All the moral and actual policing might make you think that staying in a hotel room in India is illegal, if you are unmarried.
But there is not a single law in India that says unmarried couples are not allowed to stay or book a hotel room together.
Fortunately, there are many websites that understand a couple's need for privacy and provide couple-friendly hotels.
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Let's talk legal
In reality, refusing to let out a hotel room to someone on the basis of their marital status, is a violation of fundamental right. Even the Supreme Court of India has said that it is legal for unmarried couples to stay together.
Couples need a room, not a judgment
Delhi-based start-up, StayUncle is pioneer in more ways than one. It has tied-up with hotels around the country to provide hassle-free stay for unmarried couples, it now has presence in 40+ cities.
StayUncle even lets the couples book a room in half-day slots. Interestingly, some of its hotels also allow same-sex couples.
Known for their creative marketing gimmicks, their tagline - "Couples need a room, not a judgment" says it all.
OYO needs no introduction; notably in 2016 they had added the option for unmarried couples to book an OYO.
For that, simply select "OYO Welcomes Couples" in the filters while searching for a hotel in any city.
Alternatively, you can also activate the 'Relationship Mode' on the OYO App.
OYO claims to have couple-friendly hotels in 100+ cities across India.
Stay with your love, silently and privately
LuvStay helps you to rent safe and secure hotel rooms for unmarried/married couples for a relatively shorter stay.
LuvStay offers the freedom of flexible timings by letting one book either in 24-hr or 12-hr slots (available in day and night slots).
It also provides special facility for couples like delivering cakes, chocolates, gifts etc. Further, it accepts local IDs too.
At BreviStay, you can find couple-friendly hotels for 'micro-stay'.
The users can easily filter the hotels which welcome unmarried couples by checking the couple stickers on the listed hotels.
BreviStay allows one to check-in in hourly packs of 3 hours, 6 hours and 12 hours.
Couple-friendly hotels on BreviStay are available across 11 cities in India.
Book hotel rooms by pack of hours
MiStay, over a period of time, has developed a network of couple-friendly hotels. It is currently functional in about 40 cities.
MiStay offers three different slots for couples to rent: 8-11 am, 12-7 pm, and 8pm to 7am.
The company was founded by IIT-Madras alumni Pranav and Sandeep, in n April 2016.