According to travel writer Jaillan Yehia, a ‘boutique hotel’ is a hotel that’s quirky, intimate and luxurious. Most are decorated in a very specific style and all focus on providing guests with a truly personal service and experience. This makes them quite rare – the vast majority of hotels are chain owned and prioritise efficiency over customer care. However, over the last few years the boutique hotel industry has really started to take off and many more tourists are now looking to stay somewhere that’s just a little bit extraordinary.
Do you fancy staying in a boutique hotel on your trip this summer but don’t know where to start looking for the best deals? Have you always wished you could have better service but don’t know how to get it? Well, here’s a guide to five of the world’s best boutique hotels. Pick the one that catches your eyes and prepare to be pampered.
Church Street Townhouse, Stratford
It makes sense to start right here in Britain. The UK has a surprising number of awesome boutique hotels and many of them utilise the unique history of their local area. The Church Street Townhouse in Stratford is styled to look exactly like a historic Tudor house. Its deep red furnishings and sumptuous wooden fixtures give this townhouse a truly old world feel. It helps that the building itself is a 400 year old Grade II listed building, of course. Most rooms come with their own en-suite bathroom, complete with claw foot tub and luxury drench shower. Hypo-allergenic bedding is available on request – the hotel prides itself on putting customers first. The Church Street Townhouse was recently featured in The Times ‘Cool Hotel Guide.’ Tom Chessyre called it’s rooms ‘elegant, luxurious and racy.’
The Ostraco is a design hotel on the small island of Mykonos. Its website describes a stay at the hotel as an ‘experience beyond imagination,’ and it is true that this hotel is all about luxury. It’s decorated in a very clean, fresh style – there’s lots of white, yellow and tan colours. All of the furniture is made from light wood and the fixtures and fittings are equally elegant. Ostraco offers breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, as well as organic food, massage therapists and private yacht cruises. If you’re looking for a hotel that’ll make you feel like royalty during your stay in Greece – the Ostraco is surely it.
Acme Hotel, Chicago
Now for a hotel that’s a little further out. The Acme Hotel in Chicago is extremely hip and very very stylish. It doesn’t mess around with old world themes or contemporary design though – it simply goes for all out hipster chic. This hotel is best suited to younger guests who are looking for a truly all American stay in the US. The decor is kitschy, loud and utterly fabulous. Several of the rooms have lip motifs on the walls and huge handprint canvases above the beds. Others have disco lights and separate ‘chill out room’ with views of the city. The Acme Hotel is anything but understated. It does have customer satisfaction at its heart though.
Villa San Michele, Fiesole Italy
This hotel was a former monastery so you can guarantee it’s going to be beautiful. The hotel’s suites are absolutely massive, offering luxury on a scale usually reserved for visiting royalty, says specialist travel website KarenBrown.com. Honestly – you’ll feel like you’ve been mistaken for somebody famous if you choose to stay here. Each room is a design masterpiece, with gilt edged furnishings and couture fittings and fixtures. There’s a lot of gold and a lot of deep, plush reds here. Each suite is named after a famous Italian artist every one has its own king size bed and private sitting area. Some even have their own plunge pool. What more could you want from a stay in Italy?
Royce Hotel, Melbourne
The five star Royce Hotel in Melbourne is a revelation. Its rooms and suites are of a contemporary design – they feature lots of classy earth tones and simple, modernist furniture. The staff at the Royce Hotel are there to provide you with anything and everything you might need, be that a newspaper, a massage, a taxi ride, organic food, dry cleaning services or in house movies. It doesn’t matter what it is – the staff at the Royce Hotel will do their best to get it for you. That’s what boutique service is all about.