Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotels

How to Find the Best Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels offer unique and quirky holidays

Boutique hotels are ideal for those who want expert information and advice on their holiday travels. These hotels are smaller and offer a high level of personalized service with a great deal of knowledge about the region. Expedia offers a wide range of boutique hotels all over the world to offer the most personalized and intimate service possible.

You can find boutique hotels to suit any personalized travel need, whether it's an intimate setting or a highly knowledgeable staff who can tell you all the places to see (and which ones to avoid) on your travels. You'll find specialty hotels to suit travel on a budget as well as customer-rated high-end boutiques with all the luxury trappings.

You can find specialty hotels with a range of amenities to offer you comfort, luxury and confidence on your trip. Try Montreal boutique hotels to learn all there is to know about local attractions in this region.

You'll even find boutique hotels rated at 4 stars and 5 stars for the ultimate in luxury. Relax in one of the many boutique hotels in Niagara Falls to highlight attractions for your family holiday. Many offer other amenities like hotels with free breakfast.

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Highest rated Boutique Hotels around the World

The Whitehall Hotel
4 out of 5
105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $96 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Located in Near North Side, this romantic hotel is steps from Water Tower Place, Michigan Avenue, and State Street. John Hancock Center and Lake Michigan are also within 10 minutes. Chicago Station (Red Line) is 6 minutes by foot and Clark-Division Station is 11 minutes.
3.9/5 Very Good! (3,396 reviews)
"I love the location and the proximity to great restaurants in walking distance. I use buses and it is great for catching those or getting a cab. The price is excellent for its location. Our room was lovely. The minor problem we needed housekeeping for was attended to promptly."

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2022

The Whitehall Hotel
Sonder | Vasanta
3.5 out of 5
Carrer de Casp, 31, Barcelona
The price is CA $98 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Eixample, this boutique guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Passeig de Gracia, Placa de Catalunya, and La Rambla. Casa Batllo and Palau de la Musica Catalana are also within 10 minutes. Urquinaona Station is only a 3-minute walk and Passeig de Gracia Station is 7 minutes.
4.6/5 Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Chic, quirky & unique! Fell in love with it at first sight & was completely enamoured once I arrived! It has all you could expect & want from a Boutique Hotel in the heart of this beautiful city! Gabriel was an excellent host/guide & I look forward to returning to this magical place!"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

Sonder | Vasanta
Naumi Hotel (SG Clean)
4.5 out of 5
41 Seah Street, Singapore
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $237 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16
Located in Downtown Core, this luxury hotel is steps from Mint Museum of Toys and Bras Basah Complex. National Library of Singapore and Suntec Convention & Exhibition Center are also within 10 minutes. Esplanade Station is only a 3-minute walk and City Hall Station is 7 minutes.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (788 reviews)
"The only downside is that the building does not have any parking, and the parking next door is very expensive. Apart from that, hotel is cozy and staff is very pleasant."

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2021

Naumi Hotel (SG Clean)
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The Sofia Hotel
3.5 out of 5
150 W Broadway, San Diego, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $168 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Downtown San Diego, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of USS Midway Museum and San Diego Convention Center. Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 km). Civic Center Station is only a 4-minute walk and America Plaza Trolley Station is 6 minutes.
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,939 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay here!"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2022

The Sofia Hotel
Hotel Rialto
3.5 out of 5
653 Pandora Ave., Victoria, BC
Fully refundable
The price is CA $132 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
This family-friendly Victoria hotel is located near the airport, just steps from Lower Johnson Street and Government Street. Victoria Harbour and Royal BC Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
4.5/5 Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"Fabulous stay! Clean, safe and friendly staff!"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2022

Hotel Rialto
Sonder | DO Plaça Reial
5 out of 5
Plaça Reial 1, Barcelona
The price is CA $232 per night from Feb 16 to Feb 17
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is steps from Palau Guell and La Rambla. Boqueria Market and Barcelona Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Liceu Station and Drassanes Station are within a 5-minute walk.
4.8/5 Exceptional! (806 reviews)
"We really appreciated the friendly greeting we received from the staff upon our arrival. She immediately made us feel welcome and she was very informative. The room was spacious and very comfortable. The bedding and towels were superior and the bed was comfortable. The amenities were lovely, although ..."

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2021

Sonder | DO Plaça Reial
Hotel Max
3.5 out of 5
620 Stewart, Seattle, WA
Fully refundable
The price is CA $111 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in Belltown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seattle Central Business District, Pike Place Market, and Seattle Waterfront. Washington State Convention Center and Seattle Paramount Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Westlake Ave Hub Station is only a 2-minute walk and Westlake 7th St Station is 3 minutes.
4.2/5 Excellent! (970 reviews)
"Very cool, art focused hotel space. Cool exhibitions all through the hotel. Room was nice, and a welcome beer is always lovely."

Reviewed on Jan. 15, 2022

Hotel Max
International House Hotel
4 out of 5
221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $124 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in New Orleans Central Business District, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Harrah's New Orleans Casino, and Bourbon Street. Royal Street and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are also within 10 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 18 minutes by foot.
4.4/5 Wonderful! (969 reviews)
"Nice property. Renovations were going on at the time but I see the potential that it will bring to the hotel and it will be able to compete with the higher end very soon..."

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2022

International House Hotel
Hotel Felix River North/Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
111 W Huron St, Chicago, IL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $115 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Located in River North, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Holy Name Cathedral, Driehaus Museum, and American Medical Association Headquarters. Tribune Tower and John Hancock Center are also within 15 minutes. Chicago Station (Red Line) is 6 minutes by foot and Chicago Station (Brown Line) is 6 minutes.
3.9/5 Very Good! (998 reviews)
"The room was really small. And there were no microwaves . The phones didn’t work. However the room was clean and the radio had Bluetooth capabilities. It was decent overall."

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2022

Hotel Felix River North/Magnificent Mile
The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
4 out of 5
33 Erskine Road, Singapore
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $161 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Outram, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Club Street and Raffles Place. Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Marina Bay Sands Casino are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tanjong Pagar Station is 7 minutes by foot and Chinatown Station is 8 minutes.
4.2/5 Excellent! (992 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff. Nazir and Nigel at the front desk did a wonderful job making guests feel welcome and at home."

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2021

The Scarlet Hotel (SG Clean)
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What is the definition of a boutique hotel?

Boutique hotels pride themselves on being unique. They are typically small properties that are independently run or part of a small chain, with a strong personality and attention to detail, creating a more immersive and memorable experience for guests than the average hotel.

Size: Boutique hotels usually have less than 100 rooms. Sometimes as few as 10. Due to the small size, guests tend to get more attentive service and flexibility with special requests.

Guestrooms: Often fitted with luxury bedding, upscale bathrooms, premium toiletries and added unique touches. It's common to find each room in a boutique hotel looks different.

Ambience: You'll find distinctive decor and luxury artwork in every space from the lobby, to restaurants to guestrooms, often influenced by the local community or made by local artisans. There's likely to be several welcoming communal spaces.

Food: Some boutique hotels have a gourmet restaurant or cafe. In-room amenities may include a good coffee machine and interesting minibar selection.

Local community: Many boutique hotels support local businesses and involve the local community. Some boutique hotels are heritage hotels that preserve a cultural significance.

What is the difference between a boutique hotel and a regular hotel?

The main differences come from size, design and individuality.

Additionally, boutique hotels tend to incorporate Intricate designs, standout art pieces, involvement with the local community, and more inviting communal spaces free of crowds. All of these together with more flexible and attentive service, creates a more memorable experience for guests than a regular hotel affords.

Size and Identity: Boutique hotels are smaller, often with less than a hundred guestrooms. Most are independently owned, which gives them the freedom to express a strong unique character -- often chic and luxurious, sometimes quirky or historic. The unique decor and attention to upscale details features centrally in boutique hotels, whereas regular hotels might be more focused on function to cater to more guests.

Design and Individuality: Every space in a boutique hotel is often designed to be not only beautiful, but interesting and engaging for guests. No generic hotel art in sight. Where large chain hotels tend to have similar decor across their properties, boutique hotels are more likely to go for one-of-a-kind effect. They may even incorporate local influences or craftsmanship. It's also common for each guestroom to look completely different than the next.

Experience: The smaller size and independence of a boutique hotel allows staff to offer a more personal experience to guests compared to most other hotels. Larger hotels have to cater widely to many guests spread across a bigger property; hotel chains need to be consistent, sensible and similar across all properties in the brand; other small hotels aren't necessarily concerned with all the frills and luxury facilities. In contrast, at boutique hotels are able to focus on a small number of guests and offer fresh 4-star and 5-star amenities.

Is a boutique hotel the same as a luxury hotel?

No. Some boutique hotels are classed as luxury hotels, while others are not.

A boutique hotel must be small, whereas luxury hotels can be of any size. They are usually much larger, with hundreds of rooms. Boutique hotels are often independently-run or part of small boutique chain. Majority of luxury hotels are part of large international hotel chains. There are many luxury hotels that are not boutiques.

Not all boutique hotels are luxury hotels, but many are. A luxury boutique hotel will likely be fitted with luxury amenities like premium bedding, artisan toiletries and in-room conveniences, upscale decor and expensive furniture. It may also have a gourmet restaurant on-site.

Are boutique hotels expensive?

Not necessarily. The price of boutique hotels varies. Some boutique hotels are expensive to stay in, but others are not.

Most boutique hotels are independent and have upscale amenities. They are also committed to high-quality, attentive guest services. Together, this creates a luxury experience. Therefore it's not uncommon to find boutique hotels classed as luxury hotels with higher rates.

However, there are often affordable boutique hotels too. Especially when they are located outside the tourist hotspots and away from the hotel chains, you might find beautiful boutique hotels that are cheaper. Hotel chains also mean a consistent level of service and guests pay for that brand experience. Boutique hotels are independent and may in fact be cheaper. So it really depends on the hotel and the destination.