Hotels have a wide variety of services depending on the category of the hotel, for example, at the five- and four-star level, they most often have the following services, in addition to rooms and meals:
- Telephone, fax, etc.
- Food and beverage service in rooms.
- Mini-bar in rooms.
- Laundry service.
- Disco/ club.
- Hair salon.
- Sauna, etc.
For tourists, giving up the standard hotel pattern can mean seeking out more novel features, such as the history of the building itself, personal and unique character, as well as the best amenities and services.
With the purpose of attracting new guests and making them live a different experience, hotels have opted to turn old buildings with the city’s architectural heritage into charming hotels.
What is a boutique hotel?
The architecture along with the interior design is one of the main attractions that lead clients to choose this type of accommodation. The hearts of the cities are full of architectural jewels and unique buildings that are admired by thousands of people who visit them every year. Walking through different streets is like entering an endless showcase of small and large details that give a special personality to these streets and buildings.
The uniqueness and character of boutique hotels are often a great source of inspiration and provoke widespread interest by virtue of their location in a historic building, their contemporary design or perhaps even their location in an eccentric and ornate home. with flea market objects.
Hotels give a second life to buildings that already had, in the past, an important life. This has always existed, but now it has become very common in the market.
Recovery of charming buildings
This year, The Silo will open in Cape Town, which is built in a former silo. The Line, in Washington DC, is in a church in the Adams Morgan area, and the 21C Museum Hotel Nashville is in a warehouse that is part of the National Register of Historic Places in the United States. Who wouldn’t like to sleep in a space like this, with that architectural and cultural weight? This recovery of historical places becomes an interesting protagonist.
In parallel, hotels are responsible for something: attracting energy to previously forgotten neighborhoods. We are not talking about weakened places, but about places where hotel life was scarce. There are hotels that are installed in unlikely places, confirming that the future belongs to the brave and for those who risk innovation.
In New York, already bored with SoHo and the two Uppers, hotel life emerges in neighborhoods such as Hell’s Kitchen (Hotel Ink48), on the Brooklyn Bridge, in the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel or in the Seaport, a residence complex that is almost a resort.
Birth of the term “boutique hotel”
The term boutique hotel originates from Europe in the 1980s. It is used to define those hotels with intimate and unconventional environments, generally with a luxury denotation. They tend to be small hotels, with few rooms, with their own personality and identity, and in many cases located in old buildings as we have mentioned before (castles, mansions, or historic centers). Unlike large hotel chains, they offer personalized services and attention, great privacy and are equipped with extraordinary facilities. They are usually set in a specific style or theme.
It is understood that the main reasons why more conversions are taking place are that on the one hand, there is not so much available supply of hotels for sale in the market; and, on the other hand, the one that exists has not yet adjusted its price to what investors are willing to pay, so the conversions are mainly due to the fact that the conversion of an existing building is more in line with the budget and that, in addition, allows the project to adapt from the beginning to the standards of the chains that are contemplating operating said hotels.