse if you are an unmarried couple. Not just angry glares and uncomfortable stares, you may also invite the wrath of people, authorities or even the police who may have the audacity to force you out from the venue.
To avoid being caught up together at public places, some couples desire to book a hotel stay together and enjoy some time in the company of each other just because they believe that safety and esteem is something they need not worry about in a closed hotel room. But sadly, things aren't any different when couples wish to spend time within the confines of a hotel room. Most hotels do not accept local ids. Thus all such couples carrying local ids end up not getting the desired hotel room. Also, being a local couple creates a first impression that they are unmarried. Not many are aware of the fact that there is no law that permits hotel authorities to disallow local couples to spend moments with each other inside the walls of a hotel room.
If one ever questioned “Can you book hotel for few hours?”, a few years ago the answer would have been a very evident “NO”! But with the changing times the hotel industry has evolved by leaps and bounds and hourly hotel booking is now possible for couples. However, hourly basis hotels, still, are a little apprehensive when it comes to allowing hotel stay for few hours to couples with local ids. Why so? Let us have a look at the reasons.
1. It may harm their reputation
Hotels believe that couples carrying local ids are mostly unmarried couples. Though hotel stay for a few hours may seem like a perfect, safe and secure romantic weekend idea for couples, you are in trouble if you are an unmarried couple with a local id. Most hotels for couples may consider their reputation to be at stake and fear losing their esteemed clientele if they allocate rooms for unmarried couples. Culture and ethics is considered harmed by renting out rooms to unmarried local couples. Even if the hotel’s policy allows, the moral policing by the society create a hurdle in providing occupancy for local couples or unmarried couples. Hotels constantly fear the involvement of law and order clauses and the police thereby declining accommodation to unmarried couples.
Booking a hotel room may be a plain sail for married couples but if you are unmarried couple with local id you attract high chances of being turned down, sadly.
2. Hotels prefer giving rooms to travellers
A local brand or a big player, every hotel would want to give away their rooms to travellers and tourists who visit them from other cities, states and countries. The strategy is simple! Hotels do not want to fill up the space with local guests and rather allocate rooms to customers from other cities and countries. Turning down esteemed guests, who have travelled from far will impacts the reputation of the hotel negatively. Hence, hotels end up denying rooms to local couples. The space is rather utilized for couples who travel far and wide to find opportunities for romance and a calm holiday.
If you are a local couple seeking an impressive hotel room and you have ever faced such an unfortunate situation, above reasons might have answered all your queries why hotels do not allow local couples to book rooms.
However, with the advent of new policies that hotels are now adopting there seems to be a scope for easing out these difficult situations for couples. Not just the already existing players in the hotel industry, there has been a boom in the number of startups in the hospitality industry. Local couples too will be able to find solace in a comfortable and luxurious hotel room, away from the uncomfortable and humiliating stares of the public. Gradually hotels and couples both seem be bidding adieu to the drama of moral policing. Both the entities are in a win-win situation here. A safe and welcoming ambience of a hotel room for the local couples for them to spend some moments of companionship while occupied rooms ensuring monetary benefits for the hotels. A worthwhile deal this would be. Rejoice dear couples! Good times are here!