Women traveling alone or as a pair, on business or for pleasure, may want to book into one of these hotels with women-only floors, which come with female-centric amenities and services and an added sense of security. Although some (and even a legal ruling in Copenhagen) find the concept discriminatory towards men and others see it as a step backwards for equal treatment, proponents simply see spaces dedicated to women as a way to enhance a woman's travel experience should she choose.
Mayfair, London, England
This award-winning classic hotel dates to 1908 and curates an old English experience from the green and rose champagne lounge to the secluded cognac and cigar garden. Rooms are comfortably with marble baths, and suites can accommodate up to four people. The Duchess rooms, designed for women traveling alone, come with a discreet service tailored to female business and leisure guests. Don't miss Dukes signature martinis and the British dishes at the reputed Thirty-Six restaurant on the ground floor.
Orestaden, Copenhagen, Denmark
The 812 rooms at Marriott's Bella Sky Copenhagen make it one of the largest hotels in Scandinavia, and the towering complex is the ultimate pit stop for business travelers who don't want to travel all the way into the city center. Located in the Orestaden district, it's next door to both the Bella Convention Center and the Royal Golf Course, meaning those who get bored with the pristine common areas and observation decks of the skyscrapers can take in a few rounds. Rooms are plush and mostly monochrome, with all the perks needed to get your work done, including lightning-fast free Wi-Fi and a multitude of charging ports.
King's Cross, London, England
Set in a former 19th century courthouse (where Charles Dickens once worked), this hip hostel has transformed cells and court rooms into stylish private rooms and dorms with secure key card access. Also on site a new self-catering kitchen, a fun bar and a TV lounge. All very close to King's Cross, Euston and St Pancras stations in the center of town.
Downtown, Washington DC, United States
In the heart of DC, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza is on the National Register of Historic Places, a stunning Beaux Arts-slash-Art-Deco styled property designed by French-born architect Jules-Henrí de Sibour and completed in 1922. An exclusive Women's Floor, with exclusive elevator key access, caters specifically to women business travelers.
Eixample, Barcelona, Spain
Part of the trend-setting hostel chain, the Generator Barelona has bargain 6- and 8-bed dormitories (one females only) and more expensive single and double private rooms, family rooms and quadruples. All accommodations have private baths and include bed linens (towels can be rented at front desk). Access is by key card. Generator has a busy game room, special activities nights and a bar that goes late. The hostel is steps from the boutiques and bars of Passeig de Gracia, a 15-minute metro ride to the beach and five minutes from two Metro stations: Diagonal and Verdaguer.
Midtown, Atlanta, United States
Definitely a hotel built with business travelers in mind, The Ellis Hotel is a good alternative to the international chains, offering all the modern comforts and personalized service. Note that there are women-only and fresh air floors, as well as pet-friendly accommodations.
Downtown, Vancouver, Canada
The definition of a sophisticated mid-range hotel, the Georgian Court manages to be affordable and chic. Rooms are clean and airy, bathrooms are stocked with Aveda products, and the hotel has both a spa and a reputable restaurant. Women should know that there is a floor reserved for ladies, where the amenities include extra bathing products and curling irons. The management takes security seriously, so access to the elevators is key-restricted, and rowdy behavior is actively discouraged during later hours.