Published on straitstimes.com | 11/04/2021| Direct link
By Clara Lock
There are now dozens of reasons to "get a room". Staycations have replaced the overseas proposal, the milestone birthday trip, the family getaway. In lieu of business travel executives, book day-use rooms for solitude to work downstairs, bars and lobbies have been repurposed into cool working lounges.
Day-stays too have shed their sleazy connotations and grown ever more popular as hotels look to monetise empty rooms during working hours. For Dayuse, a Paris-headquartered international hotel daytime booking platform, the pandemic has more than tripled its monthly bookings in Singapore.
Founder and chief executive David says the platform now gets about 10,000 monthly bookings for Dayuse rooms here up from about 3000 before the pandemic.
The profile of daytime guests has shifted - gone are leisure and business travellers looking to rest up on a layover.
Instead, guests now book rooms for all manner of parties from birthdays to bachelorette dos. It is not just budget hotels that can be booked for the day. Luxury properties on Dayuse and local startup Stayr, which lists hotels workspaces and yachts for on demand bookings, include Sofitel Singapore Sentosa, Orchard hotel Singapore and the Fullerton Bay hotel.
Each platform has 50 50 hotels that are currently available for booking.
Hotels here are pivoting with the times, with The Fullerton Bay Hotel accepting daytime bookings for rooms and the InterContinental Hotel welcoming pets on staycations.