The Advantages of a Boutique Hotel
PHOTO: Boutique hotels can be just as big and exciting as the resorts. (photo courtesy of The Palm at Playa)
When looking for a place to rest your weary traveler head, you can choose to stay at a number of hotels with different styles, including independent, chains and resorts.
Next time, consider a boutique hotel like The Palm at Playa, which offers its own set of advantages.
Typically, boutique hotels are smaller than most hotels, offering anywhere between 10 and 100 rooms, which helps the staff to offer a more personalized service. For example, The Palm at Playa, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, has 69 stylish lofts and suites.
You will experience a more one-on-one relationship with the staff and concierge. They will know you by name and you will feel pampered and well taken care of.
A smaller property also means less traveler congestion. That translates into a more relaxing vacation where it’s closer to a home-away-from-home experience. No more bumping elbows at the breakfast buffet or finding room to sit in the lobby. There’s ample space for everyone. Even more importantly, many boutique hotels offer homemade breakfasts with options beyond the standard bagels and muffins.
When it comes to boutique hotels, it’s all about location, location, location, because these properties can even be located off the beaten path, close to or within local communities. This provides even more of that local feel.
Boutique hotel rooms are also chock full of personality with their beautifully distinct buildings and architecture. Some offer rooms that are trendy and hip while others are old-fashioned romantic. Some have themes for each room, which makes your stay unique each and every time you check in.
However, boutique hotels can also offer hotel-style amenities, with many of them offered as free. The Palm at Playa has a beach club, pool, jacuzzi, and a fitness program just like the big boys of the hotel industry. Others have laundry and dry cleaning access, rental car accommodations, spa treatments and room service. With boutique hotels, it’s all about bringing that upscale feel to a more intimate property.
And don’t forget Fido and Fluffy. Many boutique hotels provide pet-friendly accommodations, which means you have one less thing to worry about while you travel. You do not have to board your favorite companions. Instead, they will enjoy the trip with you.
Of course, acting like the big boy hotel chains doesn’t mean that boutique hotels cost as much as the hotel chains. On the other hand, many boutique hotels are often 10 to 20 percent less expensive than other hotels, which means you get more value for your dollars. This is perfect for the budget traveler who wants a high-class experience on a lower scale budget.
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