It is not easy to describe what “Boutique Hotel” actually means because its definition varies not only from state to state, but also each host provides its own interpretation meaning of the label “Boutique Hotel”.
Despite it unclear definition, 4 common points that distinguish a boutique hotel can be identified.
First of all, the boutique hotels can be characterized by two different kinds of destinations: city and resort. The boutique hotels in city-urban destinations are dipped in the fashion atmosphere and lifestyle of cities as Rome, Venice, Palermo, Milan which influence their design, architecture, or theme. The boutique hotels in resort destinations are instead characterized by their proximity to tourist centres of primary importance and generally are located in hidden and less known places as well as in little islets.
Secondly, the boutique hotels are not chain-affiliated hotels and does not exceed 150 rooms. They houses a kind of cosy and stylish accommodations, all different each other. Most of them are also defined as design hotels because the décor in a boutique hotel runs toward revisited local materials, total white furniture or bold color splashes, successful mix of past and modern details. The boutique hotels in Italy are also an homage to the “Made in Italy” furniture, materials and ingredients.
Warmth and intimacy are the main key words which described the atmosphere of a boutique hotel. Furthermore, this intimate and enveloping setting coexists with a full service accommodations, product quality, and for those placed in the heart of a city, technology (from Wi-Fi till music and special light effects) is an additional important attribute.
Last of all, a boutique hotel provides a strong connection between guests experience and the hosts. This Hotel category seems to attract a niche of travelers looking for a special and different accommodation able to fulfill their individual needs. Guests want to be "surprised" and usually choose a Boutique Hotel for their holiday not only to stay in, but also to live an experience. Many boutique hotels have on-site dining facilities, bars and lounges also open to the general public and which create the chance to find local friends on holiday.