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
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Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps away from Water Tower Place, Michigan Avenue and State Street. John Hancock Center and Lake Michigan ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (3,410 reviews)
"Location, efficiency, conforty"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2021

The Whitehall Hotel
Sonder | Vasanta
3.5 out of 5
Carrer de Casp, 31, Barcelona
Located in Eixample, this boutique guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Passeig de Gracia, Placa de Catalunya, and La Rambla. Casa Batllo and Palau de la ...
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
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Located in Downtown Core, this luxury hotel is steps away from Mint Museum of Toys and Bras Basah Complex. National Library of Singapore and Suntec Convention ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (786 reviews)
"The pillows, bed and quilt are exceptionally comfortable for very good sleep. Appreciate the spacious bathtub and powerful shower pressure too. Complimentary beverages in bar fridge and snacks. AppleTV with screen mirroring. Spacious room. Clever use of space (constraint). Most importantly, lovely ..."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2021

Naumi Hotel (SG Clean)
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The Sofia Hotel
3.5 out of 5
150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
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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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,039 reviews)
"25 min walk to the convention center"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

The Sofia Hotel
Hotel Rialto
3.5 out of 5
653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
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This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, just steps away from Lower Johnson Street and Government Street. Victoria Harbour and Royal ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (996 reviews)
"Great little hotel with convenient access to downtown Victoria. Parkade is across the street, which is unusual, but seems like an outside the box solution for an older building with no parking on site. The staff is friendly and the rooms are clean and spacious."

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2021

Hotel Rialto
Sonder | DO Plaça Reial
5 out of 5
Plaça Reial 1, Barcelona
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps away from Palau Guell and La Rambla. Boqueria Market and Barcelona Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (804 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
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Located in Belltown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Central Business District, Pike Place Market, and Seattle Waterfront. Washington ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (964 reviews)
"The most beautiful hotel I've stayed in. Every detail was lovingly designed to create an air of mystery, romance, understated elegance. I was uncomfortably cold though because I didn't realize the window unit air conditioner could also be used as a heater. The free draft beer was a nice touch, but ..."

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2021

Hotel Max
International House Hotel
4 out of 5
221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA
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Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Harrah's New Orleans Casino, and Bourbon Street. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (969 reviews)
"Over all the hotel was great!! The only two big things I did not like was parking.... it was way to expensive to park w/the Hotel per day ($45). The parking near by was better price but still to high for day parking ($35 per day). The other big thing was the bar in the hotel closed way too early ..."

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2021

International House Hotel
Hotel Felix River North/Magnificent Mile
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 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Great small hotel. Fancy but a great value."

Reviewed on 18 May 2021

Hotel Felix River North/Magnificent Mile
The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
33 Erskine Road, Singapore
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Located in Outram, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Club Street and Raffles Place. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Marina Bay Sands Casino are ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (993 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff. Nazir and Nigel at the front desk did a wonderful job making guests feel welcome and at home."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
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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.