Doha's landmark Ramada Plaza has introduced a ‘Ladies Only’ floor, a first for Qatar. In response to customer demand and to cater for the growing number of businesswomen travelling alone in the Gulf and to the rapidly growing hub of Doha, a total of 17 guest rooms have been transformed to make the female traveller “feel more comfortable and at home”.
Female only beauty salons and spas as well as ‘family’ sections in restaurants are commonplace in Doha, but the Ramada Plaza is the first hotel to bring in the concept of purpose-designed female only rooms and a designated floor.
In addition to the services already offered to hotel guests, the rooms will feature one hundred percent pure Egyptian cotton linen sheets and bathrobes, slippers, extra towels and a variety of luxury Molton Brown brand bathroom amenities, including facial mist and make up remover.
The lighting in the room has been changed to create a softer and more relaxing atmosphere and is focused around the specially fitted full length dressing mirror.
A selection of women's magazines can be found in the rooms, a departure from the usual business and travel fare usually offered in hotel rooms.
The floor will also come equipped with a special room service menu where ladies can choose from a selection of treats including lighter and lower fat dishes. The hotel has also hand picked a selection of all time favourite ‘chick flicks’ for women business and leisure travellers to relax to in the privacy of their rooms.
Last month a "women's only" hotel opened in Riyadh, in the strictly segregated Saudi Arabia. The Luthan Hotel and Spa is owned by a group of 20 Saudi princesses and businesswomen. All staff working at the hotel are women.
Some luxury hotels in the United Kingdom, United States, India and Africa have picked up on the trend of catering to the women business traveller and have introduced female-friendly rooms, suites and amenities.