A friend of mine (a foreign woman) and I are both, respectable senior citizens, and we have traveled together in India and abroad widely. We have never had a problem securing a double room together. However, after I had booked the room and rang up the hotel to ask about coordinating with the complimentary hotel taxi to pick my friend up from the airport (I was in Nagpur already) the person asked me whether I was married to her (presumably because I used the world friend). When I told her I was not, she said I could then not stay in the room as it was against hotel policy (along with colleagues sharing a room, etc).. I said I had never heard of this before anywhere in India or abroad and could I speak to her manager. He confirmed the same, and when I said could I then have my money back said no, it was too late since I had booked through a third party. I pointed out that there was no mention of the hotel policy on the website and that I would sue the hotel if I did not get my money back.. Failing to obtain satisfaction I spoke to the resident manager who did after some discussion agree to accept us as guests only after I told him we were "quite old and respectable people"..
While I can see hotels do sometimes get undesirable people surely being unmarried should not in itself be a concern. Also any policy should be announced clearly and less ham-handed ways of enforcing it should be adopted. It could be embarasing indeed for an unmarried couple to be turned away at the desk.
The hotel was very good in other ways, and I enjoyed the pool, and the large room. I send this review in the hope that it will prevent embarrassment from being caused to others. I object also to an arrow being drawn though the heart below. Not all couples are in love (unlike young honeymooning couples) so I am going to click on friends.
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