What is a boutique hotel, and why should you stay in one?

What is a boutique hotel, and why should you stay in one?

If you’re a traveler or follower of trends in hospitality, you’ve probably seen the term boutique hotel pop up frequently. What is a boutique hotel, and why should you consider staying in one on your next trip?

Boutique hotel can be broadly defined as “a small luxury hotel offering premium services, often located in a fashionable location.” The term was coined by American entrepreneur Steve Rubell in 1984, in reference to the Morgans Hotel he then owned with his Studio 54 co-founder Ian Schrager. Boutique hotels began appearing in major cities around the world in 1980, and continue growing in popularity today. Even large international hotel chains are opening boutique hotel sub-brands.

So why choose a boutique hotel for accommodations during your next adventure? Here are four things that make them stand out from traditional hotels.

1. A personalized, hands-on guest experience

Hotels large and small deliver extraordinary guest service, but at a boutique hotel, hands-on, individualized, detail-oriented service is the norm. With fewer guests staying at a time, boutique hotel staff members are highly accessible and able to dedicate more time to each guest. This means a more personalized experience during your stay, whether it’s a hand-written message for you on a chalkboard, a dozen cookies with your name on them or a bottle of champagne for the special occasion you’re celebrating.

2. Unique amenities and perks

Boutique hotels pride themselves in being one-of-a-kind, and that includes the amenities and perks they provide. Examples include complimentary WiFi, pet-friendly policies, grocery delivery, unique fitness offerings, bike rentals, guest events, in-room massages and more. Many boutique hotels also offer loyalty programs, providing even more exceptional perks to reward frequent guests.

3. Unparalleled design

Another thing boutique hotels pride themselves in is their design. Many base it on a single theme or concept, like Q&A Hotel’s use of elements evoking famous inventors and their ideas. The design ranges from kitschy and quirky to mainstream, but it’s almost always highly distinctive. It also makes for some gorgeous social media content, explaining why Instagram “influencers” love boutique hotels.

4. Less crowding

There’s no official range, but boutique hotels typically have 10-100 rooms on a small handful of floors. For perspective, chain hotels in cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have upwards of 2,000 rooms. Hotels on the Las Vegas Strip can have over 7,000.

Fewer rooms mean fewer people staying in the hotel at a time. That means no more elevator lines and less fighting for space at the pool, fitness center or hotel bar. It also means more opportunities to get to know your fellow guests and participate in intimate gatherings.

Q&A Hotel: The boutique hotel of your asking in Lower Manhattan

Q&A Residential Hotel is the epitome of the aforementioned qualities separating boutique hotels from the rest. Spread out in our spacious rooms, cook a meal in your full in-suite kitchen, purchase groceries from organic market City Acres or sweat it out in the fitness center’s stream room. Book direct with us today.