Gone are the days when a hotel brand is measured solely by its ability to provide decent rooms, facilities, and housekeeping services. Today, the needs of the travelers have evolved. Modern travelers look for something beyond a nice bed to fall into at the end of the day – they look for aesthetics, personality, intimacy, and unique experience.
This is what makes small boutique hotels stand out from chain hotels. Today, these picture-worthy hotels are all the rage.
Planning to visit a new travel destination this 2020? Or celebrate your anniversary out of town? Or perhaps reward yourself a nice hotel stay that’s under the radar? Here are 7 reasons why you should choose a boutique hotel.
1. Boutique hotels have a unique personality
Let’s be honest – modern travelers, especially my fellow millennials, don’t just check into a hotel to sleep, watch TV, eat breakfast, and go swimming. Taking pictures of the ambiance, from the chic interior design to the lovely beachfront view, is part of the overall experience.
We’re always on the lookout for a unique place to feed our wanderlust and adorn our IG feed.
Boutique hotels satisfy that need by providing us with a visual treat. They have handcrafted furniture, artwork pieces, interesting architectural details, and exclusive charming amenities. You can even find boutique hotels on rooftops, inside parks, music and art-themed ones, castle boutique hotels, and many more.
2. It’s all about aesthetics
Forget the bland, standard beige and brown hotel interior design or the overwhelmingly vast, commercialized spaces of chain hotels. If you want a more aesthetically pleasing hotel for your couples getaway or family trip, boutique hotels are here to stay.
Since boutique hotels are privately owned, the owners have a lot more freedom to decorate based on their liking. You can see themed bedrooms, each with bold colors, intricate headboard details, authentic thought-provoking art, and statement furniture.
3. Boutique hotels are smaller and more intimate
Generally, boutique hotels have less than 100 rooms. This smaller, more intimate setting creates a homier, more personal feel. You’ll also expect less traveler traffic. Chances are that you can enjoy the lovely amenities all to yourself.
4. Enjoy a warm, personalized service
Are you looking for a more customized experience? Given that boutique hotels are smaller, they pride themselves on personalized service. The hotel staff is more likely to cater to their guest’s needs. Rooms may also include personal touches like fresh cookies or snacks.
5. It’s close to your home, but better
Want to have the homey vibe of a humble b&b style lodging but with a luxurious feel of classic chain hotels? Boutique hotels give you the best of both worlds. It will make you feel like you’re a guest in some rich and art-savvy person’s home.
6. You’ll get that authentic, local feel
Boutique hotel properties are likely located off the beaten path, or close to (or within) local communities, giving you a more authentic staycation experience. These will provide you with more of that local feel. You can even find boutique hotels that match its surrounding location, like a vintage-themed hotel in a heritage site, a Picasso-inspired hotel in an art district, and a manor house boutique hotel in Kilkenny National Park.
7. Boutique hotels offer better value for your money
Travelers seeking a one-of-a-kind stay benefit from boutique hotels. Budget-wise, they’re not always cheaper than chain hotels, but they’ll give you value for your money through a unique travel experience. Most boutique hotels have a fun, energetic vibe that’s in line with the town or city in which they’re situated.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is one of the resident writers for Cahernane House Hotel Killarney, a charming four-star boutique hotel, beautifully set on a picturesque private estate and near the bustling Killarney town centre. Her fondness for travel, food, and cultural appreciation makes it easy for her to write inspiring pieces of content.