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"Girly" but not gaudy: Hotel Le Bristol, Paris
Certainly "women-friendly" hotels are nothing new; ladylike touches and targeted packages (think: bachelorette weekend, Fashion Week, and Sex and the City-themed deals) are often dreamt up to attract a female clientele.
But what hotels are truly catering to women, minus the gaudy marketing tactics? We take a closer look at three European accommodations for ladies doing just that sans tiaras, pink-splashed walls, or cringe worthy frills.
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Following in the footsteps of Copenhagen's Bella Sky Comwell, who devised an all-female floor to cater to XX chromosome guests, another hotel is stepping things up for the ladies, this time in London. The Dukes Hotel has anointed some of its suites "Duchess Rooms," themed to attract women clientele.
While this kind of marketing ploy was recently ruled illegal in the Danish capital, London is willfully flaunting notions of political correctness by providing a package of clichéd feminine perks to "tempt single female travelers or groups of women," according to the NY Daily News.
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Twenty-First Century Betty Friedans looking for female-friendly lodgings on their next trip to Copenhagen would do well to stay at the Bella Sky Comwell. The hotel's Bella Donna floor is touted as the "first women-centered" project of its kind in the hotel world, and has been curated to appeal strictly to a ladylike demographic. We think Manhattan's The Pierre could learn a thing or two from these guys.
Just how successful are they? Well, that, of course, depends on your idea of femininity.
Setting aside women only floors is definitely a current trend in hotels across the world. We're wondering why men aren't agitating for some men-only floors, although we hate to think what they'd do there. In any case, the latest bandwagon joiner is the Tamani Hotel Marina in Dubai which has made its 29th floor available for women only:
The idea of having a Ladies Only floor is to ensure that our female guests feel as relaxed and secure as they would in their own home - with the added attraction of first-class service with an authentic Arabian flavour.
With plenty of women here at HotelChatter, we're not afraid of a women-only floor in a hotel: we embrace it. Thumbs up to Singapore's boutique Naumi Hotel who recently launched their dedicated ladies-only floor, saying they're giving travelin' gals "a sense of security and privacy in luxurious surroundings".
Most of the guests on the women's floor are either businesswomen or shoppers, and it's been 80% full since it opened. As well as men being banned from this zone, there are a few treats for the women who stay here including:
In-room cosmetics such as make-up remover, toner and aromatherapy products from all-natural Australian brand Aesop and pink and gray flowery wallpaper.
Sounds good to us. Naumi currently has a City Escapes rate of S$290 (just over US$200) a night--that's valid whether you're on the ladies-only floor or not, so no complaints please, men. Oh, and by the way: it's got an infinity pool you could really get to love.
The Premier Hotel (formerly the Premier at Millenium Broadway) has reopened in Times Square with a new feature: a women's floor.
For realsies. Travel Weekly has the scoop:
The 125-room Premier now has a floor exclusively for women. Accessible only with an elevator key card, the floor has seven rooms with yoga mats; plush robes and slippers; a lighted make-up mirror, wash mitts and bath salts in bathrooms; and women's magazines.
Ah, yes, yoga: the official sport of women!
This seems scary to us because the last time we experienced a floor full of women was in our college sorority house, but we survived the ordeal. So we're willing to admit that a women-only hotel floor in a super-busy American city may actually be a fantastic concept.
If a ladies-only floor can be executed tastefully -- and not full of pink crap or cutesy pictures of stilettos and lipstick and martini glasses -- we think this sort of thing is perfect for solo female travelers who might be interested in a little added safety.
Thanks CourtneyMay for the heads-up!
There's Outer Space, MySpace and now Her Space.
We've written about the Eva Floors in India and the women-only floors in Zurich. And recently the Fleming Hotel in Hong Kong launched an all-female floor for women business and leisure travelers called Her Space.
The rooms on this floor all have fresh flowers, aroma oil , "supersoft" and furry cushions, silk draperies, extra pillows and a fur rug. As for amenities, the hotel adds a jewelry box, a leg massage machine and a facial steamer along with L'Occitane toiletries, a nail file, feminine products and hair clips.
Not to be forgotten is the in-room mini-bar which instead of being stocked with chocolate is filled with healthy alternatives like herbal teas and healthy snacks. Yoga mats are offered as well and a day pass to the California Fitness Center near the hotel is given to all hotel guests.
But aside from all this femininity, the real draw for women is that all floors of the hotel can only be accessed by your room key.
[Photo: The Sneakmeister [Flickr]
· The Fleming Hotel in Hong Kong launches Dedicated Floor for Ladies [Asia Travel Tips]
· Eva Floors in India [HotelChatter]
· No Men Allowed [HotelChatter]
· Fleming Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]
Nah, not that Eva. She is a nervous wreck somewhere along the Riverwalk in San Antonio. The type of Eva floors we are talkin' about are in India.
'Cuz India is jumpin', jumpin', jumpin'.
Actually it's not really jumpin' but India has become more safer for single ladies to travel to since hotels there have been offering exclusive women-only floors.
The ITC group, which has 66 hotels in 50 Indian destinations designed the floors and rooms with keeping women safe and comfortable in mind.
Seven hotels have currently been outfitted with the 'Eva Floors', as they are called.
At the ITC Grand Central Sheraton and Towers in Mumbai's financial district, there are two "Eva" floors, one for smokers and one for non-smokers. Eva Floor Details Post Break
...on the top two floors.
Lady's First design hotel is definitely unique. Minimalist chic with a conscience.
Their philosophy is to "create a special 'joy of life' atmosphere in our attitude" and make an effort to give part-time jobs to unemployed women in need.
Though it is housed in a former boarding house for women, the hotel is now a designer heaven: large corridors with wooden floors give onto 28 bedrooms, with different colour doors. The rooms are minimalistically chic, with duvets on the beds and better than average products in the bathroom, including a rather nice body lotion." Guardian