Being a solo traveler is one thing, and being a female solo traveler is a whole other ballgame. The fears are probably more and there's usually a nagging feeling in the back of your mind. Some even find discomfort in staying in normal hostels with mixed-gender dorms. Feminism has been a trend going around for a couple of years, and now some hotels have followed and created some female-only areas in their buildings. Whether you think this goes against the concept of equality or not, we’re sure some of the solo female travelers are now heaving a sigh of relief-- and maybe a little bit of contentment. Solo female travelers who have felt unsafe on the road before, or women who have been wanting to travel for a while, but some security concerns holding them back. Thankfully, the trend of feminism has brought along the opportunity to be pampered and experience the sense of exclusivity of women-only hotels and hostels.
Fortunately, the female-only hotels and hostels in the world have been on the rise the last couple of years, so solo female travelers, gather around -- choose your destination, pack light, do your research, and get on the road!
HOSTELLE, AMSTERDAMWith all-female dormitories and on-site hair styling, Hostelle offers its residents a nice, cozy place to stay in Amsterdam. Their goal is to make you feel like you’re having a sleepover with your girlfriends, with a homey atmosphere. There are no taxes, you'll find luggage storage and lockers in the rooms, and the reception is 24/7.
Location: Bijlmerplein 395, 1102 DK Amsterdam-Zuidoost
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Contact Number: +31 20 337 5707
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HOSTELLA FEMALE ONLY, ROMEThis is another cool little place that's a five-minute walk from Rome's main train station, Termini. The hostel has a terrace, and the dorms feature single beds instead of the usual bunk beds, offering modern accommodation to the solo female travelers in Rome. Located in a very lively area, the hotel resides in a 19th century building surrounded by restaurants, supermarkets, and only minutes walk from the main tourist attractions. There's a 3.50 euro per night city tax, and you also get luggage storage and lockers in rooms.
ST. CHRISTOPHER'S AT THE OASIS, LONDONThis hostel is part of St Christopher’s at The Village, but it's only accessible for guests with keycards to the female-only dorms. Right in the heart of London, this is a whole floor renovated just for women. They’ve got all the little details to give their customers that sense of luxury; with hair-dryers and full-length mirrors, they’ve got all the special details for their target audience.
Location: 165 Borough High St, London SE1 1HR
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Contact Number: +44 (0)207 939 9710
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ORSA MAGGIORE HOSTEL, ROMEThis hostel offers not only female dorms but also private rooms. It's located at the edge of Trastevere, and it has a long history in feminism in the city, which is why it's quite popular for strong, creative women. There's a 3.50 euro city tax, and you get lockers and luggage storage -- and lots of nearby pizzerias, because Rome, obviously.
Location: Via di S. Francesco di Sales, 1a, 00165 Roma RM
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Contact Number: +39 06 689 3753
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CAIRNS GIRLS HOSTEL, CAIRNSThis is one of the very few female hostels in Australia, and all the available rooms are dorms with bathrooms. They're known for an excellent location and a chill vibe. The rooms don't have lockers, but you get luggage storage. There's also no city tax.
Location: 147 Lake St, Cairns City QLD 4870
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Contact Number: +61 7 4051 2016
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SOM DONA HOTEL, MALLORCA Spain’s first female-only hotel recently opened in Mallorca, with pink rooms and all. The four-star hotel opened in June and already has big plans for their customers: fitness, wellness, and health and detox retreats. The most exciting part is that they’re offering packages that aim to bring the solo female travelers together to go out and explore Mallorca.
Location: Avinguda d’en Joan Servera Camps, 11 -07680 Porto Cristo - Illes Balear
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Contact Number: +34 971 81 52 39
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LUTHAN HOTEL AND SPA, RIYADH
A first of its kind in the Middle East, Luthan Hotel is staffed entirely by women. So, if you’re veiled, that’s a safe place to remove it when you arrive in a safe space. Their identity is based around a sanctuary – a unique urban retreat for women only to help rebalance the energies and reach relaxation and harmonization physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Location: Riyadh 11545, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Contact Number: (966) 1 4807799
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ARTEMISIA, BERLINModern, stylish, and female-only, Artemisia is Germany’s first hotel for women, located in central Wescity. It offers quiet, comfortable rooms and a roof terrace. The coolest thing about it? It hosts art exhibitions by female artists!