Before we look at how to design a boutique hotel, let’s begin with what defines it.
A boutique hotel is a property that caters to a smaller number of visitors at any given time, offering intimacy; one that customizes its services to the preferences of its guests; one that has a distinct style which tells a story about its owner or the property; and importantly, one that offers luxury.
Moving on to the design of the boutique hotel:
First impressions matter
Concentrate on the lobby area; it is the first space a guest steps into and the last to leave a lasting impression. Make sure its spacious, well lit, welcoming, and makes for a pleasant checking-in experience. Get the lobby right, and it will be the favourite spot of your guests to meet and greet.
As an extension of this, boutique hotels also need an impressive lobby lift; spacious, well lit, and perhaps a space that features a stunning piece of artwork. Most importantly, get the signage right so there wouldn’t be confused guests.
It goes without saying that if you’re in the business of small luxury hotels, the most important space is the bedroom. Make sure this allows for luxurious, uninterrupted, restful sleep. Invest in good mattresses, curtains that block out the light, temperature control systems and sound proofing. These are some basics that ensure a good night’s sleep. In addition, in a boutique hotel the bedroom also needs to double as a work space and facilitate dining and relaxation.
Of course design the bathroom to be memorable; a mini spa maybe or a space with a great view.
This area needs design work that renders it multi-functional. To maximize on space stipulations, design an all day dining area to be a breakfast room or a break room for business conferences. For this, the lighting needs to be adjustable and the furniture needs to be easily moveable or transformable.
Be clever to hide electrical and mechanical units behind large pieces of artwork adorning this space. Also, make sure the finishes and the carpeting here is of stellar quality as this area takes the brunt of the trolleys used for luggage and housekeeping. Let the carpet design lead guests straight to their room without the element of stress.
Be good at goodbyes
Make it quick here and allow space for luggage storage, in case your guests want to leave behind their luggage to go sight-seeing. Leave clear signage that would make the checkout process efficient and time saving.