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Charlyn Keating

Women-Only Hotel Rooms and Floors

By July 11, 2013

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What do women want? I hear it's an age-old mystery. When it comes to hotel rooms, at least, I can speak loud and clear from much personal experience. And I guess I'm a simple girl at heart. Cozy robes and slippers and well-lit bathroom mirrors top my list of most important female-friendly room requirements. And ladies, hotels around the world are really listening to us these days thanks to an uptick in not only women's travel, but women's solo travel, too.

Women's only floors and rooms have opened up everywhere from the Riyadh Four Seasons in Saudi Arabia (where privacy, for cultural reasons, is paramount) to the Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen, where fresh flowers and fruit smoothies greet female guests. It's interesting to see which amenities hotels have honed in on as most important to their female guests. In downtown Vancouver at the Georgian Court Hotel, the women's only Orchid Floor has 18 rooms with flat irons, curling irons and hangers padded with satin for cushioning delicate clothing.

Preferences are so personal, but I want to open the conversation to all the women reading along. What hotel amenities have you been particularly drawn to at a hotel in the past? Would you stay at a hotel with a women's only floor or rooms? What factors would really sway you, if so? Remember -- hotels are listening to us more than ever. So chime in!

July 17, 2013 at 7:29 pm
(1) Steve says:

It beggers belief! I thought women fought for equality.. not supremacy? Could you imagine this the other way around…women would go mad.. and quite rightly too. I thought in 2013 we were aiming for equality.. not special services and rights for one gender?

To make it worse some women actually champion the idea.. then say they are feminists or believe in equality.. you can’t have both.

July 18, 2013 at 10:26 am
(2) Charlyn says:

Steve, I think you’re mistaking smart marketing with equal rights. Yes, women want to vote and be paid equal wages for the same work. But does that mean women want the same things from brands that men do? I know my husband couldn’t care less if there is a flat iron, a shower cap, or a quality hair conditioner in the room. Some women (especially those with short hair) might not either. It’s important to me, so I’ll take my business to hotels that cater to my needs and wants.

On a related note, I think a men-only floor could be cool. Trying to imagine the amenities they would want: good quality IPAs in the hallway vending machine, free suit cleaning and pressing, “manly”-smelling (i.e., not perfumey) soap in the shower?

September 7, 2013 at 10:05 am
(3) Beatrice says:

Love your articles. Excited about Premier Hotel. Called 212 789 7778. They said haven’t had those rooms in 4 years.

September 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm
(4) Charlyn says:

Thanks for the catch, Beatrice! Sorry you were disappointed.

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