Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotels

Highest rated Boutique Hotels around the world

The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL, 60611
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3.9/5 Good! (3,158 reviews)
"For our anniversary we wanted to stay downtown and the Whitehall was in the perfect location, Rush & Delaware."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

The Whitehall Hotel
Sonder Vasanta
3.5 out of 5
Carrer de Casp, 31, Barcelona, 08010
4.6/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO RECEPTION AT THIS LOCATION. You will get an e-mail day before arrival with check-in instruction and you'll have to check-in yourself. WE DIDN'T KNOW & WE WERE FRUSTRATED. OTHER THAN CHECK IN, EVERYTHING ELSE WAS GREAT - great location, nice/clean/big rooms, walking to distance ..."

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Sonder Vasanta
Naumi Hotel (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
41 Seah Street, Singapore, 188396
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4.4/5 Wonderful! (842 reviews)
"Comfortable, well located, staff very welcoming, free snacks in the room were a nice touch, would stay here again."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

Naumi Hotel (SG Clean)

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The Sofia Hotel
3.5 out of 5
150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA, 92101
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4/5 Very Good! (1,732 reviews)
"We took advantage of the free walking tour from our guide Pamela. She was extremely knowledgable and enlightened ys on much of the historical aspects wetting our appetite to learn and see more. The location was ok but we thought being by the embarkation area would have served us better."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

The Sofia Hotel
Hotel Rialto
3.5 out of 5
653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC, V8W 1N8
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Nice quiet boutique hotel with lovely lounge with amazing bartenders and food"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Hotel Rialto
Sonder DO Plaça Reial
5 out of 5
Plaça Reial 1, Barcelona, 08002
4.8/5 Exceptional! (833 reviews)
"A great stay. Lovely staff. Room very comfortable and location was excellent"

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

Sonder DO Plaça Reial
Hotel Max
3.5 out of 5
620 Stewart, Seattle, WA, 98101
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4.1/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Helpful staff, great location, fun ambiance."

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2022

Hotel Max
International House Hotel
4 out of 5
221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
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4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
I'll be back
"Great stay great location"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

International House Hotel
Hotel Felix River North/Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
111 W Huron St, Chicago, IL, 60654
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3.9/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Hotel was really nice, clean and very centrally located. My only complaint is that the pillows and pillow covers were yellow, so that was a bit gross. Other than that, everything was perfect!"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Hotel Felix River North/Magnificent Mile
The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
33 Erskine Road, Singapore, 069333
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4.2/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"Great location and super friendly staff. It was lovely to stay in a more historic building than a bland corporate hotel. Bit tired in places and things like there was no easy place to plug in the hairdryer near a mirror and our room only had a bedside table on one side."

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2022

The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
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Boutique hotels

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind boutique holiday

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.

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.