$2 a day super-budget hotel firm set to enter UAE

Chototel will target the UAE in its next phase of development, bringing a 'super-budget hotel' to the emirates
Super-budget hotel set to arrive in UAE.
By David Thompson
Mon 04 Jul 2016 01:39 PM

Chototel has identified the United Arab Emirates as a location for its next phase of development, bringing a ‘super-budget hotel’ to the emirates.

The London-based technology start-up is set to open its first hotel with 240 rooms in Nagothane on the Mumbai-Goa highway in July, before focusing on new developments in UK, Nigeria and UAE, according to its official website.

The nightly rate is US $2 (AED7) to $5 (AED18).

Chototel is an economy hotel that uses technologies such as steel-framed dry construction; closed-loop, off-grid utility systems; microbots and big data processing to manage unmanned operations and billing; and real-time financial and cash technologies.

It uses a construction technology called light gauge steel framing, which minimises its carbon footprint by using a method that eliminates the use of bricks and wood as raw materials.

Each room is 280 sq ft and includes a 30 sq ft pantry, a 30 sq ft bathroom, a 100 sq ft multipurpose room with a cupboard, study-cum-dining area and a sofa-cum-bed.

Chotoel managing director and founder Rhea Silva said: “Our model is based on an average of $3.50 (AED 13). We are uniquely positioned between social rental housing and super-budget hotels.”

The company has targeted revenues of $1 million (AED367 million) in first full year of operation, and is also planning to raise money to build 100,000 rooms in the next year.

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