Did you know that you could be denied a room in some hotels if you’re traveling alone? Ladies next time you travel like an independent and brave women you’re, these hotels will remind you that you should be shut behind doors! But you’ve to prove them wrong anyway.
Nupur Saraswat was traveling to Hyderabad when she booked a hotel from Goibibo and she.. wait read her story in her own words!
(Her Facebook post)
So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad which didn’t let me stay because they realized I was a “single lady” even after confirming the online booking. Yup, massive bag in hand, gross from the journey – just standing outside the hotel. Somehow they decided I was safer on the streets than in the hotel.
Funny huh, how patriarchy works?
Edit: This was my first experience with this form of discrimination. Also, first experience with Goibibo. I just want to let you all know that I was extremely lucky to have arrived early in the morning and had the sense to put up this post just when it happened so my inbox flooded with well-wishers, and one of them took me in.
This could be you – another hotel, another city. (Mine was Hotel Deccan Erragadda). Maybe you’ll arrive in a 11 PM flight and they will refuse to let you stay. So here’s my sincere plea – share this post. Make a scene. Make Goibibo listen. Let them know that women travel solo now and we won’t stay indoors “for the sake of our own safety”. Ask them why they ask us our genders? What is the purpose if not to avoid this?
Thanks to the power of social media and the people in support, her Facebook post turned out to be powerful enough to shake the corporates. It’s great to see that there were people who offered her a safe stay. All the support and shares on her Facebook post led to…
Cheers to the empowering women! Nupur, it gives me immense pleasure to be sharing this story of yours. You’ve truly sent an example by speaking out loud about your experience with the hotel. I’m sure all the women feel proud & thankful for this gesture of yours!