Hotels Set Aside Floors for Women

Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, December 9, 2013

Book a room on the 11th floor of the Hamilton Crowne Plaza here, and you’ll get special bath salts and body products, a magnifying mirror, nail polish, nail files and a curling iron.


The Hamilton Crowne Plaza is one of a small, but growing number of hotels offering floors dedicated to female travelers. These hotels are particularly trying to appeal to female business travelers, who are moving up the career ladder and hitting the road more often.

“Women are more influenced by their surroundings, and therefore, the ways in which hotels can accommodate them become important,” says Judi Brownell, professor of organizational communication at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. “My research identified three things that are important to women business travelers and that influence their decision regarding where to stay: safety; empowerment; and pampering.”

Hotels are responding by setting aside floors with special key access and amenities that women typically prefer.


The Dukes London has 15 “Duchess Rooms” with smaller slippers, glossy lifestyle magazines, fresh flowers and a female staff member to handle room service and housekeeping requests. There’s also a quiet corner table in each room for those women who’d rather dine in rather than go out alone.


The Crowne Plaza Bloomington in Minneapolis also has a Women’s Floor with additional security features and amenities.

The hotel saw a need, given that females now make up 47% of the guest population at Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, says Gina LaBarre, vice president of brand management for Crowne Plaza.

“Those hotels are stepping up to make sure they’re providing those guests with what they need to be productive,” LaBarre says.

USA TODAY Road Warrior Stephanie Dickey, a vice president of sales who lives in Richmond, Texas, says she appreciates the extra amenities when she stays in rooms dedicated to female travelers at various hotels in the world.

“I loved it,” she says. “I felt special and pampered.”


LaBarre sees it as a step forward for business travelers.

“It’s not about discriminating against men,” she says. “It’s about how do we enhance the experience of our female business travelers?”


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  • Puggg

    The people most thankful for this?

    Men who have been married for at least a year.

    • CourtneyfromAlabama

      That is hilarious!

  • Spartacus

    They are sexist ! Gender is just a social construct, professor Shlomo taught me that right after he told me about the black egyptians’ flying pyramids .

  • D.B. Cooper

    How about turning the mother loving tables? I would like to see thousands of men protesting with their picket signs about how sexist this is and DEMAND they be included.
    I mean, everytime we have something just for us guys, the National Organization of Women have to stick their noses in. Look at what’s going to the Citadel these days.

    • Katherine McChesney

      So men want nail files, curling irons, bath salts and other items that women need for grooming? Men have become feminized in this day and age.

      • I’d prefer a six-pack and a pizza.

        • I’d like a bottle of Stoli on ice, clean linens (including the comforter – which isn’t washed daily) ….. and a nail file.

          Regarding the linens, if they four cornered everything into a bundle everyday, hotels probably wouldn’t have bed bug problems.

      • Sick of it

        Katherine, hotels aren’t exactly suited to male tastes. It would be nice if we had a choice of more masculine accommodations.

        • me

          I agree. Guys should have rooms furnished with porn, a mini bar, junk food….Oh, wait….

        • Chris

          I sleep in my truck.

        • I think we call that “camping”.

      • Katherine McChesney? Are you, by chance, related to William McChesney Martin, former head of the Fed, or Richard McChesney?

    • 1stworlder

      I wonder if this will be the site of lesbian gatherings?

      • Pelagian

        Hotel clerk to lesbian checking in: “Would you prefer the all-woman floor”?
        Lesbian (gulping): “Yeah-uh!”

      • Hormone hotel the site of lesbian gatherings? Not a chance …..

  • Luca

    Segregation? …Gender segregation? Let us continue with this concept.

  • pcmustgo

    Lol, when I travel I likes to meet men, know what I’m saying?

    • Anon

      Sorry….I no longer date women from the western world. And you put the reason right up there for all to see. You want to meet men….not me…men.

      I travel and do all my dating outside the US. My current girlfriend has an extremely important quality I found impossible to find in the US. She wanted to meet ME, not men, ME.

      There is a huge difference in focus and what is important implied by the two different statements. One has a future….the other does not.

      • pcmustgo

        Oh, bs, I’ve been single for many years and haven’t had sex in 3 years… I’m not that slutty, lol…. And I do focus in on one man when I meet him, almost to an obsessive extent. I have a major, major crush on a guy (with long blond hair) right now. But yeah, travelling outside of NYC I get to meet more “real men” that I don’t get the chance to meet here.

        • Greg Thomas

          If you are ever in So Cal, look me up. Im a real man for sure and you will not be dissatisfied. I’m easy on the eyes and have a body to go with it. Besides, I’m looking for a White woman who shares my views on certain subjects, if you catch my drift.

          Sorry to be so forward, but it’s not exactly easy to meet a White woman with AMREN values, especially in So Cal.

          • pcmustgo

            got an email?

  • rowingfool

    “Hotels set aside floors for women”.

    Floors? How’s that an improvement?

    Even the most male-chauvinist guy out there allows them sit in chairs and sleep in real beds.

    • 1stworlder

      especially when they pay for a room.

  • Pro_Whitey

    To be technical, the floors will be set aside for women, and for men who declare themselves to be women, or else!

  • Pelagian

    “It’s not about discriminating against men,” she says. “It’s about how do we enhance the experience of our female business travelers?”

    Sigh. Notice how the high bar quickly lowers at just the right time, like a limbo game.

  • Pelagian

    Re: White-only floors: “It’s not about discriminating against blacks,” she says. “It’s about how do we enhance the experience of our white business travelers?”

  • OhWow

    What else is new? Everything caters to women these days. Women are men and men are turning into women. As a millennial, growing up in this era is so confusing. I was raised by traditional parents, taught to be courteous, respectful, and chivalrous with women. Now everyday on Facebook I see who I thought were normal girls posting very left wing feminist articles. It’s always about what’s wrong with men and how women are being held down. It would be hilarious if it weren’t getting so much attention. Women are the same as blacks these days. When you get mad, just make stuff up and blame a white guy nearest you.

  • borogirl54

    This is news to me. Saudi Arabia has a hotel for women only. It is owned by a couple of Saudi princesses. The entire hotel is staffed by women from housekeeping to management.

    • Sick of it

      They actually need it to prevent rapes.

  • Lewis33

    “The Crowne Plaza Bloomington in Minneapolis also has a Women’s Floor with additional security features and amenities.” They are discriminating against men because we commit more crimes against females? That won’t due at all.

  • Dave4088

    If they set aside floors for men feminist groups would have filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit and the CEO of the Crowne Plaza would be forced to step down. I just love how some animals are more equal than others.

  • Anna Tree

    Only the whites can be racists, only men can be sexists… More feminazi/leftist lalaland.

    Some women demand that men put the seat down, sigh, why men don’t demand the women to put the seat up! Equality and special rights… They want to eat the cake and have it too…

  • [Guest]

    Michael Christopher Scott should paint his nails, don a skirt and high heels, and attempt to rent a room on the women’s floor, claiming he’s “in transition” and wants to feel special and pampered.

    Call it a test case.

    • IstvanIN

      I can’t imagine he’d be too keen on that. What say Mr. Scott?

      • MBlanc46

        I’d be afraid of suffering (deserved) bodily harm if I’d made such a suggestion.

  • IstvanIN

    I don’t have a problem with this because I believe if you run a business you should have the right to serve, and not serve, whomever you wish. The problem is the inequitable way laws are enforced, or perhaps putting it more accurately, who is and is not protected by “civil rights laws”.

    • Anna Tree

      I also believe a business should have the right to serve or not serve whoever they want. The freedom of association is a Human Right. The problem is, as with other issues like students associations, it’s always the same groups who are allowed to do it… Freedom of association yes, but not for whites or white men.

      • The Verdict of History

        Furthermore, denial of service to any customer or, more broadly, refusal to enter into any commercial agreement with any economic agent, is protected by your natural right to exercise freedom of contract, which is a crucial aspect of (genuine) property rights.

        • dd121

          The civil rights of of ’64 invented the concept of “public accommodations” which was never in the Constitution. Your private capital and business became an agent of the government subject to their political decrees. If you’re a baker and have a religious objection to making a wedding cake for homos, too bad, you’re forced by the government to provide the cake. If you’re a white human and don’t want to serve blacks at your restaurant, too bad, you’re forced to do so by the government. I note 1964 as the year the United States became a leftist tyranny.

    • Pelagian

      “I don’t have a problem with this because I believe if you run a business you should have the right to serve, and not serve, whomever you wish. ” < Thats a libertarian argument. (-;

      • IstvanIN

        No, I never said I believe in a free-for-all, I just believe in freedom of association within the confines of the United States and among those people who are citizens or legal residents. If I want to open a women’s-only hotel, fine. If I want to open a hotel in Manhattan that only serves illegal alien females, no, I wouldn’t go for that. See dd121 below, he says it quite well.

        • Pelagian

          “not free-for-all” …. “just” “freedom of association”…. the devil is in the details. Bottom line: Freedom and equality are both traps. They don’t work, not on this mortal coil.

          • IstvanIN

            I believe one can only be free if their are laws, regulations and social conventions that allow us to interact. Chaos and anarchy are not conducive to freedom. On the other hand forcing every private individual and business to do business with everyone is far from freedom. Building and health codes are one thing, they protect public safety. There is no public safety imperative that I can see in forcing businesses to serve those they would rather not.

            Equality under the law, yes. Can equality in all aspects of life be legislated, absolutely not, nor should the government try.

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    Sounds scary to me. I am a woman, and even I don’t like being around a large group of women. How long before the cattiness, envy, and back stabbing starts? Apart from locker rooms, restrooms, dressing rooms, etc…. there really isn’t much else I prefer to be designated “female only”.

    • IstvanIN

      Its a hotel, they’ll be in their individual rooms. You make it sound like a old fashioned hospital ward!

      • CourtneyfromAlabama

        Are you the same poster who was nitpicking at what I was saying last night under another article? I was only making a point here. Pardon me. Don’t take what I say so literally all the time. If you are going to do that, then take a look at half of the sarcastic comments under this article. I thought my comment here was funny, but so much for that.

        • IstvanIN

          I apologize if I have been “picking” on you, I do not, generally, memorize the names of posters, although, yes, I do recognize the regulars. There was no intent to pick on you. As for your comment, yes, I missed the sarcasm, as I did not, and still do not, see how a bunch of women, who probably don’t know each other and are staying in separate rooms, would begin cat fights with each other. That being said I will endeavor not to respond to any of your posts. Once again, I was not intentionally picking on your posts.

          Have a good day.

  • CourtneyfromAlabama

    Yeah, I don’t really understand the purpose in this. Are they walking to and from their rooms nude? If safety is a concern, then shouldn’t these women be the most concerned about going out on the town, and getting out of their cars in the hotel parking lot, as opposed to (gasp) bumping into a man once they reach their hotel floor?

    This scenario makes sense if we are talking about college dorms or high school students on a sports trip (separating cheerleaders from football players), but other than that, I don’t understand the purpose for this scenario, other than trying to find something else to deliberately exclude men from.

  • Anon

    Translation…..female business travelers don’t want to run a UV light over the bed of their hotel room and see the “deposit” left behind by the last negro who rented the room.

  • Anon

    Ummm….male only body building has a VERY specific meaning….as in, it’s a place where men, with a body building fetish go to meet other men (and have sex in the bathroom)

    Part of the very sick gay agenda is a co-option of anything manly as being gay (think YMCA…the musical group, not the organization).

    This is part of the reason WHY, young boys in our culture want to look androgynous, heroin chic or worse (wigger). Gays have re-defined manly as gay fetish. These days you can’t even be a big, fat, hairy sweaty guy without some gay adopting it as a look.

    • Pelagian

      Right, that would be a “bear”.

      Our ancestors who banned homosexuality outright had the foresight to understand where it would lead. A complete ruination of everything wholesome and pure.

      (Anon … that was brilliant. Please go non-anon so I can follow you on Disqus.).

    • newscomments70

      Sports and weight training do not belong to gays. Some people are naturally athletic; some want to maintain their health and fight weight gain. There are gyms and sports clubs for all walks of life… universities, martial arts, boxing, families, men, women, elderly, gays, etc. Steroid-infested body building went out of style in the 80s. Most “professional” body builders were not gay…about one percent were, like the rest of the population.

      • Pelagian

        “Sports and weight training do not belong to gays.” But then there’s this:

        • newscomments70

          It looks like some foreign priest is kissing Arnold, that doesn’t make him gay. Arnold is a womanizer…the “Sperminator”, as a local radio station in Los Angeles termed it. The photo is comical though.

  • Pelagian

    Like most things liberals concoct, they ignore the unintended consequences. What’s the number one obstacle at present to a rapist going door-to-door at a hotel and picking a lock, or waiting for a door to open a crack and then hustling the victim back in quickly? YOU MIGHT CHOOSE A MAN’S ROOM! I am sure there are a few bell-hops, dishwashers, and laundry-room workers already planning a “visit” to the new women’s floor……….

    • CourtneyfromAlabama

      This made me crack up! Good one!

    • fuzzypook

      I was alone in a hotel room not long ago. The security guy walking around the halls gave me the creeps. You better believe I had my weapon on the table right beside me!

      • I have a better one than that. Some friends and I drove from Colorado Springs, CO, to Midland-Odessa, Texas to participate in period uniform in some of the period displays at the air show there in 1996. At the end of the air show, we climbed the flight line fence and crashed the party, with only one of us sober at the end of that. After dark, we hit the highway, and drove north through the Texas panhandle. Finally the sober one was too tired to drive anymore, so we stopped at a deserted highway rest stop at zero-dark-thirty and appropriated the tables, which we slept on, all at the same time. I suggested sleeping on top of the tables, to avoid rattlesnakes curling up with us.

        Now who on earth sleeps in the open at a deserted highway rest stop without posting a guard? The answer is simple: three guys with loadedsubmachineguns. My friend is a licensed NFA collector, and these were some of his registered period weapons we had displayed in period uniform at the air show. That steel picnic table felt like a mortuary slab when I woke up.

        Sadly, since I can sleep well anywhere in a wool uniform and greatcoat, I was in the best shape to drive us the rest of the way to Colorado Springs the next day. Raton Pass north out of New Mexico was a mess.

    • Who Me?

      But on the other hand, if someone sees him on the “women only” floor, he can’t claim he’s “just on my way to my room” because he can’t rent a room on that floor. The hallway cameras could very easily pick out intruders who would most clearly have no business there.
      Also, for women who must travel alone but unarmed, (or stupid women who are never armed)’ older traveling ladies, or possibly physically handicapped women, the “women only” floor with beefed up security and extra locks would add another small feeling of safety.
      As for the special perks, well they would be very nice, but undoubtedly the hotel would charge more for these rooms simply because of the added perks, and

      Pelagian says: “I am sure there are a few bell-hops, dishwashers, and laundry-room workers already planning a “visit” to the new women’s floor.”

      I understand that except for security, even the workers allowed on the floor must be female.

      • Pelagian

        “The hallway cameras could very easily pick out intruders “.

        We,, hallway cameras could solve every problem in the world. You wouldnt need women-only floors if perps were afraid of cameras.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    “Okay, so we made one adjustment. Now these other ladies know us as Buffy and Hildegarde…”

  • me

    That’s true. We shold all have the right to freedom of association. If White males want their own private club, then they should have it. If White females want their own private club, then they should have it. If Whites want their own neighborhood or country, they should have that as well. Funny that the government will only fund ‘minority’ clubs, ‘minority’ countries, and ‘minority’ families–but ban anything all-White…

  • King of My Castle

    Women shouldn’t even be working!

    • Who Me?

      Tell that to my 61 year old cousin who has never been married, has no children and I’m her only surviving relative now. How was she supposed to feed, clothe and house herself all these years? You need to think before you write sometimes, there are always at least two, and often more sides to any situation.

      • King of My Castle

        Well, if she has to, she must, but it is unkind of the men around her to make her have to work, since such work is beneath her feminine dignity. However, it’s not so much that women shouldn’t be allowed to work altogether (though that would be a better situation than what we have now); it’s that women, by their own natures, should deserve a higher place than to have to go out into the world and forge their own path. However, there are jobs that women can do that don’t injure their own natures, for example, nursing. But the job they work should not cause them to fail in their higher duties to husband and children. Your aunt, with no one, is truly to be pitied, and in her case, she must work, which is a shame that there are no men to help her. In an ideal situation, the Church would provide for a woman in your aunt’s situation.

        • Who Me?

          Thank you for your reply. I misunderstood your earlier post as demeaning, and I apologize. It seems that maybe I should take my own advice and not speak too hastily.

          • King of My Castle

            No, you were right to correct me! I should have clarified my position, not just made a blanket statement without explanation. No worries!

  • Most of the women who use most domestic gyms aren’t worth ogling.

    Oh yeah, I’m gonna hear about that.

    • dd121

      “Curves”, an exercise place that caters to women, I refer to as “Lumps”.

  • Barely Intrepid

    Guys, let’s all calm down and get off the “men’s rights” reactionary mindset. This is a GREAT development. Official, accepted, andnormalized recognition of gender differences. Feminist “equality” propoganda is our enemy, not this.

    Capitalism’s recognition of the profit potential of segregation should be encouraged at every oportunity.

  • Paleoconn

    Actually, I would say affluent male travelers aren’t the biggest threat to the women guests of these hotels. I would argue the hotel staff is. This women-only floors gimmick makes women less safe.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    They are very consistent in how they oppress whites and white men in particular, and increasingly so every day.

  • Men only floor?

    It’s fun to stay at the Y M C A.

    No way I would stay on a men only floor. It would probably resemble a gay male dorm.
    With half the guests having an open door policy.

  • Jenny Star

    I don’t think it’s a feminist-inspired issue, but a safety issue. It has to do with the way the electronic locks work on hotel rooms now. Once when traveling alone I was in my room unpacking and a man just walked in – they had mistakenly assigned him the same room at the front desk. Luckily, I was dressed and he was a gentleman and simply left to get a new room. So I can see where there could be liability issues or safety issues for the hotel.

    • Rhialto

      I agree, and this is the attitude that female coworkers expressed about lodgings for business travel: safe and clean. They were not interested in pampering by the Motel/Hotel, and they did there own empowermenting.

  • gregCall

    Funny thing is mainstream feminists are all behind this new segregation. As long as it’s only where they approve of it. Anita Sarkeesian has publicly given her support to female only buses in Japan and suggested it might be a good idea here. I’m certain she would be the first one to scream PATRIARCHY if someone suggested something similar for men.