I spotted an item at travelmole.com this morning about how a hotel in Copenhagen, the Bella Sky Comwell (horrible name but interesting architecture, as you can see), is going to dedicate an entire floor to women travellers.
I believe this has been done before in North America and other spots, but it's still an interesting concept. Apparently the hotel had women serve on a focus group and found out they liked the idea of being more secure (i.e., away from guys). They also feel rooms are going to be more hygienic if only women use them (a suggestion I resent, being a person who picks up after myself in a room so the poor cleaning staff can get a break), and that they, naturally, favour somewhat different amenities than male customers.
Big bathrooms with a tub (I'm all for that, especially in the winter), large shower heads (I don't know why), a good hairdryer and a mirror that magnifies for make-up application. The travelmole story said women also want free wi-fi (don't we all?), iPod docking stations, a full-length mirror, good magazines (probably not the same ones the guys want), plants and slippers.
I don't know, but I suspect most women would like this picture I spotted of the Peninsula Tokyo Hotel and one of its bathrooms. Not bad, eh?
They also said they want lighting stations that are easy to understand, and hail to that. I can't tell you the number of rooms I've stayed in, including one in New Delhi last week, where I was simply buffaloed trying to figure out how to turn up lights.
Why do hotels feel the need to install systems that give you six types of lighting and fancy buttons and crazy switches? What's wrong with a simple light switch, or maybe a dimmer? Do I really need a program that takes a half hour to figure out just so I can have my drapes open 3/4 of an inch at a time and slowly raise the level of sound on the radio so I can ease into my morning? No, I do not.
When I wake up at night to pee, I want to flick a switch and find the toilet and not launch into arithmetic algorithms and get out a manual that tells me how to turn on the friggin' bathroom light.
There are, of course, some things us guys would want to see in a hotel room. How about urinals? Wouldn't that be nice? Also: giant tv screens that get all the latest channels and, in Canada, also get ESPN so we can watch all the March Madness we want and not rely on Canadian stations. Mini-bars that don't charge $15 for a bottle of beer would be nice.
The women in the Copenhagen hotel group said they'd like some place in the hotel to buy tights and emergency kits of lip gloss, eye shadow and mascara. Me? I want a hotel shop that sells spicy chicken wings 24/7 and good-value California Cabernet Sauvignon, not to mention better bookshops with more than just those horrendous Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels.
I see the point of female-only floors. But this creates a real problem because I think what most guys want on their floor, more than beer and chicken wings and giant TV's and even free movies and wi-fi, are women.
Just a hunch.
AIR CANADA DISCOUNT NEWS
Some interesting comments came out in the wake of Air Canada's suggestion that it might launch a discount airline. It's certainly good news, but one expert quoted by Canadian Press suggests we might not want to open the Champagne just yet.
A new low-cost airline flying to vacation spots in Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe would inflict more pressure on the industry to constrain fares, at least until a rival is driven out of business, said Chris Murray of PI Financial Corp.
“In the short run there may be (some bargains) but ...I wouldn’t expect it to be driving fares down to the craziness like we’ve seen before, the $1 to London flights,” he said in the CP interview.
Quoted in the Toronto Sun, analyst Rick Erickson of R.J. Erickson & Associates said the move likely would help keep prices in check. He suggests flights might commenct next fall or winter.
Erickson noted that Air Canada has steadily been losing market share to such discount airlines as Transat A.T., Westjet Vacations and Sunwing Travel Group.
PAT DOWN OF A SIX-YEAR-OLD? GET REAL, TSA
This I spotted from Associated Press today, and it really makes me wonder about some folks in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. (Most of them are great, so please, no letters).
A Kentucky couple wants the TSA to change how it screens children after their 6-year-old daughter was frisked at the New Orleans airport.
Selena Drexel told ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday the family was returning home from a vacation earlier this month when their daughter Anna was selected for a pat-down.
The couple posted a video of the search on YouTube.
The girl's father, Todd Drexel, says Anna was confused by the search and started crying afterward because she thought she'd done something wrong.
Selena Drexel says such searches are inappropriate for children because they're usually told not to let adults touch them in sensitive areas.
In a statement, the Transportation Security Administration says the officer followed proper procedure but that the agency is reviewing its screening policies.