One frequent feature of a boutique hotel is that it is smaller than the traditional large hotel chain property.
But some boutique hotels have taken that to an extreme: They are trying to get as small as possible.
These tiny boutique hotels are providing the intimacy and charm of a bed and breakfast without sacrificing the design aesthetic and food and beverage options that draw travelers.
Some examples: Prague’s One Room Hotel, Berlin’s Linnen, the Fez guesthouse Riad 9, The 404 in Nashville, and the Hotel Covell in Los Angeles.
At The 404 in Nashville, which includes five rooms, privacy is the main reason guests select the hotel over bigger options. The hotel opened in 2014 with the goal of offering high-end service without disrupting travelers.
“You don’t have any unexpected visits from staff or other guests,” says Matt Bolus, executive chef of the hotel’s 404 Kitchen. “It’s personalized service away from the crowds.”
Bolus says because of the hotel’s size, employees can customize anything for guests.
“Invisible service, in my opinion, is our most unique amenity,” he says. “Whether traveling for business or vacation, no one wants to deal with more strangers than they have to and that is limited here.”
Los Angeles’ Hotel Covell is located above a wine bar called Bar Covell. Guests can book one of five posh bedrooms, which each tell part of the life story of a fictional author.
The rooms, aptly named “Chapters,” are intended for long- or short-term stays and focus on creating a stylish, peaceful environment for guests.
At the Linnen, in the hip Berlin neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, six bedrooms are augmented by a three-room apartment and a studio apartment, giving guests options for their stay.
“From what our guests tell us, it seems that they just do not want to stay in larger anonymous spaces,” the Linnen’s owner Antonio Ferreira says, noting that the hotel’s quirky atmosphere is one of its main draws.
“We get all kinds of people,” he says. “But we can say that our guests are usually well informed and independent.”
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