(SHANGHAI, CHINA) -- Going abroad and hunting for a good hotel stayover deal? Look no further than the Bestay Hotel Express.
It's a new brand in China offering compact nightly rooms for 120 yuan. Right now, that's $17.58 in U.S. money.
Bestay Hotel Express
The owners haven't disclosed the size of the rooms but guarantee they will each offer a TV, free Internet access, an air conditioner and "a well-equipped bathroom," according to approved published information from Jin Jiang Inn president Xu Zurong.
Guests may also choose rooms that include a single bed, bunk bed or Japanese-style tatami bed which is a foam-filled low platform type of bed, assures Xu Xianggen, Jin Jiang Inn's Bestay brand manager.
And, of course, says Xu Xianggen, all of the Bestays feature "a modern and resource-efficient concept, as well as friendly and efficient service."
Although the developer was hoping to open 52 of the new budget hotels surrounding the Chinese New Year holiday in January, only 10 hotels have signed up so far to operate under the Bestay brand.
The Bestays are open in Beijing, Ningbo and Wuhan. Others are scheduled to open this year in Xi'an, Nanchang, Nanjing and Shanghai.
Besides the Jin Jiang Inn brand, other budget hotels in China include Motel 168 and Home Inn.
The Bestay concept is part of the new growth strategy at Jin Jiang Inn Budget Hotels, a subsidiary of Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels. The chain boasts 480 hotels across China.
In its promotions, the developer quotes Hu Ping, a professor in the Tourism Department at the East China Normal University, who says, "The elegant design of such compact Bestay rooms signals the return of the sensible budget hotel to the marketplace."
Hu Ping adds that "families, young people and students especially will find the design very attractive."
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, the Indian Hotels Co. announced it plans to open 13 new budget hotels, under the Ginger Hotels brand, by 2010. That would bring its total inventory in India to 30 properties offering about 1,700 rooms.
The Ginger brand numbers 17 hotels. Each property has about 100 to 150 rooms.
The company didn't disclose the investment value of its planned expansion or the room rate. Ginger Hotels recently opened a location in Mangalore and plans to open other budget-oriented properties this year in Guwahati, Durg, Surat and Chennai.
Indian Hotels Co. announced plans in 2008 to develop about 70 new hotels by the end of 2013.