What is a Boutique B&B?

What is a Boutique B&B?

 

The accommodation industry has boomed in recent years, especially with the prevalence of online comparison websites and mobile apps. Among this, a new trend seems to keep cropping up in the accommodation sector, and it’s a question on many lips: just what is a boutique B&B?

 

A Small, Luxury B&B

The Chapel's Balcony Suite. Photo by Sam Toolsie.

A boutique B&B is generally defined by two things – size and luxury. Generally, they’re on the small end, and maybe have around ten rooms or fewer. Frequenters to boutique bed and breakfasts often search them out for their intimate feel combined with their luxurious décor.

The suites may be individually furnished, giving each a distinct feel and atmosphere. If the rooms are different sizes, then it makes sense for them to each have their own personality. Not only this, but having varied rooms and suites also encourages repeat visits!

 

It Makes a Statement

Statement pieces are a feature of boutique B&Bs.

 

Boutique B&Bs are designed to give an indulgent experience, as well as raising eyebrows with cutting-edge statements. Maybe there’s a unique decorative style that blows you away, or perhaps it’s the architecture of the building itself that makes it truly compelling.

Often, boutique B&Bs will mix the old with the new – there’s a particular je ne sais quoi when an older building has been renovated with a modern inflection. It’s this link with the past that can make boutique B&Bs so appealing, and it definitely makes a statement that remains in the memory.

 

 

Personal Service with Local Expertise

The Stray in Harrogate

There aren’t waves of staff at a boutique B&B – more often than not it’s just the owners and pro rata housekeeping staff. Because of this, the service that you are offered as a guest is much more personal. You’ll feel much more valued as a customer, especially because there aren’t as many guests as in a hotel.

Don’t underestimate local knowledge either: owners of a boutique B&B will know the area inside-out. They’ll be able to tell you about the little-known tourist attractions, the best lunch spots in town, and answer any other questions you might have. Owners are almost always live-in, and will be available whenever you need a hand (within reason!).

 

Something a Little Bit Different

The Opium Suite in The Chapel lends itself to photoshoots.

Due to the nature of a boutique B&B, they can often be used for many different purposes. With intricate interior design, living areas and certain suites are ideal for photoshoots and film & TV sets. We’d know: The Chapel featured on Quest TV’s Salvage Hunters recently and Channel 4’s The Restoration Man in 2017. Be warned that you might suddenly recognise something on arrival!

Boutique B&Bs are also keen to book out the entire building for private functions. Wedding receptions are particularly popular, and The Chapel even takes bookings for wedding ceremonies. Unique B&Bs also make great locations for corporate events, from impressive client meetings to company parties.

 

A Sense of Humour

What makes a boutique B&B? A sense of humour goes a long way.

Boutique B&Bs convey a sense of luxury, but also have a tongue-in-cheek appeal to them as well. It’s another moniker of originality and sets smaller B&Bs apart from traditional ‘luxury hotels’ – it might be a quirky guestbook or a mildly rebellious accessory.

A boutique bed and breakfast is often good-natured, and does all it can to make your stay as memorable as a lamp made out of a mannequin.

 

The beauty of boutique B&Bs lies in their versatility. Unique décor and style, encyclopaedic local knowledge from the owners, and multiple booking options make them an accommodation like no other. If you’re feeling tired of the same cookie-cutter hotel, you don’t need to look much further.