No Boys Allowed — Hotels With Women-Only Floors
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Women now make up nearly half of all business travelers in the United States and abroad, and most of them are solo travelers. So it’s no surprise that in recent years, more hotels have been clamoring to offer services catering to women’s needs and preferences.
While some road warriors applaud the extra touches — from smaller slippers and padded hangers to entire floors set aside for female guests (complete with female staff) — there are others who take offense to the notion of women receiving different treatment. Especially when it comes to the mildly patronizing touches of floral décor or the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, and adding yet another surcharge. Some might also argue that prohibiting men from certain rooms or services is flat-out discriminatory or that it might open the door for other forms of separate treatment — after all, men-only floors would generate a lot of controversy.
A room on the Bella Donna floor at Bella Sky Comwell. (Photo: Bella Sky Comwell)
The 812-room Bella Sky Comwell in Copenhagen opened in 2011 with its 17th floor dedicated to female guests. The Bella Donna floor, as it’s called, is outfitted with champagne and smoothies in the minibar, ionic hair dryers, nail files, and skin care samples in the bathroom. However, the hotel lost a lawsuit in April charging that the women-only floor was discriminatory toward men. The 20 women-centric rooms in this convention center hotel are still available, but men are now permitted to book the rooms as well (although hardly any do).
But if booking a room on a women-only floor is appealing to you, whether for security reasons or for the tweaked creature comforts, there are a growing number of choices around the world. Maiden Voyage, a U.K.-based female business traveler social network, lists hotels in 25 cities it deems especially friendly for female travelers. Among its selections is downtown Vancouver’s Georgian Court Hotel, whose 18 rooms on the women-only Orchid Floor not only grant an added layer of security but also provide yoga mats, flatirons, satin hangers, and ladies’ “emergency kits” with hosiery and sanitary products.
Female guest looks for her room on a women-only floor. (Photo: Georgian Court Hotel)