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Today's Hotels -- Really Businesswoman-Friendly?


Female concierge...

These days there are many more females on the hotels' concierge staff. This is a great asset for the travelling businesswoman who seeks out woman-friendly information such as safety issues as well as neighbourhood restaurants that welcome and care for the woman dining solo. At the Crowne Plaza Silversmith, male guests seemed perfectly comfortable with the female concierge. One fellow remarked that beside all of her other knowledge, he enjoyed the added bonus of a female's advice in finding the perfect gift for his wife and two daughters.

Bathrooms are divine...

Hurrah! Bathrooms have become much more female-friendly and that means women travellers now have far less to pack. Along with business-class accommodation comes the use of a thick white terrycloth robe and often slippers, to match. Amenities have increased across the board and bathroom products are of a much higher calibre. Women are now actually making use of these. There's a hairdryer plus make-up mirror in every room, and generally an extendible clothes line where one can hang undies to dry. At the Crowne Plaza Silversmith women requesting rooms on the Club Level can leave detergents at home -- packets of Woolite are always provided for washing delicate lingerie and pantyhose. At the Drake Hotel, a good-sized tube of Colgate toothpaste as well as an excellent toothbrush are examples of some of the toiletries provided, and their Gilchrist and Soames (London, England) conditioning shampoo goes the extra step with a vitamin B-3 additive. Those women who are already acquainted with Neutrogena products will love the amenity basket at Swissotel which is chock full of their soaps and lotions. The Park Hyatt Chicago raises the bar by adding a loofah and natural bristle brush to the goodies provided. Finally, for weight watching women, upgraded rooms in most of the hotels include a bathroom scale as well. Journeywoman wishes she could have taken the high-tech styles on display at the Park Hyatt Chicago and Swissotel home with her.

Pack your rubber duckies...

Pack your runners, swimsuits and rubber duckies! Health club facilities and spas are now generally maxi rather than mini. The Park Hyatt Chicago and the Swissotel lead the pack not only with extremely large and beautifully equipped workout areas but more importantly their full-sized pools are an absolute joy to do one's laps in . The smaller workout room at the Crowne Plaza Silversmith gets extra female-friendly points for situating their 24-hour facility directly across from the first floor registration desk. That means women guests staying here can feel safe no matter what time of the day or night they choose to exercise.

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