I love a Boutique Hotel and they are fast becoming the favorite among both millennials and baby boomers because who really wants to be herded in and out like cattle. Once hotels and resorts reach a certain size they often lose their intimacy, their hands-on service touch, and the magical feeling that they know and care about each and every guest.
Big resorts often have massive amounts of people and once you have been to one large resort quite frankly you have seen them all. Boutique hotels no matter the country will give you a genuine local flavor and sensation of a true home away from home. But on the other hand, small properties often under deliver, lacking the amenities of a full-service hotel that many travelers want, such as multiple restaurant options, a lavish spa, and sporting facilities.
Boutique hotels no matter the country will give you a genuine local flavor and sensation of a true home away from home. But on the other hand, if you are accustomed to larger resorts the smaller properties often under deliver, lacking the amenities of a full-service hotel that many travelers want, such as multiple restaurant options, a lavish spa, and sporting facilities. Who needs 10 restaurants anyway and by the time you get to the restaurant you will need a shower and to refreshen your deodorant because it has taken you 2o min to walk to the restaurant.
What’s so different about a Boutique Hotel
The #1 defining aspect of a boutique hotel is its size. A Boutique Hotel is small but has BIG personality. How many times have you checked in at the front desk and the person didn’t even look up to greet you, didn’t know your name, didn’t care what your name was or why you were there?
What about after getting a good night rest and you are looking forward to breakfast so you make your way down to the restaurant and the food looks like a troth that pigs eat of who haven’t eaten in months. Most boutique hotels are farm to table and the food is prepared fresh every day.
My favorite boutique hotel is www.florblanca.com which is located in Costa Rica on the Nicoya Peninsula. Florblanca is the ultimate boutique hotel experience and I have stayed in quite a few boutique hotels in my travels. Florblanca has 11 private villas, a secluded beach, yoga and the attention to detail are just a few of the reason why Florblanca is my favorite boutique resort.
Unique and Chic
Whether you are staying in Alabama or Belize you will find a boutique hotel and you will not feel like you just stayed at the same hotel with the same mediocre service. This is what sets them apart from chains. The boutique hotel’s focus is more intimate and customer focused. The staff knows your name and tailors your stay to your individual needs.
If you are looking to have an experience and immerse yourself in the culture just ask the staff who is always ready and eager to share entertainment or dining ideas. If you want to experience the local flavor, festivals or other local community events check with the hotel ahead of time to see if there are any events you’d like to plan your vacation around.
Attention to Detail
While in Belize I stayed at Ka’ana Resort and to my surprise the Palencia Lobster Festival was in full swing and the hotel arranged for us to have a car with a driver for the day and he drove us to the other side of the Island and we enjoyed lobster prepared every way imaginable. What chain will arrange for you to have a car and drive you to a lobster festival?
Boutique Hotels are not generic, blah, or bland. Most boutique hotels strive to be one-of-a-kind and have an independent attitude. The decor in boutique hotels is often modern and cutting edge. Their style runs toward the sleek with stark palettes and bold color splashes.
Here are my top 5 Boutique Hotels