Boutique hotel

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For hotels known as "boutique hotels" in Japan, see Love hotel.
110-room Madison Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

Boutique hotel is a term used in North America and the United Kingdom to describe small hotels in unique settings with upscale accommodations.

History[edit]

Boutique hotels began appearing in the 1980s in major cities like London, New York, and San Francisco.[1] The term was coined by Steve Rubell in 1984 when he compared the Morgans Hotel, the first hotel he and Ian Schrager owned, to a boutique.[2]

Description[edit]

Many boutique hotels are furnished in a themed, stylish and/or aspirational manner.[3] The popularity of the boutique concept has prompted some multi-national hotel companies to try and capture a market share.[3] In the United States, New York City remains an important centre for boutique hotels clustered about Manhattan.[4] Some members of the hospitality industry are following the general "no-frill chic" consumer trend, with affordable or budget boutique hotels being created all around the world. [5] Boutique hotels are found in London, New York City, Miami, and Los Angeles. They are also found in resort destinations with exotic amenities such as electronics, spas, yoga and/or painting classes.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What Are Boutique Hotels - Written By: Karen Tina Harrison - About.com". Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  2. ^ Rosner, Cheryl. "What is a boutique hotel?". http://blog.stayful.com/. Stayful. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "The Boutique Hotel: Fad or Phenomenon" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  4. ^ Levenson, Eugenia (2007-11-12). "Road Warrior: Michelin Guide's Jean-Luc Naret". CNN. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  5. ^ "No-frills chic hits the hospitality industry". Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  6. ^ "The Definition of Boutique Hotels - Written By: Lucienne Anhar - HVS International". Retrieved 2014-04-03.