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What is a boutique hotel?

Although the French word “boutique" translates simply to "small shop", the meaning of the term has shifted in past decades. When we think of boutiques, we think not just of small shops with limited items but of exclusivity, individuality, and quality. These attributes are what give boutique hotels their name—far from the standardized chains, boutique hotels offer something unique to their visitors. Boutique hotels originated in the 1980s in major cities in the United Kingdom and the United States and impressed patrons with their  unusual and refreshing hand-picked designs and features. Today, those looking for a different kind of accommodation seek out boutique hotels to add a little extra something to their stay. 

Whether you’re looking for a staycation in the U.K. or want to book a room in a one-of-a-kind hotel on your next vacation, we’ve got plenty of deals to boutique hotels across the globe. 

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