OYO Rooms launches mobile app for hotel booking

Posted On May 15, 2015

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OYO Rooms launches mobile app for hotel booking 
Booking in 15 cities across 4000 rooms in just three taps; Smart butler through ‘request a service’; First time users get 50% off
 
OYO Rooms, India’s largest network of technology- enabled budget hotels, announced the launch of its mobile app. The ‘OYO Rooms’mobile app is available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The app takes away the need to pre-book a hotel by making bookings lightning fast & easy- it takes just 3 taps to book a room. It’s the world’s first personal room service app that allows guests staying at an OYO to order room service directly from their smartphones.
 
Ritesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO of OYO Rooms said, “OYO Rooms was first to bring the comfort and experience of an expensive hotel at a much lower price, by using technology to pioneera branded network model for budget hotels. Now we are using a smartphone app to completely redefine guest experience at an OYO, allowing our customers to not only book their preferred OYO room in less than 30 seconds flat, but order room service directly from the OYO Rooms app.” 
 
The ‘OYO Rooms’ mobile app offers its users an industry-first3-tap room booking experience – completely taking the pain out of the hotel booking process. There is no need to pay online or through the app as guests can settle their bills directly at the hotel. Once the room is booked, guests can navigate to the hotel by using the app’s “get directions” feature. Other app features include:
Search Smart: The OYO Rooms app allows a user to search for the nearest available OYO Room from over 4,000 rooms in more than 15 cities across India. A user can search for a specific location in a city and explore available rooms on a map. The app also provides details of all available amenities as well as pictures of the room interiors to provide a completely predictable experience to users.
Book Fast:Users can book the OYO Room of their choice in just 3 taps. Once the booking is made, the app allows the guest to navigate conveniently to the hotel location. It also allows users to view, manage or cancel their bookings conveniently. Users are not required to pay via the app; they can settle their bill at the hotel directly using cash or card.
 
Stay awesome: Once a guest has checked-in, the app magically transforms into a smart butler. A guest can use the app to Request Service such as order tea/coffee from the app. More guest-controlled services will be added to the app in due course of time. 
 
Special Offer:  All OYO customers who book their first stay via the OYO Rooms app get 50%off on their first night’s stay. To avail the offer apply coupon codeAPP50
“Our mobile app sets a global benchmark for how hotels must use technology to serve their guests better.” Ritesh added.
 
Anurag Gaggar, VP of Product Management at OYO Rooms said, "India has close to 200 million internet users, for many of whom their mobile phone is their only gateway to the internet. With our mobile app we want to make the stay experience at a budget hotel delightful and seamless.  Our research showed that ordering room service is unnecessarily complicated as guests are forced to locate a wired phone, find the right number and wait for someone to answer the phone and understand the requirements.”
Abhinav Sinha, COO of OYO Rooms said,“The OYO Rooms app is designed to be a must-have mobile download for all value conscious leisure and business. With this app, we are making the smartphone a powerful self-service tool for travelers to completely control their hotel stay experience. We have more than 4000 rooms on our platform, ensuring availabilityfor our users to book and check-in real time without worryingabout advance booking.”
 
“Whether you are traveling to a new city or away from your home watching an IPL match or attending a party, you can just book the nearest OYO Room in a few seconds using the appfor a comfortable stay” he added.
India is amongthe three largest smartphone markets globally and according to a report by research firm IDC , the fastest growing smartphone market in Asia. According to a recent study by management consultancy firm Zinnov, over 81 million smartphones were shipped in India in 2014.

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