Female-floor phenomenon

Female-floor phenomenon

Sure, I like a hotel that listens to my preferences, but when it starts assuming that I like girly magazines and pink-toned furniture because I’m a single female traveler, I have to think twice about how intuitive it actually is. On the same note, I disagree with hotels that have female-only floors. It’s a topic we discussed five years ago at HICAP, and my opinion remains the same. If a hotel offers female-only floors and charges guests a premium to stay in these rooms, does it not send out a message that guests should question the level of security available elsewhere throughout the hotel? 

Here are some things I like as a single traveler: 

  • A room close to the elevator — because I’m a little lazy, and because I don’t like the idea of walking down a long, dimly lit hallway late at night. 
  • A room that doesn’t have a connecting door. 
  • For the front desk to practice some discretion and avoid announcing my room number aloud so everyone can hear it. 
And while I’m staying in a room on my own, I don’t want any of the following: 
  • A room on the same floor as a colleague. My time is my time, and when I travel with colleagues my personal space extends across an entire hotel floor. 
  • Fashion magazines. I’m traveling alone, which might be an indicator that I’m traveling for work. In this case there are two things to consider: I can appreciate the latest Economist, and who has time to read magazines in hotel rooms anyhow?   
  • A drink voucher that I won’t use because I’ll look like the lonely female purposefully sitting at the bar alone. 
Give me Wi-Fi, slippers and a robe that actually fit and some additional bathroom amenities, and we can call it a day. But again, I think the lesson is that every guest wants something different. Why not just ask us what our preferences are?