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Hotel Offers Women-Only Floor

May 18, 2007 7:44 AM

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) — The entire 19th floor and a lounge at a JW Marriott hotel being built by direct-sales giant Alticor Inc. and set to open in September will be reserved exclusively for female clientele.

Andrea Groom, a spokeswoman for the 24-story, 340-room hotel being constructed alongside the Grand River in Grand Rapids, said more than half of all business travelers are women.

"A lot of women are saying they're not feeling like they're safe when they're traveling to a strange city," Groom told The Grand Rapids Press for a story published Wednesday. "They don't necessarily want to go down to a lounge and feel like they are getting hit on by guys."

The women-only rooms will have amenities not found in other rooms, such as chenille throw blankets, ionic hair dryers, jewelry holders and special bath products. Access to those rooms will come at a $25- to $30-per-night premium over the standard rate of about $229.

Harold Core, a spokesman for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, said he was uncertain about the legality of a hotel offering a women-only floor.

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