People say, “Good things come in small packages”. But this is not just a cliché in the boutique hotel world anymore. While many so-called “boutique hotels” are just small, the best manage to combine a more personal scale with all the amenities and services of a full-sized luxury resort, and these are the true “boutiques.” Gaining worldwide popularity, many global chains are hence getting into the game, creating their own boutique brands. Now that such lodgings are ubiquitous, competition for a place at the top is stiff. Small, comfortable and often eccentric in the best of ways, boutique hotels range from homey inns to historic hideaways. They can make your travel experiences truly picturesque! Watch out for 6 of the best boutique hotels all over the world, that will keep you awestruck!
Washington School House Hotel, USA, Park City, UT
Its first ski resort opened in 1963. Park City was a thriving mining town filled with residents in need of banks, hospitals, and schools. Remnants of the local mining industry heyday still remain, including this former schoolhouse. Built in 1889, this limestone building is now home to just twelve guest rooms. From its polished wood floors and elegant velvet furnishings to its private art collection and antiques from around the world, it is a paradise of vintage chic. A hearty old school market breakfast is served in one of the old classrooms, and luxe amenities include a ski valet and in-room massage. As for the warm hospitality, it’s sure to make you feel like the teacher’s pet.
The Augustine, Czech Republic, Prague
One refurbished thirteenth-century monastery with hip style and there you open the doors onto one of Prague’s most enchanting neighborhoods, and you have the recipe for a perfect boutique hotel escape in the Czech capital. Sharing its opulent space with a working monastery, this divine property features Euro-chic guest rooms with city views, a house spa and a complex of buildings that include a brewery that once housed the friars of Saint Augustine! It looks extravagantly classic!
Hotel Franklin Roosevelt, France, Paris
If you want to experience Paris like a local, the Hotel Franklin Roosevelt is an ideal choice. This discreet family-run lodging is well-situated in the Golden Triangle between the Champs-Élysées and the avenues Montaigne and George V. Six stories tall and all clad in stone, the nineteenth-century building blends into its historic surroundings, and its 48 guest rooms and suites are fully soundproofed. The hotel also houses a glass-roofed lounge where breakfast is served each morning and a wood-paneled bar for relaxation at the end of the day.
Relais Santa Croce, Italy, Florence
An eighteenth-century palazzo converted into a luxurious boutique hotel, this extraordinary ornate property sits within walking distance to some of Florence’s most treasured historic sites. Lavish public spaces showcase original architectural details such as elaborate frescoes, and the 24 elegant guest rooms and suites feature views that overlook picturesque rooftops and the Santa Croce Basilica.
The Soho Hotel, UK, London
This quirky little property combines sleek lines, residential glamour and playful colors and patterns to create a unique collection of 91 guest rooms, suites and apartments. The location is ideal, on a quiet side street in the heart of London’s trendy entertainment district.
Iconic Santorini, Greece
Cave Suite, Iconic Santorini, is a spectacular boutique hotel on Santorini Island in Greece, overlooking the Aegean Sea. The interior design aims to create a sense of comfort and relaxation as well as a subtle feeling of luxury giving out hints of the recognizable elegant style of the rest hotel’s suite. White is chosen as the single and dominant color, allowing the greatest possible diffusion of physical light, while bringing out the distinctive traditional morphology and shapes of the cave house shell.
These iconic boutique hotels are not just a treat to the eyes, but indeed a choice worth the comfort and the money!