I have always been a big fan of boutique hotels. There’s something homely and comforting about a cozy boutique hotel stay, though I wouldn’t mind splurging on a luxury retreat once in a while.
As someone who enjoys all sorts of stays be it – homestays, luxury resorts, hostels and even Couchsurfing, I decided to start a new accommodation portal.
So, to commemorate our new venture, we decided to collate a list of best boutique hotels from around the world – handpicked by expert travelers. If you are curious, click here to check out the new hotel listicle site. – Show some love while you are at it, will ya?:)
Table of Content
- 1 Handpicked Unique Boutique Hotel Sleeps Around the World
- 1.1 The Bower at Broulee, NSW, Australia
- 1.2 Cappadocia Cave Hotel, Goreme, Turkey
- 1.3 Spin Designer Hostel, El Nido, Philippines
- 1.4 Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel, Montreal, Canada
- 1.5 Alaya Resort, Bali, Indonesia
- 1.6 The Castle Schloss Saareck, Saarland, Germany
- 1.7 Casa del Mar, Langkawi, Malaysia
- 1.8 Wanderlust Hotel, Little India, Singapore
- 1.9 Buddha Zen Hotel, Chengdu, China
- 1.10 The Wellesley, London, England
- 1.11 Batik Boutique Hotel, Kuching, Malaysia
- 1.12 Fervenza Casa Grande, Galicia, Spain
- 1.13 The Albus Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 1.14 Poppies Samui Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
- 1.15 Miss Sophie’s, Olomouc, Czech Republic
- 1.16 Hotel Le Littre, Paris, France
- 1.17 The Gardens Hotel, Key West, Florida, USA
- 1.18 The Funny Lion, Coron, Philippines
- 1.19 Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
- 1.20 Le Boutique Hotel, Bordeaux, France
- 1.21 Akyra Manor, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- 1.22 Made in Louise, Brussels, Belgium
- 1.23 Abode Bombay Hotel, Mumbai, India
- 1.24 Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Portland, Oregon, USA
- 1.25 Holiday House, Palm Springs, California, USA
- 1.26 Le Petit Elephant, Kochi, India
Handpicked Unique Boutique Hotel Sleeps Around the World
The Bower at Broulee, NSW, Australia
As recommended by Paula McInerney of Contented Traveller
Located in the Eurobodalla area of southern NSW, Australia, about 4 hours south of Sydney and 2 hours east of Canberra, is a unique boutique hotel. These are bowers, or nests, set in the midst of the Australian bush. The philosophy of The Bower at Broulee is to “recharge together in style.” Each of the bowers is private and styled within an inch of their lives. The bowers are designed for couples with all the luxurious inclusions you need for a few romantic days away from it all. As is printed on the wall, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness; but still will keep a bower quiet for us, and a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing,”. John Keats. The Bower at Broulee is one of the most bespoke and luxurious hotels we have enjoyed in Australia.
Cappadocia Cave Hotel, Goreme, Turkey
As recommended by Nisha Jha of Lemonicks
I knew Cappadocia is all about caves and underground cities and I was so looking forward to have a glimpse of them. Little did I know when my car arrived at my hotel, I would be living in a cave!
The hotel rooms in Cappadocia Cave Suites are carved out of mountainous rocks to give it a feel of the place it’s famous for. I had a big cave to myself consisting of a living room, a large bathroom with shower, a Jacuzzi in the large bedroom with a dressing area and a kitchenette to make tea etc. All modern amenities fitted in cave, giving me a feel of living inside a cave.
You can see holes peeping out of a rock, they are actually windows! Balcony overlooking the mountainous desert, swimming pool in natural surroundings. The Cappadocia Cave Suites is an absolute gem and I think it’s one of the best accommodations in Goreme, Turkey.
Spin Designer Hostel, El Nido, Philippines
As recommended by Jerny Destacamento of The Jerny – Travel and Inspirations
One thing that makes SPIN truly stand out from the competition is their design. Spin Designer Hostel may sound lofty at first, but a title apt and well-deserved. The rooms are huge with beds lie on the either end but still has enough space to move. The common bathroom is surprising spacious housing toilet and shower rooms. You’re also entitled to a breakfast and the good thing about Spin is that they have a cook that cooks your meals upon order right in front of you. If there will be people to ask me about what’s our recommended hostel in El Nido, it would be Spin Designer Hostel at the top of my list.
Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel, Montreal, Canada
As recommended by Gordon Arthur of Short Holidays And Getaways
Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel is the luxurious boutique hotel in Montreal, Canada. Montreal is known for many wonderful things, and food, culture and street art in Montreal are some of these things. Le Saint-Sulpice is located on a cobblestoned street, behind the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal, which is an ideal setting, and one often used to film movies and TV shows. When we visited, they were filming the final episode of Beauty and the Beast with Kristen Kreuk and Jay Ryan.
The rooms in the hotel are all suites. There are Superior, Deluxe, and Executive Suites, each varying in size, ranging in size from 500sqm to 1600sqm. They all feature the hotel signature of red. All suites have the quintessential French windows which open onto the cobblestone street of Old Montreal or the inner garden courtyard. As a boutique hotel, Le Saint-Sulpice, Montreal is one of the very best.
Alaya Resort, Bali, Indonesia
As recommended by Anthony Jury of Fair Dinkum Traveller
The Alaya Resort is one of unimaginable beauty, surrounded by lush green rice fields, you are struck with paradise upon stepping into the confines of this stunning Balinese resort.
The deluxe rooms have an Indonesian themed interior that immediately grabs your attention, with features that include a fancy bathroom setup, a cushy king-size bed and balcony views of the resort.
Two fabulous dining experiences are on offer at Alaya Resort, with the Petani and Manisan Restaurants, both serving delicious Indonesian and Western Cuisines. The Manisan is especially a beauty, which is perfectly tucked away in the middle of the rice-fields.
Cooling off in the Bali heat is no problem at all, with two boutique swimming pools that is surrounded by tropical gardens and a Bamboo Bar that serves all your favourite alcohol beverages as you chill in style.
Finally, the Dala Spa, a truly savouring massage experience that comes with a welcoming drink, a Bali prayer and a pampering that truly puts you into relaxation mode.
The Alaya Resort was a remarkable luxury experience, and it was a privilege to stay at a resort which cares about it guest as well as their own cultural values.
The Castle Schloss Saareck, Saarland, Germany
As recommended by Paulina of Paulina On the Road
The Castle Schloss Saareck located in Mettlach, Saarland (Germany) has only recently been turned into a lovely boutique hotel. It’s a private property of the prestigious Boch family, founders of the tableware and ceramic imperium Villeroy&Boch. The boutique hotel Schloss Saareck is set in a dreamy setting, surrounded by large parks along the river Saar. It has the best views on the prettiest building in entire Mettlach: a former Benedictine abbey which became the headquarters of Villeroy&Boch company in 1842. Its lovely museum and Villeroy&Boch outlet are all in walking distance of the boutique hotel.
The hotel itself is a dream! It’s a quaint mix of medieval castle and royal hunting palace styled with contemporary interior design elements. Each room has its very own design inspired by Villeroy&Boch most famous tableware collections. Thus you can sleep in room inspired by the legendary “Old Luxembourg” or “Amazonia” collection. Staying in an authentic fairy-tale castle with a prestigious family history will surely be a memorable experience.
Read reviews of this hotel on TripAdvisor.
Casa del Mar, Langkawi, Malaysia
As recommended by Mar Pages of Once In A Lifetime Journey
Wanderlust Hotel, Little India, Singapore
As recommended by Megan of Bobo and Chichi
We love unique hotels and places that have fun photo opportunities, it makes staying in hotel after hotel a bit more interesting. Wanderlust Hotel was more than just a room, it was a visual experience! There are different themed rooms some being based on Pantone colors, outer space, and ours with an interesting 3D art that pops out at you.
Our entire room was made up with black and white and the walls are covered with dimensional back lit pop art installations. It sounds weird but the result was really cool and just goes to show staying in a hotel doesn’t have to be boring. You sort of felt like you were living in a comic strip or cartoon. Not only were the rooms and entire experience unique, but the Wanderlust Hotel has an incredible location in Singapore’s Little India and has its own delicious French restaurant.
Buddha Zen Hotel, Chengdu, China
As recommended by Marie-Carmen Infantes Hughes of Orient Excess
If you’ve found yourself in the big city of Chengdu in Sichuan, China and want to avoid the crowds for a little while the Buddha Zen Hotel might be your best choice. Located near the Wenshu monastery, this hotel is an ode to Buddhism. Designed like old Chinese houses, the courtyard in the middle of the building hosts a golden statue in its centre that is constantly circled by the smoke of incense. Near it, you’ll find tables where traditional tea ceremonies are held for guests while music is being played.
The rooms at the Buddha Zen Hotel are gorgeous, a touch of modernity combined with the dark timber that makes up the structure of the hotel. A CD will also be given to you on arrival containing chants and some relaxing music that you will be able to listen to in your room or take home with you. You can push the experience by joining the hotel’s SPA, which offers very traditional massages at relatively good prices. Be aware that the breakfast is fully vegetarian and it is not rare to see a few monks joining in as well.
The Wellesley, London, England
As recommended by Paul Johnson of A Luxury Travel Blog
Opened in December 2012, The Wellesley is a 1920s townhouse boutique hotel that has been beautifully restored with a modern take on the art deco style and with every modern convenience. I love the location – within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Picadilly or Harrod’s, and it offers a true home-from-home atmosphere. Roomsat The Wellesley are bright and airy, with high quality fixtures and fittings. I like the fact that the hotel is big enough to have a small, intimate restaurant, lounge and bar, but not so big that you are not treated as a valued guest.
Batik Boutique Hotel, Kuching, Malaysia
As recommended by Margherita Ragg of The Crowded Planet
Kuching is one of Malaysia’s most vibrant cities, with lots of street art and an amazing food scene. Our home for the two weeks we spent in town was the wonderful Batik Boutique Hotel, perfectly located to visit the city’s sights and day trips to the many things to do and see in Sarawak not far from Kuching.
The hotel has a modern look with a local flair – think brushed concrete with hanging lanterns and water features. The rooms are bright and comfortable, with eco-friendly toiletries and REAL, locally-sourced tea and coffee. Special attention is given to textiles – this is because the hotel’s owner also supports Tanoti, a women’s cooperative created to preserve the ancient art of songket, a kind of silk weaving that is typical of Sarawak.
Fervenza Casa Grande, Galicia, Spain
As recommended by Inma Gregorio of A World To Travel
The Albus Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
As recommended by Natalie Deduck of Love & Road
The Albus Hotel is the perfect combination of design, intimate atmosphere and the best location. In the heart of bustling Amsterdam, the hotel is an oasis with a modern and sexy décor in a small and traditional building. We stayed there on our fourth trip to Amsterdam and it was the perfect base for our 3 days in Amsterdam itinerary. The rooms were all renovated in 2017, so you get nice rooms, squeaky clean bathrooms and a superb service.
What we love about The Albus was the amenities as a Nespresso coffee machine and a Heineken beer torp in the room. It was the perfect place to stay during the winter, the fireplace and the hot chocolate at the reception were perfects to warm us up during a quick break between attractions (most of the top attractions are within walking distance from the hotel). Breakfast is served on the charming restaurant that at nighttime become a busy fashion dining experience. The hotel has single, double and family rooms, but I would say that it’s the perfect boutique hotel for couples. It has a sexy vibe in the air, just like Amsterdam.
Poppies Samui Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand
As recommended by Ruben Arribas of Gamin Traveler
Traveling as a couple, we felt that boutique hotels are definitely a good way to go to have a good balance of relaxation and privacy, but still have that feeling that you are getting a personal service. And if you are traveling in the coastline of Thailand, we highly recommend visiting Poppies Koh Samui boutique hotel.
With only 24 villas, it was so hard not to miss the very happy guests staying at Poppies the time we stayed there. And mind you, it was raining those days. Activities were prepared like a small Monday cocktail night with free beers, cocktail and massage, just for a little social gathering. And you can easily witness how satisfied customers are because they come back every single year, either alone, with their partner, or with their families, to enjoy the islands, with the feeling of having a home away from home.
Poppies Koh Samui was a solid boutique hotel with high quality design, following traditional Thai architecture with a good mix of modernization. The staff were very warm and welcoming, and the service high quality – can’t recommend them enough.
Miss Sophie’s, Olomouc, Czech Republic
As recommended by Kamila Napora of KAMI & The Rest Of The World
Earlier this year I went for a weekend to Olomouc, Czech Republic – a lovely yet overlooked city that can be a perfect alternative to Prague. Olomouc is picture perfect, charming and has some amazing cafes to relax at. I’ve stayed at the newly opened Miss Sophie’s boutique hotel and well – it was the highlight of my trip! The hotel is small and cozy with only a couple of rooms but once you walk in you feel like at home.
My room was really spacious, carefully designed, full of little details that made it so special and with a beautiful view over one of the main streets in the Olomouc Old Town. The bed was huge and so comfy I slept like a baby. But what I loved the most was the amazing armchair – I could have spent hours just sitting in it and reading or writing (well, I kind of did it). Downstairs you can find a small cafe that attracts both tourists and locals – if I didn’t have that armchair I would have spent all my time there! At least I could enjoy the breakfast served at the cafe in the morning! I loved my stay at Miss Sophie’s so much I’ve decided to take the later train back home and with a heavy heart I checked out 5 minutes before my time was up. But I will be back, I’m sure of it!
Hotel Le Littre, Paris, France
As recommended by Dan Bagby of Honeymoon Always
During our stay in Paris we fell in love with the Hotel Le Littre. We were in one for five suite available with a balcony and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower welcoming us to the amazing city on our first night set the tone for the rest of our stay.
The hotel is located conveniently in the Montparnasse area of Paris, about a twenty-minute walk from the Notre Dame cathedral or a quick subway ride. It recently underwent a multi million dollar renovation spent on the rooms, adding a sauna, and renovating the lobby and common areas.
Hotel Le Littre has an amazing staff that was there to help us before and during our trip. Beyond the great view, the breakfast included in our stay was excellent. Each morning I couldn’t resist at least two freshly baked crescents with chocolate or fruit jams. The hearty breakfast included sausage, eggs, fruits, cereals, meats, and cheeses and kept us full into the afternoon.
The Gardens Hotel, Key West, Florida, USA
As recommended by Nicole Debickes of Family With Latitude
The Gardens Hotel is just 2 blocks off Duval Street, which is the main drag in Key West, Florida. It has Large rooms, beautiful pool, lovely gardens, delicious breakfast, and self-service wine bar in the lobby that sells wine by the glass. There are no children allowed at this hotel, so it is perfect for an adult getaway.
Located right in the heart of Key West, you don’t have to worry about driving or parking. This is especially useful if you want to have a few adult beverages on Duval Street. Each room is different, but has a beautiful tropical feel. The gardens are filled with large trees that provide shade and tropical flowers. The buildings are reminiscent of old Bahamian style homes which dot the entire city. Even being very close to the action and activity of Key West, The Gardens Hotel is an Oasis of calm and peace where you can relax.
The Funny Lion, Coron, Philippines
As recommended by Shandos Cleaver of Travelnuity
Coron in the Philippines is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited. Take one of the multiple boat trips offered at the harbour and you’ll stop at gorgeous beaches, fantastic snorkelling sites, tiny little islands and even a stunning freshwater lake. But The Funny Lion is so beautiful itself that you’d better reserve a day to just chill out onsite.
The centrepiece of this boutique hotel is its infinity pool, perched above the dense mangroves leading down to the shoreline. Complete with an in-pool jacuzzi, there’s also plenty of deck chairs surrounding it for the small number of guests staying at any time. Next to the pool is the main restaurant, where breakfast is served and both lunch and dinner can be partaken. (The menu is modern, heavily focused on the abundant local seafood.) However, at sunset it’s a must to head for the rooftop for cocktails. And the ultimate touch? A pair of rooftop jacuzzis!
Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
As recommended by Viktor Vincej of Traveling Lifestyle
Ohla Hotel was the highlight of my first trip to Barcelona. It comes with everything you expect from a 5-star boutique hotel but the rooftop terrace is worth of 10 stars. I spent more time up there than in my room. It’s great for watching sunsets, enjoying cocktails or taking a dip in the amazing pool. Trust me, in hot summer months Barcelona gets super hot and you’ll appreciate the pool as much as I did.
Hotel is centrally located, everything is reachable by walking even getting to the airport is very smooth. I rented a bike from reception a discovered most of Barcelona attractions in one day. The other day, I end up going to the nearest beach in Barcelona which you can reach in 15 minutes by foot. Once you are in Barcelona, Ohla Hotel is the place to stay!
Le Boutique Hotel, Bordeaux, France
As recommended by Katy Clarke of Untold Morsels
When you visit one of the world’s most famous wine regions it makes sense to stay at hotel that knows and loves wine. At Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux the commitment to local wine and heritage is what makes this hotel special.
The hotel is in a UNESCO listed building near the centre of Bordeaux and you can walk or catch the tram to all the sights of the city easily. After a long day sightseeing or exploring the Medoc and St Emilion wine regions, relax in the hotel’s bar which features a chandelier made from wine glasses. Every night the hotel’s sommelier offers a special wine tasting for guests to enjoy.
Rooms at Le Boutique Hotel Bordeaux are cozy with luxe details. The bathroom amenities are by Hermès and there were delicious canelés (local pastries) in our room on arrival. The staff are attentive, efficient and discreet – everything you would expect from a luxury boutique hotel.
Akyra Manor, Chiang Mai, Thailand
As recommended by Nathan of Foodie Flashpacker
The Akyra Manor in Chiang Mai, Thailand is a luxury boutique perfectly located in the trendy Nimman neighborhood. I loved everything about my stay at the hotel- the huge outdoor soaking tub, the amazing restaurant, daily evening cocktails delivered to the room, and the friendly and attentive staff.
But if I had to single out one thing that was my favorite it would be the gorgeous aquarium like rooftop pool. Every day during my stay I would go for swim and then hit the rooftop bar for happy hour where drinks are half priced and include complimentary snacks. Make sure to check out the Akyra Manor when you visit Chiang Mai!
Made in Louise, Brussels, Belgium
Ivana Greslikova & Gianni Bianchini of Nomad is Beautiful
The interior of the rooms is soothing, and makes you want to stay in the room for the whole day. Speaking of comfort, the bed linen is made of 100% cotton.
Alert to beer lovers! There is a great choice of local beverage to choose from in a front lounge with a fireplace near the reception, ideal for the late afternoon or evening. Truly one of the best boutique hotels in Brussels.
Abode Bombay Hotel, Mumbai, India
As recommended by Ellie Cleary of Soultravel Blog
Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Portland, Oregon, USA
As recommended by Kristen Furtado of Travels & Treats
Kimpton Hotel Monaco is a luxury boutique hotel located in the vibrant downtown area of Portland, Oregon. Many travelers turn to boutique hotels when they are looking for a unique or special place to stay in a given destination, and the Kimpton Monaco offers just that. Not only is the property located in the midst of Portland’s best bars and restaurants, but the hotel itself is somewhere you will want to spend time because it’s so beautiful.
The decor across the lobby and guestrooms is incredibly chic and stylish with a modern spin, decked out in bold colors and eclectic patterns. In addition to being pretty to look at, the beds are top of the line in comfort, the bath and body products are high quality, and each guestroom comes equipped with luxurious animal print robes for your stay. And if you have a furry friend, you’ll love the Kimpton Hotel Monaco because they will happily welcome, and pamper, your dog.
Read reviews of this hotel on TripAdvisor or Book now for lowest rates.
Holiday House, Palm Springs, California, USA
As recommended by Carole Terwilliger Meyers of Travels With Carole
When you check-in at the Holiday House in Palm Springs, California, the clerk hands you some colorful love beads to wear during your stay. I did just that, and I had a wonderful time. We were also invited to have a complimentary glass of rose from the bar at our convenience. The color theme is crisp blue and white, and it does look spectacular in the warm sunlight.
Located in a historic neighborhood with lovely older properties, this sweet little spot only has 28 rooms. A delish continental breakfast was included, and we were only a block away from the main drag and its plentiful bars and restaurants. But probably my favorite thing here was the hot tub, which I spent plenty of evening hours in. What a treat to cool off in a hot tub. And by the way, that is where I drank my complimentary glass of rose. Delightful. Adding to the romance, there are no TVs.
Le Petit Elephant, Kochi, India
As recommended by Sandy & Vyjay of Voyager
When we were heading out to God’s own Country, Kerala for a break from the stresses and strains of city life, we wanted to stay in a place which would have all the required comfort and convenience but would also be exclusive and secluded. We finalized on Le Petit Elephant a beautiful boutique hotel, which has the sea on one side and the placid backwaters on the other side.
The hotel is located on a road that runs parallel to the beach and is away from the main beach and has 10 rooms which includes a double room suite with a balcony that opens to an amazing view of the sea. There is a small and cute swimming pool as well as a garden sit out where one can hang around nursing a drink or two.
One of the most attractive areas of the hotel for us was the dining area which is on the first floor and is open on 3 sides. Any meal here comes with a stunning view of the sea. Dining is taken to another level here as you dig in to your food accompanied by the music of the waves crashing against the beach and you feel the exhilaration of breathing the fresh sea breeze. When our stay came to an end and we were leaving the place, we felt as if we were leaving a home behind.
Inspired by these world travelers to book your own cozy boutique hotel stay? Well then start planning your new adventures to one of these handpicked retreats NOW!