A few hotels in the U.S. have created women-only floors. And while that worked successfully for The Premier Hotel Times Square and the Crowne Plaza properties in Washington, D.C., and Bloomington, Minnesota, when the Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, publicized that it was following suit, it suffered a serious backlash and quickly dropped the idea. At San Francisco's Mandarin Oriental, the short, well-lighted hallways are pointed out to women who are concerned about safety.

Hotel management understands that good service when combined with safety is very appealing to women travelers. For example, when a meal is ordered from room service at a Wyndham hotel, a call is made to the room to say the food is on its way, so guests can be aware a staff member will be ringing the doorbell.

Some hotels are going even a step further to accommodate women travelers. A common lament of many women traveling by themselves is that they feel uncomfortable eating alone. They don't want to be the object of unwanted attention or appear to be lonely. Taking that concern to heart, as part of the remodel in Amsterdam, Novotel created a section of booths in the restaurant with a flat screen television embedded in the wall of the booth so that when a woman wants to have a meal, she can catch up on the news or watch her favorite show.

Hotels targeting female business travelers have modified the message. Stay at the hotel, get your work done efficiently and comfortably. Then, instead of rushing home, have your family join you and stay for the weekend so you can find that balance between work, family and play.

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