Boutique and Lifestyle Hotels and Properties—Definitions
Terminology & Definitions for Boutique & Lifestyle Hotels and Properties
The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association is the place for members to work together to collaborate on definitions and terms. Together, we strive to clear up our industry vernacular by agreeing upon their meanings.
Many characters comprise the family of boutique properties. Hotels, resorts, inns, B&B's and lodges offer different levels of romance, quirk, class, suave or funk. Then there’s location. Properties near wineries and oceans, the countryside or the city, should certainly advertise as such. And don’t forget amenities such as noting when a spa has reached the echelon of the “full spa” group.
The problem arises for the traveler who must decipher whether a romantic hotel or an intimate hotel would be preferred for his honeymoon. Or when a traveler is looking to stay some place unique on vacation to Paris, but is unsure if it’s the trendy hotel or the stylish hotel that would be more suitable.
Boutique Lodging Glossary of Terms below will eventually be decided by the membership. This is simply a brief starting point.
A term to describe intimate, usually luxurious or quirky and upscale hotel environments for a very particular clientele.
A property that combines living elements and activities into functional design that gives guests the opportunity to explore the experience they desire.
Luxury Boutique Hotel
An extremely luxurious hotel environment created to express unique lifestyle experiences that are synonymous with health and wellness.
Trendy or Modern Hotels
These top hotels strive to have special experiences in properties that have a unique design, exclusive restaurants and become notable hangouts due to their modern theme and "happening" atmosphere.
Distinctive hotels with unique architecture, where the room design is as important as the mattress. Style, along with environmental concerns, are important factors. Design hotels vary by the unique abilities of the people who create them. Artistic expression, functionality, and imagination combine to make the most successful design hotels, and keep guest not only comfortable during their stay, but in a constant state of awe with the hotel designer's creative vision.
All Suite Hotels
A hotel that claims ‘All Suite’ status is expected to have at least one separated bedroom off of the living area. Often these hotels offer mini fridges or kitchenette features.
Architectural hotels flaunt unique design and building achievements through the hotel's design concept. They attract hotel guests who are interested in staying in a place that breaks the mold of building design inside and out.
Artistic hotels are a combination of high-end lodging and a work of art. Guest of artistic hotels get the exhilarating sense they are living in a modern art museum exhibit. These special hotels are the latest combination of artistic expression and new-age lodging.
Avant-Garde hotels are an example of artistic hotels. Hotel designers push the limits of our expectations of what a 'hotel room" can be by creating lodging accommodations in this style. Unusual, quirky, artistic, funky and certainly unique may all aptly describe what an avant-garde hotel can be.
City hotels are more than hotels settled within a city's primary zip code. These hotels reflect the ambiance and character of their cities along with optimal location within the city's boundaries that allow guests easy access to explore.
Classic hotels are a throwback to the days when dramatic lobbies, adorned with stunning chandeliers and welcoming décor, were the industry standard. Classic hotels buck the stripped-down, no frills environment of today's mega-chain hotels and serve as relics of what a hotel should be.
Classy hotels attract the luxury traveler who expects a refined lodging experience. Visitors expect classy art work, ambiance, and high-end service during their stay.
It may be easier to define comfortable hotels by what they aren't: squeaky, drafty, and cramped. The traveler who wishes to find a comfortable hotel expects thick walls, a comfortable bed, cleanliness, and a restful environment. Anything less would never be described as "uncomfortable."
A conference hotel primarily offers amenities for business meeting, banquets, or other special events.
Contemporary hotels reflect the sleek and stylish sect of the "artistic hotel" family. They boast modern amenities along with a dash of unique artistic inspiration.
Corporate hotels are for the business traveler who requires a seamless transition from the home office to the hotel room. Today, this means a quality workspace, dependable Internet and other technology, along with quick service and sensible accommodations.
Country hotels are where travelers go to get away. Above all, they are quiet and charming. Country hotels can offer a wide range of amenities depending on their price points and location.
Designer hotels vary by the unique abilities of the people who create them. Artistic expression, functionality, and imagination combine to make the most successful design hotels, and keep guest not only comfortable during their stay but in a constant state of awe with the hotel designer's creative vision.
Distinctive hotels are similar to boutique hotels in that they come in several shapes, sizes, quirks, and degrees of funk; yet they stand out in the area of surrounding amenities. Distinctive hotels are not only unique marvels on the inside but are found in highly desirable locations, most often in travel destinations off the beaten path.
Extraordinary hotels couldn’t possibly go by any other name. For travelers, these hotels are the destination. There are no limits to what an extraordinary hotel can entail: made of ice or other unthinkable materials; built underground, in a tree, or jutting out into the ocean; featuring triple king sized beds or lavish Jacuzzi features. There are not limits to the extraordinary!
Funky hotels feature unique spins on lodging staples. Guests are hit with creative use of color, abstract design and unique furniture in funky hotels.