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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The price is NZ$285 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
3.9/5 Good! (3,243 reviews)
"Fantastic location and really good value. A charming hotel full of character. Shame there is no restaurant or breakfast provided but lots of places to eat on the doorstep. Still under Covid restrictions so our room wasn't made up and there we no coffee making facilties but that was a minor ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

The Whitehall Hotel
Sonder Vasanta
3.5 out of 5
Carrer de Casp, 31, Barcelona, 08010
The price is NZ$234 per night from 30 May to 31 May
4.6/5 Wonderful! (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 14 Mar. 2020

Sonder Vasanta
Naumi Hotel (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
41 Seah Street, Singapore, 188396
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The price is NZ$320 per night from 21 May to 22 May
4.5/5 Wonderful! (800 reviews)
"Really friendly staff, great location, easy access to transport options."

Reviewed on 17 Apr. 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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The price is NZ$293 per night from 30 May to 31 May
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,509 reviews)
"Great stay. Definitely ideal for beach vacations. If you’re on a business trip however the wifi needs work."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

The Sofia Hotel
Hotel Rialto
3.5 out of 5
653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC, V8W 1N8
The price is NZ$372 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (958 reviews)
"Excellent staff and boutique experience."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Hotel Rialto
Sonder DO Plaça Reial
5 out of 5
Plaça Reial 1, Barcelona, 08002
The price is NZ$357 per night from 20 Jun. to 21 Jun.
4.8/5 Exceptional! (810 reviews)
"We really appreciated the friendly greeting we received from the staff upon our arrival. She immediately made us feel welcome and she was very informative. The room was spacious and very comfortable. The bedding and towels were superior and the bed was comfortable. The amenities were lovely, although ..."

Reviewed on 2 Dec. 2021

Sonder DO Plaça Reial
Hotel Max
3.5 out of 5
620 Stewart, Seattle, WA, 98101
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The price is NZ$252 per night from 24 May to 25 May
4.2/5 Excellent! (976 reviews)
"Rooms are clean and comfy. Staff was excellent very helpful. Great location"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Hotel Max
International House Hotel
4 out of 5
221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
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The price is NZ$206 per night from 25 May to 26 May
4.4/5 Excellent! (961 reviews)
"We checked in late and the front desk attendant was very helpful and friendly. We used the valet service because we knew nothing of the area with regard to parking and access. It worked well for us. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The only issue we had was with one of the TV’s. We didn’t pursue ..."

Reviewed on 14 May 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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The price is NZ$275 per night from 30 May to 31 May
3.9/5 Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Good value and great location. Good, clean room."

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 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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The price is NZ$301 per night from 14 Jun. to 15 Jun.
4.2/5 Excellent! (997 reviews)
"Good short stay. Hotel is clean and quiet. The only downside was that when room was made up in the second day, there was no refill of water and minibar. Other than that pretty good and a nice area around."

Reviewed on 5 May 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.