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Would You Book This Security-Conscious Package For Solo Women Travelers?

Where: New Delhi, India
September 16, 2014 at 9:23 AM | by | Comment (1)

What women want from hotels is a subject that’s been on our minds recently. We’re pretty sure the answer isn’t cooking lessons and a candle. And we gave a few of our own suggestions here.

Now a hotel in New Delhi has come up with another idea: a pretty extreme, security first, female-only package, to combat the appalling crimes against women that have been engulfing India in recent months (one rape every 30 minutes, if you’ve missed it).

The Kamal Single Lady Traveller program (“kamal” is Hindi for lotus flower) at the Leela Palace includes:
· Airport transfers with a trusted driver;
· Female staff for all interaction (check-in, concierge, butler, housekeeping);
· Room on a female-only floor (with restricted elevator access);
· Improved security cameras in all public areas;
· Security screening of people entering the hotel;
· Access to the spa on a private or female only basis;
· Option of booking female guides for city tours.

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What Do Women Really Want (From a Hotel)?

August 15, 2014 at 8:29 AM | by | Comments (2)

What do women want? It’s the question that has, since the beginning of time, puzzled men, other women, Mel Gibson and more recently the Westin New York Grand Central. That pesky fairer sex. Why can’t they all just be the same?

We could go into that, of course, but we won’t. What we will do is take a look at what (some) women want from hotels. Of course, all women are different, and one lady’s hair straighteners can be another girl’s symbol of patriarchal oppression – but hopefully these might be a few pointers to any hotels who are trying to put together a non-offensive female-friendly package.

Here’s the gender-specific wishlist from the ladies of HotelChatter, plus a tidbit from superwoman super world traveler and CEO of Peek, Ruzwana Bashir:

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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:

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Women-Only Hotel Rooms and Floors Are Trendy, But For How Long?

April 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welp, it looks like we've officially got a new trend on our hands.

Hotels all over the world are offering women-only rooms and floors in an attempt to attract and cater to the growing number of female solo travelers, the majority of them of the business variety. Among others, the Dukes London, Bella Sky Comwell, Naumi Hotel in Singapore, Premier Hotel in New York, the Crowne Plaza in D.C., and the Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver are all on board.

“This is an old concept once dismissed as sexist that’s having a resurgence primarily as a result of more women traveling solo on business,” Ann Mack, director of trend spotting at the marketing communications firm JWT, told the New York Times.

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