To those in the hotel industry and those who serve them the term boutique hotel has been growing in popularity since the 1980s when they began cropping up in major cities in the United States and the United Kingdom. While the term my not be familiar to everyone the allure of boutique hotels has become well known. These establishments offer welcoming environments intended to provide a uniquely intimate and comfortable experience to their guests.
What is it that makes a boutique hotel?
Many offer suits that are equipped with any or all of the following:
- Wi-Fi Internet
- Cable/pay TV
- Honesty bar
However, some boutique hotels opt for a focus on quiet comfort without all the technology amenities. Guest services may have twenty-four hour staff to attend to late night or unexpected needs. These specialty hotels may also offer on-site dining facilities, bars, and lounges that are not simply exclusive to guests, but also open to the general public.
The American Trend
While boutique hotels can be found in major cities around the world, for those in the US there is a benefit to utilizing products manufactured in the US to furnish and decorate. Hotels scattered throughout the country offer specialized services, some focusing on a theme or even catering to niche trends. Tourists may visit from oversees, but it is just as likely that patrons can be attracted from within.
Room accommodations may provide an exotic look without going to the ends of the earth to obtain the right fabric and pattern combinations to set it off. For boutique hotels operating in the US there is a benefit to utilizing products made domestically. Delivery costs are generally less, and arrive more quickly than if shipped from outside the US. This can translate into a smoother transition for redesigns or room updates.
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