About Us

Welcome to Southern Star Hotels, a great choice for best in class food, accommodation, and banqueting services. We're dedicated to giving you the very best of hospitality, with a focus on luxury at an affordable price. Southern star hotels have been designed with special attention to ensure unparalleled hospitality and comfort, through contemporary aesthetics and world class amenities. Southern Star hotels also offer multiple options for dining, banqueting & activities.
Founded in 2016 by Mr. Balram Jairaj, Southern Star Hotels have come a long way from its beginnings at the lively & vibrant Lavelle Road, Bangalore property. When Mr. Balram Jairaj first started out, his passion for hospitality, great food & service with contemporary room standards drove the entire team to study its competitors and differentiate its own offerings by providing a superior experience to its customers. We now serve customers all over Karnataka – in Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Davangere and Belgaum.

We hope you enjoy our hospitality as much as we enjoy offering them to you. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Sincerely,
Southern Star Family.

Our Team

Managing Director


Balram Jairaj is a Young Businessman & entrepreneur. He co-founded a mobile parking app- Plonk, before entering the hospitality industry as a Director at Southern Star Hotels. After completing his schooling in Bangalore, he graduated from Bentley University (Boston, USA) with a major in Economics and a minor in Political Studies.
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His vision and strategy have enabled and guided Southern Star to expand and reach new heights. He has a reputation for persistently pushing the Southern Star brand forward in the mid-market & luxury hotels segments, alongside various restaurants brands like Rice bowl, Zest, Spice, Bazaar Treetops, Isfahan etc. He has inspired his team and in a short span of time, has built a team that is able to thrive in the dynamic nature of the hospitality industry. He has played a key role in reviving the Southern Star brand and its successful operation in seven locations across Karnataka.
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Chief Executive Officer


Vijay Gollarahalli is a senior professional having extensive hotel pre-opening and hospitality management expertise. He has successfully led teams with 1000 plus people. He has been associated with leading hotel groups such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts, IHG and Hilton brand hotels. He has been successful in increasing occupancy rates by 10% year over year and F&B revenue by 15%.
Vijay has been very successful at re-branding hotels, both at Le Meridien (Starwood Hotels) and SAS Hotels Ltd. Vijay has won several prestigious awards for demonstrating operational excellence in handling hotel operations, leveraging best practices and achieving superior service standards through continuous improvement and innovation. Vijay is a proven leader in Hotel Management and hotel pre-opening management. Vijay is best known by the team members as a visionary who genuinely cares for his team.
Specialities - Hotel Operations Management l Business Development l Re-Branding l New Hotel Opening l Sales & Marketing l Hotel Renovations l Revenue Management l Digital Marketing l Leadership Development l Talent Management l Brand Management.

Vice President - Operation


Gitesh Gehani has had a successful career spanning 21 years in the hotel industry, including multinational assignments within luxury hotel spaces. He is passionate and hands-on leader with strong business development skills, an innate ability to elevate brand standards towards bespoke guest experiences and an inspirational employee work culture. Pre-opening work experience in remote locations has helped build his overall outlook. He is focused on helping teams grow, investing in sustainable practices and creating a unified workforce.
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Business Finance Manager


Southern Star has brought on board Abhijit Nayak as a Manager, Business Finance Manager. In this role, he will be targeting in assisting hotel owners, investors and operators in achieving superior performance results with a focus on optimal returns.
He will be working along with the corporate management of seasoned hospitality professionals of the Southern Star Hotels who are equipped with the proficiency to guide hotel operations mitigating risk and aligning the interests of hotel owners and operators alike. He will also be involved to help the corporate management in owner representation, asset analysis and operating budget reviews. Thus, he will aim to serves as a key component in maximising asset potential and value along with aligning interests of hotel owners, brands and investors.

Revenue Manager


Bidya Sagar Boruah a young proven talent with a Hotel Management degree and holds over 17+ years of experience with various prestigious brands. He has worked closely with all major online travel platforms and is experienced in meeting various client expectations at different levels of hotels. He is also knowledgeable in Hotel Operation, Revenue, sales, marketing, Branding, Positioning, Business scaling, Budgeting, P&L, MIS, Upselling, Cross-selling, Competition Market Study, SWOT, Balance sheet & Use of cash flow to optimum level & Technology too.
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He is currently responsible for the overall vision and execution of the entire revenue strategy, revenue management and distribution strategy and managing the day to day revenue operation. Daily pick-up analysis, strategy, reporting’s, planning, perform competitive benchmark studies and follow market trends makes him a strong member of the Dynamic Revenue Team. He has also been certified in - The Fundamental of Digital marketing from Google, (ATES) E-Amazon Trained Ecommerce specialist from Amazon and Certification in Financial Markets from NSDL.
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Chief Engineer


Mallikarjun Biradar is an Engineering professional having 21 years of extensive hotel pre-opening and Engineering planning expertise. Has been associated with a leading brand like BPL, Sharavati Hydro-electric Project.
He has decreased expenses year on year successful with proper preventive maintenance & planning, Handling Southernstar Group Engineering planning, leveraging best practices and achieving superior service standards through continuous improvement and innovation.
Mallikarjun is a proven team player on any given day. Malikarjuna is best known for his dynamic energy to work in any hour of the day.

Chief Security Officer


Sampath Kumar, an Ex-army currently handing the Security for all the Southernstar hotels, he is Trained in Special Force, National Security Guard ( NSG), Trained with Israel Special Force , Rescue Operation in Syria, was Trainer for Foreign Army, Served for United Nation in Peace Keeping, Expert in Explosive Handling , worked for Bomb Detection Disposal Squad ( BDDS )NSCBI Airport Kolkata. with the overall experience in Security Systems for 25 years in Various places of Country, Experienced in Handling Fire safety, CCTV Cameras, Emergency Rescue Operation, Men management, Handling Escorting VIP, VVIP Security.
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