Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotel

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Boutique hotels are usually small independent properties with a local flair. Typically, boutique hotels have fewer than 100 rooms. Some are significantly smaller. They often have custom design elements, higher-end amenities and a small but attentive staff.

Not all boutique hotels are independent entities. Some are owned and managed by larger companies. Large or small, boutique hotels set themselves apart with their unique style, intimate settings and gracious service.

Highest rated Boutique Hotel around the world

The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$693 per night from 25 Aug to 25 Aug
Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps away from 900 North Michigan Shops, Water Tower Place and Michigan Avenue. John Hancock Center and State ...
4/5Very Good! (3,159 reviews)
"I really love this hotel. It was walking distance from everything. The staff were very sweet and helpful. I love the antiquish, old century feel of this Hotel. And at the same time still feels modern. I will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

The Whitehall Hotel
Sonder | Vasanta
3.5 out of 5
Carrer de Casp, 31, Barcelona
The price is HK$832 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Located in Eixample, this boutique guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Tivoli Theatre and Passeig de Gracia. Placa de Catalunya and Palau de la Musica Catalana ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Chic, quirky & unique! Fell in love with it at first sight & was completely enamoured once I arrived! It has all you could expect & want from a Boutique Hotel in the heart of this beautiful city! Gabriel was an excellent host/guide & I look forward to returning to this magical place!"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Sonder | Vasanta
Naumi Hotel (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,097 per night from 18 Aug to 18 Aug
Located in the heart of Singapore, this luxury hotel is steps away from Mint Museum of Toys and Bras Basah Complex. National Library of Singapore and Suntec ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (784 reviews)
"Easy walking distance to transportation hubs & tourist attractions. Excellent breakfasts. Beautiful infinity pool on rooftop. Very clean and everything worked. Interesting waterfall-like sink faucet in room. Constant complimentary iced "greeting" tea in reception."

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Naumi Hotel (SG Clean)
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The Sofia Hotel
3.5 out of 5
150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,278 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Downtown San Diego, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of USS Midway Museum and San Diego Convention Center. Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,464 reviews)
"The Sofia is an example of the lovely old architecture that lends such charm to this section of San Diego. The hotel is within a short walk of Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and the museums on the pier. It is a short bus ride to Balboa Park with its many attractions including ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

The Sofia Hotel
Hotel Rialto
3.5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,529 per night from 29 Jul to 29 Jul
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Lower Johnson Street, Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre and Victoria ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,063 reviews)
"I love the history of this building. Used to stay here when it was the Douglas Hotel and it’s nice to see the beautiful renovations."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Hotel Rialto
Sonder | DO Plaça Reial
The price is HK$1,361 per night from 29 Jul to 29 Jul
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Placa Reial, La Rambla and Palau Guell. Boqueria Market and Barcelona Cathedral are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (797 reviews)
"The location on Plaça Real is excellent. The staff were friendly and very helpful. I bought this room for my Mom and Stepdad and they loved the location. I visited them multiple times during the trip and everything was great. The only very minor issue I had was the check in process. It was not very ..."

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2021

Sonder | DO Plaça Reial
Hotel Max
3.5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,307 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Located in Belltown, this boutique hotel is steps away from Westlake Center and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Paramount Theatre and Pike Place Market ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,064 reviews)
"Great hotel and staff the only downside is rooms are small and bathroom is teeny tiny. But located in a great spot"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Hotel Max
International House Hotel
4 out of 5
221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$925 per night from 27 Jul to 27 Jul
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Royal Street, and Harrah's New Orleans Casino. Bourbon ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"This was a nice hotel. We will definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

International House Hotel
Hotel Felix Chicago
Located in River North, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holy Name Cathedral, Driehaus Museum and American Medical Association Headquarters. Tribune ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Great small hotel. Fancy but a great value."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Hotel Felix Chicago
The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
33 Erskine Road, Singapore
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$830 per night from 12 Aug to 12 Aug
Located in Chinatown, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Chinatown Heritage Center, and Thian Hock Keng ...
4.2/5Excellent! (998 reviews)
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Reviewed on 31 May 2021

The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
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What is the definition of a boutique hotel?

Boutique hotels pride themselves on being unique. They are typically small properties that are independently run or part of a small chain, with a strong personality and attention to detail, creating a more immersive and memorable experience for guests than the average hotel.

Size: Boutique hotels usually have less than 100 rooms. Sometimes as few as 10. Due to the small size, guests tend to get more attentive service and flexibility with special requests.

Guestrooms: Often fitted with luxury bedding, upscale bathrooms, premium toiletries and added unique touches. It's common to find each room in a boutique hotel looks different.

Ambience: You'll find distinctive decor and luxury artwork in every space from the lobby, to restaurants to guestrooms, often influenced by the local community or made by local artisans. There's likely to be several welcoming communal spaces.

Food: Some boutique hotels have a gourmet restaurant or cafe. In-room amenities may include a good coffee machine and interesting minibar selection.

Local community: Many boutique hotels support local businesses and involve the local community. Some boutique hotels are heritage hotels that preserve a cultural significance.

What is the difference between a boutique hotel and a regular hotel?

The main differences come from size, design and individuality.

Additionally, boutique hotels tend to incorporate Intricate designs, standout art pieces, involvement with the local community, and more inviting communal spaces free of crowds. All of these together with more flexible and attentive service, creates a more memorable experience for guests than a regular hotel affords.

Size and Identity: Boutique hotels are smaller, often with less than a hundred guestrooms. Most are independently owned, which gives them the freedom to express a strong unique character -- often chic and luxurious, sometimes quirky or historic. The unique decor and attention to upscale details features centrally in boutique hotels, whereas regular hotels might be more focused on function to cater to more guests.

Design and Individuality: Every space in a boutique hotel is often designed to be not only beautiful, but interesting and engaging for guests. No generic hotel art in sight. Where large chain hotels tend to have similar decor across their properties, boutique hotels are more likely to go for one-of-a-kind effect. They may even incorporate local influences or craftsmanship. It's also common for each guestroom to look completely different than the next.

Experience: The smaller size and independence of a boutique hotel allows staff to offer a more personal experience to guests compared to most other hotels. Larger hotels have to cater widely to many guests spread across a bigger property; hotel chains need to be consistent, sensible and similar across all properties in the brand; other small hotels aren't necessarily concerned with all the frills and luxury facilities. In contrast, at boutique hotels are able to focus on a small number of guests and offer fresh 4-star and 5-star amenities.

Is a boutique hotel the same as a luxury hotel?

No. Some boutique hotels are classed as luxury hotels, while others are not.

A boutique hotel must be small, whereas luxury hotels can be of any size. They are usually much larger, with hundreds of rooms. Boutique hotels are often independently-run or part of small boutique chain. Majority of luxury hotels are part of large international hotel chains. There are many luxury hotels that are not boutiques.

Not all boutique hotels are luxury hotels, but many are. A luxury boutique hotel will likely be fitted with luxury amenities like premium bedding, artisan toiletries and in-room conveniences, upscale decor and expensive furniture. It may also have a gourmet restaurant on-site.

Are boutique hotels expensive?

Not necessarily. The price of boutique hotels varies. Some boutique hotels are expensive to stay in, but others are not.

Most boutique hotels are independent and have upscale amenities. They are also committed to high-quality, attentive guest services. Together, this creates a luxury experience. Therefore it's not uncommon to find boutique hotels classed as luxury hotels with higher rates.

However, there are often affordable boutique hotels too. Especially when they are located outside the tourist hotspots and away from the hotel chains, you might find beautiful boutique hotels that are cheaper. Hotel chains also mean a consistent level of service and guests pay for that brand experience. Boutique hotels are independent and may in fact be cheaper. So it really depends on the hotel and the destination.