Calling your hotel a boutique hotel doesn’t make it one. The term is very trendy, so hotels across the world tag it into their marketing. But what is a boutique hotel really? And are there any truly unique ones you should visit? We believe so… These are some perfect examples of true boutique hotels you should travel to experience.
What is a boutique hotel?
A boutique hotel can only have between 10 and 100 rooms. However, this isn’t the only criteria! A true boutique hotel brings 5-star service in a personal, unique way. There is nothing stuffy about them, and the restaurant and bar will be attractions in their own right. The hotel will clearly tell a story of its own, often steeped in that of the community surrounding it. This is the reason you should choose a true boutique hotel when you travel… You travel to experience a place, and there is no truer reflection of the place you visit than a true boutique hotel.
Travel to Colombia
Tcherassi Hotel + Spa, in Cartagena combines colonial-style luxury and modern superior quality facilities, Tcherassi is definitely a travel-destination true boutique hotel.
Tcherassi Hotel + Spa is a 5-star, 7 room boutique hotel in a 250 year old colonial mansion. Deep in the historic walled city of Cartagena de Indias, a unique heritage location, the spa offers treatments based on indigenous Colombian and South American practices and ingredients. The fine dining Vera restaurant and the hotel’s Rooftop Lounge + Pool, which offers unbeatable 360 degree views of the city and the sea, are something to behold.
Travel to Japan
Zaborin is made up of 15 villas, surrounded by meadows and forests, with some of Asia’s finest ski slopes. Travel for a traditional Japanese experience in ultimate luxury. The restaurant uses ingredients from the forest and nearby lake for a traditional kita kaiseki meal. And clean contemporary architecture and interior design nestles into the surrounding nature.
Travel to Finland
Aurora Estate, is a large red country-style house in the centre of Ylläsjärvi in the Lapland region of Northern Finland. The founders’ achieve their goal of bringing new and modern, while maintaining a respect for the beauty and nature of Lapland. They serve authentic regional dishes in the 19th-century log cabin restaurant, with the freshest seasonal produce. People travel from around the world to experience one of one world’s great natural wonders, the Aurora Borealis. You can watch them from a hot tub at this truly unique boutique hotel.
Travel to NYC
Crosby Street Hotel is an 86 bedroom boutique hotel on a quiet cobble street in the heart of New York’s SoHo neighbourhood. Each room is one-of-a-kind and the upper floors offer ultimate luxury and a 360° view of one of the world’s most famous skylines. The Crosby is a gorgeous embodiment of the surrounding SoHo. The vibey bar-restaurant offers modern American food, cocktails and afternoon teas inside or in the courtyard garden.
Travel to Paris
The extremely exclusive 5-suite Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is hidden in a family home in Paris dating from the XIXth century. The website describes it as a home away from home, tended to by our caring and discreet staff. Nature is everywhere in this gorgeous escape, with the gardens ranging over 900m2, even though you’re in the heart of the city. Restaurant Le Mandragore, creates classical timeless dishes with daily deliveries of fresh produce. The restaurant and bar draw people from all over Europe.
Travel to Turkey
Argos in Cappadocia lies on the site of an ancient monastery in Turkey. The careful restoration of the remains of historical dwellings, underground tunnels and caves offer guests a magical world to explore. The restaurant serves all local dishes, rich in culture and historic heritage… But the preparation of fresh local ingredients combines traditions with contemporary cooking techniques for unique flavors.
Travel to New Mexico
The Inn of the Five Graces is the top hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Set on a quiet street that fronts the Alamade River, the Inn of the Five Graces occupies some of the oldest residential buildings in the United States. Its style is completely exotic and original, with colorful furnishings and artworks from as far away as Afghanistan and India. Each of its 25 room showcases “handcrafted artisan pieces and one-of-a-kind treasures from the historic Silk Road that once linked Europe and Asia. Echoes of rustic Spain, lingering in New Mexico’s Hispanic heritage, are reflected in the Seret style’s trademark synthesis of East and West.”
Do you have a favourite boutique hotel you would recommend we travel to?