How a Boutique Hotel Is Different from a Regular Hotel

If you like to live in the lap of luxury and comfort whenever you’re traveling, then boutique hotels are the dream destination for you! So what exactly is a boutique hotel? Many sources will tell you only that it is small but cozy and smart with a large personality. But here’s what a boutique hotel actually is; it is a small hotel consisting of around ten to a hundred rooms. It is usually located in a converted building.

This means that the layout is secondary to the interior design. It has small personal touches that add to its character. This gives it a cozy, homely vibe that sets it apart from large, luxury or even business hotels. So without further ado, let’s look at 5 elements you should know about designing a boutique hotel.

1. Location of a boutique hotel

First and foremost, the location of your boutique hotel is what matters the most! This is the key characteristic which sets them apart from major hotel chains. Boutique hotels are quaint but stylish. They’re usually located in converted buildings. I’m going to give you a very relatable example. If you’ve watched the TV show Gilmore Girls, you will know all about Lorelai Gilmore’s Dragonfly Inn. It used to be an abandoned building, which she renovated and refurbished into a beautiful hotel. Similarly, an old building in a historic district could be converted into a boutique hotel.
Many modern boutique hotels are being opened up in born-again, trendy neighborhoods that have a lot of history but are stylish to boot as well.

2. Exclusivity

A boutique hotel has a very distinct personality. Its small scale offers an intimate environment that appeals to many guests. This exclusivity is a unique brand of luxury that no chain hotel would ever be able to imitate. It also gives these hotels an individuality that feels very personal to the guests. They’re not simply ‘one’ of ‘many’ which make these hotels so much more appealing for those who’re seeking a home-away-from-home while traveling.
A good example is Sense Beach House which simply can’t be beaten. This beautiful little boutique property offers comfy rooms, an incredible rooftop pool and best of all, it sits on the quieter side of Ocean Drive.

3. Defining features of design

Every boutique hotel is one of a kind – until and unless it is a chain; which is very rare. So the themes and design of every hotel is unique. Every room has a distinct design that is different from one another. The overall theme is zany. Sometimes, the design covers historic elements with contemporary aspects. Other times it is simply a cottage-in-the-woods sort of homey. Note that you can even have a little fun with the interior design by going for a fun, eccentric theme as well; something like English Vintage or Shabby Chic. This quirkiness makes their design very individual and trendy. An example of this would be at the Hansar Bangkok Hotel. I mean, just look at this room. The combination of the wood, modern decor and the tub sitting in the middle of the floor.


4. Collecting the Local Flavor

A boutique hotel design usually strives to capture the flavor of the local surroundings. Heritage and culture are huge aspects that influence the design of a boutique hotel. This could be accomplished by weaving in vistas of the surroundings through large window portals. Or it could be done by creating an interior and façade that capture the essence of the place in its design.
The Alma del Pacifico is hands down one of the most beautiful beach front properties that I’ve ever stayed at. From its proximity to the beach to the privacy of the property to the wide variety of colorful plants and flowers lining the walkways.


5. Service and F&B

A boutique hotel offers specialized services that make every guest feel very special. The staff will treat you like royalty and offer custom toiletries and even pillow menus. F&B (Food and Beverage) are just as trendy, hip and full of local flavors as the rest of the design. Most boutique hotels have specialized bars and restaurants designed on some very idiosyncratic themes. The cozy atmosphere of these establishments attracts the guest and keeps them coming for more.


The best part about boutique hotels is their atypical flair and how they strive to be the best for their guests. So the next time you’re on vacation, try to spot a boutique hotel to stay in!

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