What is it about a hotel experience that elevates it to a “Great” level? Even in Calgary, Boutique Hotels are becoming pretty commonplace. Though there are still legions of name-brand hotels, the Deltas, Marriotts, and Westins of the world are now sharing space with hundreds upon hundreds of tiny independent hotels, each one offering something a little different. This makes travelling a lot more fun, as now picking out a place to stay can provide the average traveller with unique experiences. However, not all of those unique experiences are necessarily good.
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I think this a familiar enough concept that everyone’s pretty much on top of it by now. But, just in case…
Boutique Hotels are just like regular hotels, with a few key differences. Much like boutique shops, they tend to be smaller ( < 50 rooms), and independently owned and operated. Probably the biggest defining trait is that Boutique Hotels focus on filling in some sort of lifestyle niche. This is why they are sometimes referred to as Apartment Hotels, Design Hotels, or even just as Lifestyle Hotels.
They also tend to pride themselves on being able to deliver a higher level of customer service due to their smaller and more focused nature.
While I intend to go through this in more detail in the next few weeks, I’m going to start with Style.
Style isn’t just about appearances, though. Well, okay at least not with Boutique Hotels. A room not only has to look good, it has to feel good. Comfortable chairs and beds, functional work spaces and kitchen areas. The aesthetic has to be comfortable and functional, as well as stylish.
A Great Boutique Hotel is one that looks and feels great. All other factors being equal, if two hotels are the same price but one of them looks fantastic and the other is so-so, one of them is a great Boutique Hotel and the other is not.
Jonathan Meier is the Online Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for Nuvo Hotel Suites, a small boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta (to learn more about the Nuvo peruse the rest of the site, or check out our Facebook Page). When he’s not at his desk, he’s usually out in the mountains near his hometown of Canmore where he can be seen climbing, skiing, or doing anything at all that doesn’t involve computers.