Anyone else love the short lived, early 80’s sitcom Bosom Buddies? You know the one… two men – Kip Wilson (played by Tom Hanks) and Henry Desmond (played by Peter Scolari) – disguise themselves as women – “Buffy” and “Hildegard” – in order to live in the dirt-cheap, female only, Susan B. Anthony Hotel and all sorts of hijinks ensue. Well, part of this comedic, fantasy plotline is apparently becoming a reality with hotels in several major cities around the globe offering floors strictly reserved for female guests as recently reported by MSNBC and Time. You can already find them in Copenhagen, Singapore, Vancouver, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Bloomington (Minn.).
The rooms are not pink (phew), but they do cater to the ever increasing number of female business travelers by offering things that the hotel folks think women want or deem as “women friendly” amenities: extra-large showerheads, more clothes hangers for skirts and dresses, yoga mats, satin padded hangers, fashion magazines, a minibar stocked with smoothies, champagne and chocolate, etc. If too many men get wind of this, newfangled “Buffys” and “Hildes” may just start popping up on the all-female floors of hotels all over the place.
For the record, we think this travel industry trend is pretty ridiculous and just too silly to even make the ranks of insulting. So thanks, but no thanks. We’ll continue to stay on the regular floors. All we need is clean and quiet.