Fashion shows and events happen all over the world, all year round, which means that women like me travel alone a lot. As a result of both my fashion missions as well as my many two- wheeled motorbike adventures under the MsCastro Rides pseudonym, I now have a crystal-clear idea of exactly what I want and need from a hotel and strict criteria I follow to guarantee my own comfort, safety and convenience.
Top priority is location. For ease of access and movement, I always make sure I am in the fashion district. Proximity saves time and makes everything smoother and less tiring. Next is free WIFI. In my book, nowadays, it is absolutely unacceptable for a hotel to charge for the internet, and shoddy or slow connection is a no no. I need WIFI to work effectively while I’m away and won’t even consider a hotel that doesn’t offer it complimentary in both the bedroom and communal spaces.
I often ask for help or advice when I’m travelling so a great concierge – like the amazing team at W Barcelona who go out of their way to share their local knowledge – is a must. As for the room, I often use my room as an office, so I need ample space to fit my suitcase and a closet with plenty of hanging room, a desk or table, coffee and tea making facilities and plenty of natural light, like Hotel Home in Paris that always have a seperate room that includes a working desk . I can’t go without a comfortable bed with proper pillows and proper towels in the bathroom too. Cleanliness goes without saying and free bottled water is an appreciated added touch.
Hotel F&B facilities are equally important for me as a solo female traveller. I want somewhere with breakfast that covers continental and non-continental tastes, and a lively bar and restaurant where I can eat alone without feeling like a lemon or attracting unwanted attention. Berlin manages these last criteria particularly well at Hotel Circus Berlin.
For more tips for solo female travellers from a seasoned world wonderer, we’ll be printing new articles every two months as well as subsequent online posts under covering everything ‘female friendly travel’, from hotel, restaurant and shop reviews, to airport and airline tips and destination guides. Watch this space!
English article taken from Spanish version written for magazine Mas Mujer