Fast-Growing Chinese Hotel Brand Makes Free WiFi a Priority
CNN has a story out today about the budget Hanting Inn brand in China that is expanding so fast, it's opening a new hotel every two days. Man, we knew there was room for growth in China but we had no idea it was this much.
Hanting Inns are pretty much no-frills budget spots that are just a step above hostels, capsule hotels and shared digs. Rooms are teeny tiny and they start as low as $15 a night. They also seem to be the knock-off Holiday Inn with similar logo colors except the rooms are way more modern and stylish.
However, billionaire founder Ji Qi made these three things a priority in his offerings to hotel guests: "a soft bed, free internet access and a good hot shower after a long, tiring day."
Did you get that bit about free internet? Something tells us Ji Qi is totally going to be able to reach his goal of 10,000 hotels. We just wonder if he has any U.S.-expansion plans.
Meanwhile, Marriott's stock took a tumble yesterday after they warned of slowing growth in Asia and the Middle East. We're not saying free WiFi is the answer but um, it couldn't hurt?
Have you stayed at a Hanting Inn before? Tell us how it went!