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Boutique Hotel Winners of the Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2016

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Culver Hotel, Culver City, California, TravelingWithoutANet.com

What comes to mind when you think of boutique hotels? For me, the term sparks immediate thoughts of comfort, amenities, and a personal touch to make each visitor feel catered to and appreciated. Some are expensive, while others are surprisingly reasonable given how many custom touches are added to each visit. Some hotels are housed in historic homes, while others are “museum” spots or living inside refurbished factories. No matter the venue or price range, each experience at a boutique hotel is going to be unique.

With this in mind, Hotels.com assessed guests reviews and thoughts to form this year’s “Best of Boutique” list. It includes hotels all over the world, and, no doubt, includes places that will immediately be added to travel bucket lists!

The Top Ten ‘Best for Boutique’ Award Winners (Hotels.com)

  1. Montalcino, Italy – Castello di Velona SPA Resort & Winery
    4.7 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $484 per room per night
  2. Florence, Italy – Hotel L’Orologio
    4.7 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $184 per room per night
  3. Culver City, California – The Culver Hotel
    4.6 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $271 per room per night
  4. Miami, Florida – The Anglers Miami South Beach, a Kimpton Hotel
    4.6 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $188 per room per night
  5. Krabi, Thailand – Nakamanda Resort and Spa
    4.6 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $131 per room per night
  6. Whistler, Canada – Sundial Boutique Hotel
    4.6 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $114 per room per night
  7. Vienna, Austria – Saint Shermin
    4.6 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $103 per room per night
  8. Barcelona, Spain – Hotel Bagues
    4.5 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $244 per room per night
  9. Berlin, Germany – Hotel Gendarm Nouveau
    4.5 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $100 per room per night
  10. Bangkok, Thailand – Praya Palazzo
    4.5 out of 5 guest review rating on Hotels.com
    From $91 per room per night

 

I was particularly excited to see The Culver Hotel in California on the list. This gorgeous historic hotel sits in the midst of a flourishing downtown in Culver City, California (just a stone’s throw away for those planning trips to Los Angeles this year). Close to numerous restaurants, galleries, and the world-famous Kirk Douglas Theatre, a stay at The Culver Hotel puts you in perfect position to walk to numerous entertainment options – not to mention it is only a short drive to beaches and LA hot spots.

Hotels.com also named The Culver Hotel to their “best of the bunch” list. Why?

“Built in 1924 this uniquely shaped flatiron building was once owned by movie star John Wayne and whilst he was more famous for his westerns, today this 4-star artfully designed hotel oozes vintage glamour, a European edge and a romantic cinematic history. Movie stars and former presidents have stayed in this architectural gem in downtown Culver City, so every room has a story. Today, this 46 bedroom manor hotel has created the perfect balance between classic and modern as the rooms feature crystal chandeliers, antique armoires and reinvented vintage finds artfully paired with contemporary custom made pieces.”

Did any of your favorite boutique hotels make the list? If so, sound off in the comments!

 

(This article was originally posted on Examiner.com. Due to that site’s closure, it has been republished here).

20 Comments on Boutique Hotel Winners of the Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2016

  1. I live so close to Culver City, so it was so cool to see that it is in the top 3! I’ve never been or heard of it, so now I just want to go and check it out.

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 6, 2016 at 10:50 pm // Reply

      We were so intrigued by the Culver Hotel being on the list that we went to happy hour there the other day. It was so fun– very old Hollywood glamour!

  2. I don’t like lists like this because it’s leaving out so many other wonderful places that deserve recognition too. It actually makes me think if these hotels are paying for a spot (just being honest).

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm // Reply

      It’s possible. It’s also highly skewed toward the sites’ readers who are interested and willing to vote or rate hotels throughout the year. I’m terrible at actually going back to a booking site and giving the hotel a rating, even though I know boutique hotels need the word of mouth more than the bigger chains.

  3. I’m not really into boutique hotels, but I thought it was cool that John Wayne once owned The Culver Hotel.

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 7, 2016 at 3:13 pm // Reply

      It’s quite the grand place still. We were so intrigued after seeing the list that we actually went to The Culver Hotel for happy hour. Very “Old Hollywood” feel to the place.

  4. Oh wow, this is an interesting list to keep handy when traveling around! I would love to stay at the boutique hotel in Florence! It’s one of my favorite cities and that hotel still seems affordable! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Woohoo, Thailand represent twice! Once in Bangkok, yay! 🙂 Nice to see them on the list.

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm // Reply

      I need to start saving so that I can check out each of these. Of course, by that time, they will have generated a new list. Ha!

  6. I love boutique hotels, I’ll have to check some of these out. Thanks for sharing the list. ^^

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm // Reply

      I love them, too! Boutique hotels always seem to have something unique about them, or character to them.

  7. I haven’t stayed at any of these hotels. I’m actually not sure I’ve stayed at any boutique hotels since I tend to either stay in very cheap places or historic hotels/B&Bs if I’m looking to splurge. But the one in Culver City does look nice.

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 7, 2016 at 10:32 pm // Reply

      We just stopped in for happy hour the other day, and The Culver Hotel still has that old Hollywood feel to it. Very cool!

  8. I’ve only recently started staying in hotels. Previous travel really involved a lot of time with friends. I do try to use boutique hotels when I can, and hopefully I can visit some of these in the future.

  9. I like staying in Boutique Hotels but I haven’t been to any on this list. Some look quite affordable!

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 9, 2016 at 3:34 pm // Reply

      I think we’re close to split between larger hotels vs boutique options — it really depends on the city and the deals sometimes. But I’ve loved the boutique hotels we’ve so far, and this list makes me want to explore more.

  10. When staying in hotels, I will always choose a boutique hotel over a big name or chain hotel every time. I just feel like there is so much more care, personal attention and touches with boutique hotels. This sounds like a great list with very reasonable prices!

    • PatriciaSteffy // July 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm // Reply

      I think that is often true. We’ve found some really charming boutique hotels in places like Carmel and Cambria, that weren’t all that expensive either.

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