When looking for accommodation for an upcoming trip, it's easy to simply look at a list of chain hotels that operate in the area. However, there are plenty of advantages that come with opting for a boutique hotel, and here are just four.
When you walk through the halls of a chain hotel, you'll probably notice that the design is fairly muted and neutral. When you get to your room, you'll find that it has been decorated in the same way, and it will be practically identical to most of the rest of the rooms in the hotel. This is because larger hotels need to accommodate lots of different travellers, from families on vacation to businessman meeting clients, so it pays to keep things neutral; additionally, it's far more economical to design a hotel in this manner.
In contrast, a boutique hotel will boast its own personal style; you won't find anything else like it somewhere else in the country. This makes your own space feel more welcoming and interesting.
Boutique hotels are on the smaller side, but that's okay; they focus on quality over quantity. Because there aren't as many people staying at the hotel each night, the staff easily find themselves on a first-name basis with all their guests, and they will be able to devote more time to you since they won't have lots of other guests to deal with.
The fact that boutique hotels are generally on the smaller side works in their advantage in another way: they are usually much closer to the centre of the tourist area. Even in relatively young nations like Australia, the properties towards the historical centre of cities tend to be quite small. Boutique hotels can move into these older buildings and make them their own, so you'll stay in a more interesting property and be right where the action is. Chain hotels usually want to accommodate as many people as possible and use a modern building, so they are often positioned on the outskirts.
Finally, boutique hotels are a lot friendlier, and that isn't just something that can be said of the staff. Most boutique hotels will have a very homey common area with plush seats, board games, and perhaps a roaring open fireplace. When people gather here at the end of the day, it's easy to start chatting and make friends. Interesting people tend to be attracted to more interested accommodate options, so you could find yourself making friends with some very unique folk.