Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the entire world with millions of tourists traveling to various parts of the globe every month whether for personal reasons or business reasons, with the numbers rising almost every day.
Of course the biggest beneficiaries of the tourism industry are the hotels which accommodate these millions of tourists and hence more and more hotels come up every day – from luxury, super luxury to budget hotels and guest houses. But the latest buzz word seems to be that of a Boutique Hotel. A lot of the tourists now prefer to stay in something called as a Boutique Hotel.
So what is a Boutique hotel and why is it becoming so popular with the tourists no matter which part of the globe you are visiting?
The concept of a Boutique hotel originated from North America to suggest an intimate and luxurious hotel environment. The feature that differentiates Boutique hotels from other mainstream hotels is the personalized service – personalized accommodation and facilities provided to each guest. All Boutique hotels are generally created over a theme which runs through all the rooms and service centers of the hotel. Also generally boutique hotels are considered much more stylish than their competitors as most of them usually hire the services of a specialist interior designer to develop and execute a unique theme for the hotel.
All rooms, restaurants, lounges etc in the hotel are carefully planned and constructed according to the vision of the designer.
A typical room in a boutique hotel apart from having a good balance between style and luxury will have at least a queen size bed, telephone connection, wi-fi internet connectivity which is generally free to use for the guests of the hotel, cable television, a mini bar and round the clock room service. Most boutique hotels will also have an excellent restaurant serving variety of cuisines and also having a lounge or a bar in its premises where the guests can take a break and relax and also mingle with other guests. Generally the lounge or bar is open to the general public as well.
A boutique hotel is generally smaller than a mainstream luxury hotel with the bigger boutique hotels having a maximum of approximately one hundred rooms while the smaller ones could have as less as just five rooms.
Generally most of the visitors to a boutique hotel are business travelers which ensure repeat business for the hotel. But the recent trends have shown a large number of general tourists preferring to stay at these boutique hotels because of the great combination of luxury, privacy as well as personalized service which these hotels offer to their guests which sets them apart from other hotels whether luxury or a budget hotel.
The staff at these hotels is very friendly and courteous and has been trained to cater to all requests by their guests. Although the number of people working could be less compared to a large luxury group of hotels but even then most guests report a higher sense of personal service which is one of the main reason why a boutique hotel has started to become so popular with all kinds of guests whether they are there for a vacation or for business purposes.