Boutique hotels are expanding all over the United States. These are intimate, design-led properties that distinguish themselves from larger, branded hotels by providing guests with ultra-personalized service and accommodation.  But more than that, there’s a unique set of characteristics that define a boutique hotel.


First, this type of lodging facility gains its uniqueness through aesthetics, atmosphere, and a level of personalized service that just can’t be found in larger establishments. Therefore, the size is another important feature of a boutique hotel, and bigger is not necessarily better. The décor plays a key role in adding the right amount of individuality and setting a thoughtful ambiance throughout a boutique hotel.  High-quality materials, designer furnishings, and quirky touches are often used to create a memorable visual experience, while bespoke amenities like a generous pillow menu, plush baths, or handmade organic toiletries contribute to an atmosphere of comfort and luxury.  Another common characteristic of these exclusive accommodations is the great attention to detail.  A true boutique hotel interior design will always take time to choose the finest linens and freshest food ingredients, to style its rooms individually, and to incorporate bespoke art and locally-sourced materials in the interior decoration.

Source: Hotel Emma

We love Hotel Emma! It is so incredibly unique, and a real destination on its own. It’s on the river, located in the old Pearl Brewery. This fabulous spot kept some of the original equipment, details, and industrial elements while incorporating all the luxurious amenities of a world-class hotel. It’s industrial, Texan, rustic, and modern, all at once. It has an old-money feel, a historical background, and a remarkable story.

Source: The Little Nell

Designer Walter Paepcke inspired the modern Aspen experience. The Little Nell is cosmopolitan but intimate, and modern but timeless. The ambiance of this world-famous restaurant flows from the hotel’s living room, as it might in a personal home. A dramatic glass wall displays some of the wines from the spectacular cellar, and within the flow of the room are two smaller, more private spaces.  The bass notes of the color palette are warm, calming grays. Layered in are accents of bright color and rich tactile materials.

Source: The Archer Hotel

The Archer Hotel features “industrial chic” interior design and includes butcher-block floors and exposed brick and steel throughout the property, giving the space a tremendous amount of character.

Source: The Ludlow Hotel

Imagine New York of the 1980s with its tremendous art, early hip hop, and punk rock scenes. Then translate that vitality to a boutique hotel in New York’s Lower East Side. Put these together, and you get The Ludlow Hotel.  The stunning result appears as soon as you walk through the steel and glass doors of the lobby into a lounge with oak-paneled walls, antique chandeliers, and Parisian accents. All bathrooms boast black and white tile work, marble mosaic floors, brass fixtures, and rain showerheads.

Source: The Spectator Hotel 

The Spectator Hotel is smack in the middle of Charleston’s bustling historic district. This Southern charmer brims with the spirit of the Jazz Age, anchored by a Great Gatsby theme, right down to the stuffed albino peacock named Daisy Buchanan in the lobby.

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