Tiny bathrooms, creepy hotel bars and unwelcome advances have long dogged female business travelers. But now that women make up 50 percent of frequent fliers and spend $1 billion a year on travel, some hotels are creating havens from all that, with new touches (fewer sports mags, more glossies) and even whole floors for women only.
In London, the five-star Grange City Hotel opened a female-friendly wing of 68 rooms last month ( grangehotels.com ; from $394). The bathrooms have backlit antimist makeup mirrors; the staff is all female; males are allowed at guests' discretion. "It's not segregation," says Barry Wishart, assistant director of marketing at the Grange, noting that gyms and restaurants went to all-female sections first. London's Hilton Park Lane ( london-parklane.hilton.com ; from $614) has a women-only executive floor with optional private check-in. In Zurich, the Lady's Firstboutique hotel ( ladysfirst.ch ; from $172) was designed by and for female executives, and offers women-only floors with rooftop spa facilities.
Other hotels are adding services: The Kempinski Hotel Beijing ( kempinski-beijing.com ; from $188) offers a minibar stocked with facial creams. The Hotel de Crillon in Paris ( crillon.com ; from $619) has a women's package with lighter meals and offers baby-sitting. The Elle rooms at Vancouver's boutique hotel Le Soleil ( lesoleil hotel.com ; from $122) have free hosiery and, for an additional fee, personal shoppers and yoga instructors. That should make it easier to break the glass ceiling.