Traveling has always been one of the most important parts of our lives and taking this into account, the hotel industry has changed the whole concept of hotels very quickly in recent years. Now hotels are no longer a place where you go because you do not have immediate accommodation in that city, but these hotels have become more than just a place to stay. These hotels now offer many other integrated services and luxuries such as restaurants, swimming pools, gyms, spas and many others.
In the last decade, the rise of boutique hotels has made a great impression on the hotel industry and is still making it. These boutique hotels are now operating in all major or small cities, be it New York, London, San Francisco and anywhere in the world. This concept of boutique hotels basically existed since the 1980s. Initially, these boutique hotels were also known as "design" or "lifestyle" hotels. The Morgan hotel in New York was the first to get this "boutique hotel" label. Today, everyone is trying to call their hotel a boutique hotel, but in general, a boutique hotel is relatively smaller and is built for the purpose of serving their personal clients instead of others. The definition of a boutique hotel according to most travel agents and tours and websites of this type is that it is a hotel that has no more than 50 rooms and the objective of this hotel is to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The explosion in the number of boutique hotels has brought confusion as more and more internal hotel owners are opening their own chain of boutique hotels. The most famous are Starwood hotels and resorts.
After the great popularity of the Morgan hotel in New York, many boutique hotels have emerged worldwide, especially in cities that are critical points in terms of tourism or the surrounding area. Take London as an example. Until a while ago, it was very difficult to find a boutique hotel there, but now boutique hotels are seen on every second street and, what's more, larger hotels are also becoming a boutique hotel. These large boutique hotels are gaining more popularity there since rents are high and small boutique hotels are often not viable. In the last five years, many boutique hotels have gained great popularity in London and some of them are guest houses in Notting Hill, Baglioni Hotel and Soho Hotel in Soho.
In our second example, Paris, each type of boutique hotel can promise you great success. This is probably the reason why there is a great variety and quantity of boutique hotels to choose from. One of the oldest boutique hotels in Paris is called Montalembert and is located on the left bank. The hotels that have recently been incorporated as a boutique hotel are Hotel De Sers, located on Avenue Pierre and Hotel Sezz, very close to the Eiffel Tower.
The interesting fact about boutique hotels is that boutique hotels in North America are a little bigger than boutique hotels around the world and this is due to the fact that rents are higher there. But still, boutique hotels are very famous in the United States.
It is estimated that as the tourism sector grows, the hotel industry, especially the boutique hotel industry, will also grow, and the fact that large hoteliers have begun their expression of interest in boutique hotels, will help this industry to flourish in the next years.