Definition: boutique hotel = a small, luxury hotel offering premium services, often located in a fashionable location.
Etymology: from boutique ‘small, exclusive shop’.
PZ loves boutique hotels. So does her Frog. I drool over the gorgeous modern designs, charming ambiance and cool high-tech facilities. The small number of rooms also mean better client attention and less likely to bump into troops of noisy children.
Boutique hotels have mushroomed all over the world, in answer to travelers looking for small, luxury, intimate accommodations, the alternative to the large mass-market chain hotels. Boutique hotels are the fastest-growing niche market in many cities with individual, chic hotels quickly ascertaining its presence as THE place to be.
They tend to be life-style focused, brand-marketed and intent on creating a dream and not just of practicality for providing a place to sleep. The origins of boutique hotel I’d say started with Blakes Hotel, London by hotelier designer Anouska Hempel. Each of the 51 rooms carries its own unique individual design, earning its reputation as “The Couture Hotel.” Although I’ve been lucky to dine there, I have stayed at the sister hotel Blakes in Amsterdam (now The Dylan) and I can most certainly say if Amsterdam wasn’t so beautiful, I’d be happy to stay in the red oriental bedroom all day.
So here I’d like to share with you some PZ favourites – old classics and new – just to spread the joy. There’s so many of course that it’s a really tough selection!! So note there will be further posts on this topic. Please do share your must-stay boutique hotels wherever it may be and I’ll add them with your mention in future posts.
– L’Hotel (Oscar Wilde’s haunt on the Left Bank). Winner of the best urban hotel in the world 2008, Harper’s Bazaar. 20 rooms individually decorated.
– Hotel Keppler by Pierre-Yves Rochon. 39 divine rooms. New.
–The Haymarket Hotel by Tim and Kip Kent. A landmark building by the legendary John Nash. 50 rooms.
– The Sanderson hotel by Philippe Starck.
– Casa Fuster. Restored Landmark building in the modernist style (like Gaudi.)
– Hotel Omm by architect Juli Capella and interior designers Sandra Tarruella and Isabel López. 91 rooms.
– New Majestic Hotel. 30 individually designed rooms, mixing vintage and designer.
– Abeo. 52 rooms. State of the art technology and architecture
– Lang Kwai Wang Hotel. Boutique hotel style but 162 rooms (pretty typical in HK). Gorgeous though with fantastic panoramic views.