What Is A Boutique Hotel?
Those who travel a lot, whether it be for work or pleasure, know the drill when it comes to a hotel stay; you’re in, you’re out and that’s showbiz baby. Chains usually have a large staff, some sort of self-serve continental breakfast and bland décor with the awful abstract comforters that are about as thick as a tissue. Stay there and you are just one of hundreds of rooms, but stay at a boutique hotel and you are more than just a number.
Boutique locations typically only have 10 to 100 rooms, which means a quieter stay and more attention dedicated to you and your needs. Upscale and attentive service as well as a unique and personalized experience at a boutique will rival your run-of-the-mill, cardboard sheet hotel stay.
Boutique hotels pride themselves on a theme or whimsical décor that will evoke you, as the customer, to get inspired or vacate from the usual. It is an “experience” that boutique owners focus on; a story that can be told through service, décor and amenities that you most likely won’t find in a Hampton Inn.
Not only will you have a guaranteed unique stay at one of these hotels, but you will find new ways to experience the area. Boutique staff just seem to know all the insider information on where to explore, shop, eat and play during your stay and genuinely want to share it with you!
In addition to telling you how delicious a boutique hotel stay can be, you have to see it with your own eyes. Here are some examples of four pretty amazing places around the nation that you should check out. It is evident to see the differences between a hotel and a boutique.
The Parker in Palm Springs, CA
The Parker is a romantic escape for vacationers. Palm Springs is an ideal location for a warm getaway, but this boutique hotel is a getaway within a getaway. These grounds feature three pools – yes, we said three – a spa, and two delicious restaurants. Each room is uniquely styled with luxurious fabrics, beautiful patterns and colorful art. You’ll feel right at home (if your home was a luxury California mansion) in these spacious rooms that come with a sitting area and some even offer tropical garden views!
The Austin Hotel in Austin, TX
This 41-room hideaway houses its infamous kidney bean shaped pool, minimalist rooms with bright bursts of color giving it a pleasant, vintage-y vibe. It all about the details for this boutique hotel, from the striped kimonos and bedside phones shaped like lips, down to the synchronized swimmer shows and quirky merch at the gift shop.
The Dean in Providence, RI
The Dean exudes a masculine and refined aesthetic, attracting those looking to dive into some of the areas’ history while enjoying luxurious relaxation and some local college-town flavor. In what was once a brothel in downtown Providence, The Dean is now a 52-room hotel that lies in the heart of Providence’s historic district. It has maintained many original details such as the birdcage elevator, brickwork, and windows. Pair that history with a neon-lit lobby and the city’s only karaoke lounge and this elegant venue transforms into a lively bar scene for local Brown students.
El Cosmico in Marfa, TX
Out of all the boutique hotel stays, this concept is the most unique. Experience the outdoors of West Texas in your choice of Sioux-style teepees, safari tents, trailers, Mongolian yurts, or a 3800 square foot apartment in downtown Marfa. Glamp away at El Cosmico’s 21-acre nomadic hotel and campground knowing that you will be taking in a full dose of adventure and do-nothingness. Experience cultural activities and elevate your mind, body and spirit with periodical concerts, creative workshops and festivals.
RSVP Hotel BZN in Bozeman, MT
Inspired by their worldly travels, the owners of RSVP Hotel BZN are taking things to the next level in Montana. Located in Midtown Bozeman, what was once the Rainbow Hotel has been meticulously resurrected to change the way you stay and play in this mountainous town. The RSVP experience is unlike anything you will find in Montana—a place where Stetsons and whiskey pair well with sun hats and a little bubbly.
In addition to the RSVP’s upscale service and amenities, each room’s furnishings include unique pieces sourced from Italy, France and even right here in Bozeman. Relax poolside in the warmer months while enjoying some suds and locally sourced sustenance available at The Farmer’s Daughters Café and Eatery located inside the RSVP Hotel lobby. Or indulge in some VIP treatment after an exciting day of exploring Yellowstone National Park, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, skiing or hiking. No matter your motive for visiting Bozeman, a stay at RSVP is sure to be the perfect accessory to your travels.
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