The Imperial hotel makes room for women, literally

The Imperial hotel makes room for women, literally

One of the most beautiful hotels in Asia has opened a brand new 12-room wing specifically for ladies travelling solo to India
allays security fears for the ladies
The Imperial hotel is all whitewashed colonial splendor in the north of Delhi.

China recently made headlines when a shopping mall decided some parking bays should be reserved for women. And now Delhi has provided its own take on the men-not-allowed theme.

Whether its reputation as India's most dangerous city is true or not, Delhi is certainly less friendly for women than Mumbai, and in an attempt to allay any fears in the minds of women travelling alone, Delhi's grand old dame, The Imperial hotel, recently launched a landmark initiative aimed squarely at that category.

Dubbed 'Eliza', the hotel has set aside a 12-room wing specifically for single women, located on the quiet third floor.

The hotel has boosted security measures for those rooms and equipped them with special feminine touches like manicure sets, cosmetics, flowers and women’s-sized bathrobes, and outfitted the spaces with lots of pink.

Staff servicing the rooms, from room service delivery to butlers, are all female.

The Imperial estimates that five percent of its clientele are lone women, mostly business travelers from Europe and the United States, and this segment is growing. 

"When a woman chooses to stay at a five-star hotel, she is opting for a safe, reliable and comfortable home away from home," says senior vice president and general manager Vijay Wanchoo. "Most check in to one that has good connectivity and is in a safe and friendly environment, more so if they are new to the city. That's when travelling around becomes a sensitive issue."

Security measures include extra CCTV cameras in the hallways and outside each room, and in-room check-in.

There’s no word, however, on whether "Sex And The City" is played on an endless loop on the TVs.

Prices for Eliza rooms are approximately $US280 per night, on par with other rooms of the same category.

The Imperial, Janpath, New Delhi; tel. +91 (0) 11 2334 1234. 
Aarti Betigeri departed her native Australia and the hourly deadlines of TV news for greener pastures in 2008, and wound up in India.
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