What is a Boutique Hotel?

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What determines a boutique hotel in Sydney?

Sydney is a thriving tourist destination with plentiful accommodations. Visitors to this bustling Australian city can choose from serviced apartments, hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, or boutique hotels. If you are intrigued by the idea of staying in a Sydney boutique hotel but aren’t exactly sure what one is, you are in for a pleasant surprise.

First appearing in New York in the 1980s, Ian Schrager, founder of Studio 54, is often credited with the concept of boutique hotels. Schrager defined his idea as “a hotel with a point of view.” Generally small and rarely affiliated with a chain, boutique hotels often spring up in existing properties that are already loaded with character.

In urban areas, boutique hotels are frequently found tucked away in areas a larger hotel would never fit, close to public transportation, attractions, and activities. Sydney boutique hotels can be found in King’s Cross, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, and Newtown locations.

Many boutique hotels have themes. These can be historic themes or artistic themes, trendy or beachy, laid back or tropical. This theme may be repeated throughout the architecture, decor or landscaping to create a certain ambiance, which adds to the overall experience.

One of the most defining characteristics of a boutique hotel is the service. Boutique hotels offer highly personalized service that focuses on each guest’s personal preferences and needs and can provide services or suggest activities to suit. Boutique hotels may also have luxurious amenities, such as fireplaces, indulgent products, and, in many cases, on-site dining, lounge, and spa facilities.

Boutique hotels are ideal locations for romantic getaways, holidays, or business trips. Prices tend to be geared towards middle to upper income travellers, although some boutique hotels are priced very affordably.

When choosing a boutique hotel for your stay in Sydney, you may need to compare amenities offered such as the extras furnished properties provide, prices, and reviews on travel sites rather than base your choice on the traditional star rating. Because boutique hotels are so small, they rarely qualify for the star rating system.

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