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The Women-Only Floor at This Copenhagen Hotel Was Deemed to Be 'Unlawful'

April 29, 2014 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last year at this time, we wondered how long women-only hotel rooms and floors would last? Well, for the Bella Sky Comwell Hotel in Copenhagen, the end is already here.

The Eastern High Court has ruled the hotel's 20 women-only hotel rooms on the Bella Donna floor to be "unlawful" after two men and the Danish Board of Equal Treatment sued the hotel for discrimination. Apparently, these two men never even visited the hotel, nor did any male guests complain about the women-only rooms.

In a press release, the hotel's owner, Allan L. Agerholm expressed frustration at the ruling but said the hotel will comply with the order.

"We had of course hoped to win the case, since, in our opinion, we do not discriminate the opposite sex, since the same product in the same high quality is available for men in our remaining rooms. We were of the opinion that a hotel should be allowed to differentiate between guests and between the sexes, as long as we do not put them at a disadvantage."

Considering that this lawsuit has been going on for nearly three years, we don't blame the hotel for giving up the fight. That said, the hotel only offered 20 rooms out of 812 just for women. The women-only rooms did offer different amenities including high-end moisturizers and healthier food options but they also gave women a sense of security when traveling alone.

For now the Bella Donna floor is still up on the hotel's website (the URL calls it the Lady Floor) but we imagine that will come down soon. For posterity's sake, here's what the floor included:

Bella Donna Floor
The 17th floor of Tower 2 has, in collaboration with a number of notable women, been specially designed for women, but also welcomes men. The floor has been named ‘Bella Donna’.

Design
The 20 rooms feature a modern design, which is based on a Nordic theme with clear references to the building’s architecture and natural light. White surfaces and white-stained ash combined with furniture in classic, organic soft shapes and colours. The rooms are welcoming, and the textiles and soft furnishings chosen to appeal to both the ‘classic’ and ‘modern’ woman.

The furniture includes Hästens queen-size beds, Arne Jacobsen lamps, Bang & Olufsen flat screen LED TVs, Vitra lounge chairs as well as marble bedside tables and desks from Hay.

Safety and Security
Only guests with key cards and hotel staff are allowed to enter the 17th floor. Moreover, there is a 24-hour security, surveillance of the hotel area and door chain on all guest room doors in the hotel.

Facilities

Bathtub or shower cabin, extra large shower head and handheld shower
Large bath towels
Large hairdryer with ionic technology
Cosmetic mirror with magnification and LED lighting
Large dressing mirrors providing front and back reflections
Quality brands of women’s beauty and care products for the face, hair and body, including samples of Andrea Rudolph face products.
Nail file, disposable razors, sanitary articles
Anti-allergy natural down duvets of the highest quality and lots of pillows
Extra clothes hangers for skirts and dresses
Steam iron and ironing board
National and international women’s and news magazines
Minibar stocked with smoothies, water, wine, champagne and good quality chocolates
Fresh plants
15% discount on Andrea Rudolph Signature treatments booked during the stay

[Photo: Bella Sky Comwell Hotel]

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