Boutique hotels could be a term that many of you are familiar with. These are popular in North America and Europe. The trend of boutique hotels began appearing on the spot light in the 1980’s in cities like London, New York and San Francisco. These hotels are described as intimate, luxurious with ‘quirky‘ hotel environments, which are unlikely to be found among larger hotel chains. Main difference of these luxurious hotels from large chain hotels and motels is that boutique hotels provide personalized accommodations and services to its guests. Other than that, these hotels focus on quiet and comfort rather than amenities like WiFi and mini bars. Also, boutique hotels are known to be stylish and considerably smaller than the mainstream hotels, often range from 3 to 5 guest rooms.
Best Boutique Hotels On A Budget
1. Drake Hotel Toronto, Canada
Area of Parkdale, Toronto’s most vibrant place deserves some serious attention due to The Drake. The Drake Hotel Toronto is the perfect spot to hop into a comfortable bed after a day of gallery hopping and designer shopping. This ‘handsome‘ place offers 19 fantastically priced rooms, which includes spacious suites. On site, there’s a line-up of entertainment options such as sushi and jazz at Raw Bar, rooftop cocktails at the Sky Yard and live bands at indie nightspot Underground.
2. The Standard Miami, USA
Miami, the city that moves to the fast beat of Latin America but still has that laid back attitude and Adre Balazs created an ultra cool adults playground called The Standard. A place that is invigorating and relaxing. The Standard is anything but average. Private terraces, outdoor baths, make a splash in the infinity pool or simply chill out at the super luxe spa. This is truly an oasis in the art deco style.
3. Art Series – The Cullen Melbourne, Australia
Art does not imitate at The Cullen Melbourne in Australia. You are guaranteed to admire the art of Adam Cullen original paintings and prints that will capture your eyes when you enter one of the 113 cool and contemporary rooms. The Cullen Melbourne is in the entertainment district and close to Chapel Street, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Luna Park. There are two restaurants, a bar, smart cars and bikes for you to use. If you are a shopping addict, you can can shop til you drop at the Prahran location that offers stylish stores. This is undoubtedly one of the best budget boutique hotels in the world.
4. P’tit Habibi Marrakesh, Morocco
The only thing you can do at the P’tit Habibi Morocco is just simply soak up in the atmosphere. This is a place to feel less like a hotel and more like a peaceful private house. P’tit Habibi has just four rooms, as well as a salon, library with iPod docking stations and a rooftop terrace which is perfect for sunset drinks and watching a movie screened on the outdoor projector. Outside these calming white washed walls, lose yourself with a tour of the coastal town of Essaouira, which P’tit Habibi Morocco will happily arrange.
5. Putahracsa Hua Hin, Thailand
When you want to escape the heat of the city and enter one of the most beautiful boutique hotels, head out to the Hotel Putahracsa in breezy Hua Hin. This place is an oasis in the center of town, with stylish 59 rooms. Putahracsa Thailand is a renovation of 1960’s motel that attracts people from all over the world. Grab a spot by the poolside or pay a visit to the spa and make yourself slip into a mellower way of life.
6. The Waterhouse at South Bund Shanghai, China
The Waterhouse at South Bund is a hip boutique hotel with a shine of modern atmosphere. The hotel has been transformed from a 1930’2 factory. The Waterhouse Shanghai boasts 19 uniquely styled rooms with stylish industrial concrete, exposed bricks and cutting edge furniture collection. Enjoy a drink and a dining experience out at the rooftop bar overlooking the bustling Huangpu River.
7. Le Couvent d’Herepian, Languedoc Roussillon, France
If you want to escape to a rural scenery, there is one place to do so and that is Le Couvent d’Herepian in France. The place is simply inducing as this is a 17th century convent, which has 13 blissful suites. To match the suites, you will find polished charms with a modern touch to it. All the suites has iPods, WiFi and luscious bath products. You can relax and let yourself free at the spa or at the terrace garden of this budget boutique hotel.
8. Higher Westcott Farm Devon, UK
Invite some close friends for a fabulous time at the Higher Westcott Farm in Devon, UK for a weekend. This is a 300 year old house filled with four glorious rooms equipped with country kitchen cooking courtesy of the the co-owner, picnic perfect landscapes for you to enjoy your meals, an unbelievable wine cellar and a bar. This is the perfect place to maintain a homey feeling if you ever visit Devon.
9. Alila Manggis Bali, Indonesia
If you are looking for an ocean front resort with shadows of Mountains and plenty of sun, head off to Bali, Indonesia. Alila Manggis Bali is surrounded by coconut groves, 54 beautiful rooms with attached roof verandas and day beds that you would not be able to resist for a short nap. You can venture through the lush grounds, enjoy some spa time and snorkeling along this unspoilt East Bali coast.
10. Bon Ton Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
If you want to escape the everyday distractions, retreat to Bon Ton Resort Langkawi in Malaysia. You will be welcomed to stay in any of the eight authentic Malaysian rooms, which are more than a century old. This budget boutique hotel in Malaysia is built on a former coconut plantation and surrounded by greenery, lotus ponds and ink blue pools. This is a place that is an essential stop for the savvy traveler.
There are the best of the gorgeous budget boutique hotels around the world I found but I’m sure there are many more. If you know of any or stayed in any budget boutique hotels, feel free to share your experience.