Designing a boutique hotel

What makes a luxury boutique hotel unique from other hotels? Mostly it’s down to style and attention to detail. Style tells the story of a hotel, helping to make it one of a kind. So, how is this achieved? Here are some tips for designing a boutique hotel:

1.Start at check-in

The experience needs to begin as soon as guests set first inside the hotel. Feeling welcome is hugely important and a well-thought out reception is key to this. First and last impressions are made here, so it’s vital to get the reception experience correct. A well-lit and well-designed desk, as well as a seating area if space allows it are both important. A seating area offers guests a place to socialise and meet with friends. Consider designer furniture that offers luxury, comfort and modern design like the Florence Knoll Sofa from a site like 

2.Lifts and hallways

As the main route in and out of the hotel from the guest rooms, this area needs particular attention as well. This is where guests will normally spend the time more closely inspecting the décor and surroundings. It should be spacious, with useful signage but with additional touches like luxury flooring, wall art and attractive lighting. This is a showcase zone so it’s a good idea to hang special and unique wall art, vintage furniture or eye-catching decoration.

3.Guest bedrooms

The difference between a normal and a boutique hotel is often found in the guest bedroom experience. In a boutique hotel, the room is more than a place simply to rest your head. The rooms are personalized, provide space for multiple functions and include extra touches for the guest’s comfort. A comfy bed and blackout curtains are essential, as if a guest has a bad night’s sleep, they won’t be returning. There should be space and supplies for dining, sleeping and working. 


Guests of a luxury boutique hotel will expect no less than a miniature spa experience when it comes to the bathroom facilities. Bathrooms might include robes, slippers, freestanding bath tubs, rain forest shower or Jacuzzi for example. Luxury toiletries are likely to be supplied and the room should be bright, spacious with fluffy white towels and a strong emphasis on comfort and relaxation.

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5.Check out

Guests must be sent on their way with minimum hassle and feeling well-rested, spoiled and thoroughly valued. Remember that a safe and easy luggage storage area is often greatly appreciated for those guests who wish to explore the surrounding area before fully departing. 

6.It’s all in the detail

It doesn’t matter whether the hotel is on a beach front, in an inner city or set in rural countryside, the distinguishing factors will be the attention to detail, the quality of the craftsmanship and the unrivaled guest experience, service and accommodation. These are the things that set a boutique hotel apart from the rest of the run-of-the-mill branded establishments. 

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