Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotels

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.

Highest rated Boutique Hotels around the World

The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,549 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps from 900 North Michigan Shops, Water Tower Place, and Michigan Avenue. John Hancock Center and State ...

4/5Very Good! (3,069 reviews)

"A great location, but the hotel is very dated. Comfortable rooms, but quite a bit of noise from hallways and next door rooms."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

The Whitehall Hotel
Vasanta Hotel Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Carrer de Casp, 31, Barcelona, Barcelona

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 Mar 14, 2020

Vasanta Hotel Boutique
Naumi Hotel
4.5 out of 5
41 Seah Street, Singapore
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥25,810 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Located in the heart of Singapore, this luxury hotel is steps from Mint Museum of Toys and Bras Basah Complex. National Library of Singapore and Suntec Convention ...

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 Mar 5, 2020

Naumi Hotel
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The Sofia Hotel
3.5 out of 5
150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥12,450 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,710 reviews)

"Hotel was nice, rooms were kind of small but nice. Shower was strange, only partial covering shower wall. No matter how hard we tried, the floor was always soaked."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

The Sofia Hotel
Hotel Rialto
3.5 out of 5
653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,568 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

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! (1,151 reviews)

"Had a great stay, staff were extremely friendly. We are at The Palms, which was great."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

Hotel Rialto
Hotel DO Plaça Reial
5 out of 5
Plaça Reial 1, Barcelona, Barcelona
The price is ¥28,427 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2

Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Placa Reial, La Rambla, and Palau Guell. Boqueria Market and Barcelona Cathedral are also within 10 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (795 reviews)

"Excellent across the board .... room, dining, location, staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Hotel DO Plaça Reial
Hotel Max
3.5 out of 5
620 Stewart, Seattle, WA
The price is ¥9,436 per night from Apr 5 to Apr 6

Located in Belltown, this boutique hotel is steps from Westlake Center and Seattle Central Business District. Seattle Paramount Theatre and Pike Place Market ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,188 reviews)

"The staff were all very accomodating and so personable and nice! The the free beer happy hour was a great bonus!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Hotel Max
International House Hotel
4 out of 5
221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,156 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in Central Business District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Royal Street, and Harrah's New Orleans Casino. Bourbon Street ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)

"Very nice staff but they weren't always at the desk. Very low key, chill hotel which made a very relaxing stay."…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

International House Hotel
Hotel Felix Chicago
4 out of 5
111 W Huron St, Chicago, IL

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! (1,014 reviews)

"I liked the set up of the hotel lobby it was cool. It has the bar in a tucked off intimate spot, nice lounge feel with a street view of the city. I didnt get to actually drink there because of this virus but stil. Now moving on to the overall design of the hallways, elevators etc, i think its time ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2020

Hotel Felix Chicago
The Scarlet Singapore
4 out of 5
33 Erskine Road, Singapore

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)
Cozy Boutique

"Small cozy rooms but if you like something a little on the dreamy side this boutique hotel is for you...located very conveniently next to Singapore's vibrant and colorful China town and just a half hour by foot away from all the downtown attractions. Would definately come back and stay here ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

The Scarlet Singapore
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Frequently asked questions

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.