Luxe Beat Magazine MAY 2015 - Page 40

Ten Reasons to Stay in a Boutique Hotel This article is courtesy of El Portal Sedona Hotel W hen you travel, there are always plenty of options when it comes to choosing accommodations. All too often, travelers fall back on wellworn choices, choosing the stay at a large, chain hotel with buildings in multiple cities in many different countries. This is an understandable decision because the traveler knows exactly what they’re getting when they book with these larger companies. However, what isn’t talked about nearly as often is what is missed when a chain hotel is picked over a boutique hotel. Yes, you know what you’re getting, but that’s because it is the same in every single city in every single country, which results in a less rich traveling experience. Staying at a boutique hotel can provide a far richer experience when it comes to exploring the area and the accommodations provided. Here are the top ten reasons to stay in a boutique hotel instead of a large chain when you come to Sedona. 1. Unique experience: Staying at a boutique hotel means that you’ll get an experience you cannot get any place else on the planet. The hotel is unique, one of a kind, and what it offers travelers can’t be replicated any place else. 2. More personal service: Many boutique hotels have a lower capacity – fewer rooms overall are available – so it’s possible for owners and staff to provide a much more personalized experience for their guests. They will recognize your face, pet and be more aware of any needs you may have. 3. Location: Many boutique hotels are located in the heart of the city – their smaller size is less disruptive and means they don’t need to be on the outskirts. These hotels are often closest to shopping, dining, and adventures. 4. No Two Stays are the same: Boutique hotels change with the years and the seasons in a way that large chain hotels simply cannot do. You can stay in different rooms with radically different aesthetics and lay outs, experience different events, and much more. 5. Knowledgeable staff: The staff at a boutique hotel are often local, dedicated and incredibly knowledgeable about the area, which allows them to help guests with more nuance and detail than the staff of a large hotel. 6. Local connections: A boutique hotel is a local business, which makes it easier for them to make connections to other local businesses. This can include partnerships with restaurants, tour agencies, spas, and many others that guests can benefit from when they stay. 40