Like meeting planners, I often travel for work, and maybe it’s my Midwestern upbringing, but I’m very trusting. I don’t lock my jewelry up in the safe when I head out for the day. I leave my laptop, iPad, and camera out on the desk, in open view. When I return to the room at night, I leave the curtains open, and sometimes the door cracks if I’m expecting a visit from a fellow traveler staying in a nearby room. Then I read a story like this, reminding me that I must protect my personal property. Guest room doors can be old and cumbersome, leaving the door open for thieves.
Beyond my personal property, I should also protect myself. I recently read about a hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, that conducted a study group. Half of the “influential and well-traveled Danish women” responded said they’d prefer to stay on a women-only floor because it provides a sense of security and feels more hygienic. The Bella Sky Comwell hotel opened in May and featured a women-only base with a slight upcharge for rooms.
A few hotels in the U.S. also have all-female floors, including the Premier Hotel in New York City, Ellis Hotel in Atlanta, and Crowne Plaza properties in Washington, D.C., and Bloomington, Minn. The rooms have amenities you don’t find in most rooms, including flat irons, curling irons, yoga mats, and kiss cams to say hello to the family back home. As planners, you’re always trying to figure out what will make your attendees’ stay—or your own—more pleasant. Offering female attendees the safety, security, and amenities of a women-only floor is exciting.