Friday’s Seven: 7 Reasons Why You Should Stay in a Boutique Hotel

A small, usually independent hotel with a unique theme or design. This is what makes a hotel “boutique”. These types of hotels are becoming increasingly popular with travelers, here are a few good reasons why:

#1 You will find them in a good location: depending on your objective that is. If you are looking for a centric location there are boutique hotels in popular neighborhoods in major cities offering close proximity to the city’s main attractions or city center .Other boutique hotels take a different approach especially in resort destinations. Found in secluded hidden locations they offer you a getaway if that’s what you are looking for.

Hotel Fusion in Prague with its ultra modern room designs by Brendan van Son.

Boutique Hotel Fusion in Prague with its ultra modern room designs. Photo by Brendan van Son.

#2 They’ve got a unique design and theme: a major characteristic of boutique hotels. There are ones with ultra modern or quirky designs, others with a country chic theme, and also the vintage ones.  Whatever it is, they definitely stand out from the usual, something to add to the enjoyment of your trip.

Cosy garden in boutique hotel Villa Mangili in Rome.

Cosy garden in boutique hotel Villa Mangili in Rome.

#3 They are small and cosy: a small lobby area, a small restaurant, a small garden and rooms fewer than 100. Combine all of these together and you get that cosy feel that we all want.

#4 There is a personal touch:  it is not unusual to find the hotel owner personally welcoming you on your first day and have a good hearty chat with you . The one or two receptionists you’ll usually find during your stay and get used to, will quickly become your trip planners as they give you personal advice on where to go or help you with booking your excursions. The “enjoy your stay” cliché becomes a more genuine welcome.

#5 You’ll get good service:  with a small number of rooms to attend to and great emphasis on personalization you also get good service. Good F&B service, available and timely room service, housekeeping that is done on time and meets expectations. These are some examples.

Home-made lemon cake for breakfast at boutique hotel Villa Mangili, Rome.

Home-made lemon cake for breakfast at boutique hotel Villa Mangili, Rome.

#6 They offer great food: another defining characteristic. Boutique hotels offer high quality and more often than not home-made food that instantly brings good feelings to guests. Some also have fully fledged restaurants that serve customers from outside who come over for a different and unique food experience.

#7 It’s “The Trend”: A boutique hotel is the “in thing” to do these days for those who like keeping up with the latest trend.

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