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About This Article: The History of Boutique Hotels

Boutique hotels offer guests a special retreat in a smaller but luxurious setting. It may be that the boutique hotel is in a secluded area, but it still offers the service and amenities of any other hotel.

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The History of Boutique Hotels
Boutique hotels are generally known to be perfect and small chic little places which have a common characteristic of the less - formal charm that they all seem to have hanging in the air. However, the original boutique hotels had a much more tight definition. The 'boutique' style was invented in New York somewhere around 1984. This occurred when 2 businessmen, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, started the hotel "Morgans" on Madison Avenue, Manhattan. It looked fairly strange and unique, and was nothing like the 'big - boy' hotels, who had a domineering presence in the hotel industry.

It was Rubell who came up with the word "boutique hotel". He described the new business venture as being similar to a boutique, rather than a department store. Schrager & Rubell obtained the services of popular Parisian designer Andree Putman to come up with the insides, so that, during the beginnings, the boutique hotel had a dash of American and European flavor. The main features, however, were the independence of the design and its uniqueness.

The idea of the boutique hotels were soon taken up in Europe (though there are still some people who argue that this concept was already present in the continent), and, ever since, the growth of boutique hotels has continued unhampered. The first boutique hotels in England was '42 The Calls', which was situated in Leeds, London. It was made from what was an old corn mill previously, but still retained the machines which were used, and still has some features of its history, such as the handmade beds. However, strangeness and uniqueness aren't always the main features of boutique hotels nowadays. All around the world, the term 'boutique hotels' is used for hotels which come in various sizes and looks: small luxury hotels which have a more modern style and really good service; accommodation with unique looks; and hotels which call themselves 'lifestyle' hotels, which mainly emphasize on a type of elegance which doesn't seem too obvious.

All of these are common in the sense that they are all small, generally with a capacity of less than a 100 rooms. Most of these don't have the feel of a boxy hotel, and all the rooms are individually crafted, which adds to the sense of uniqueness.
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