No denying that boutique hotels have a certain charm with upscale accommodations. These small hotels offer guests a more intimate setting typically offering between 10 and 100 rooms — and no two boutique hotels are the same, embracing their own style. And travelers are quickly entranced with the little quirks of each of these boutique hotels. From unique decor with local art to themed rooms, fine dining to casual eats, here are 6 boutique hotels you will love.
Boutique Hotels in Colorado
I live here, so boutique hotels in Colorado have a special place in my heart.
As I wrote in my review: “Located in downtown Denver’s Cultural District, this boutique hotel is simply unique, capturing the contemporary art scene as if the hotel were its sketching pad.” the ART, a hotel, located in Denver, proudly displays its namesakes (art) throughout from its open-air lobby to its rooms.
The exterior of this boutique hotel is nondescript, but once you step inside, you are greeted with art, art, art and more art. Each guest room floor also features a particular artist, showcased in the hallways and in each of the guest rooms. There is even an in-house art curator who assembled this hotel collection.
Another favorite Denver boutique hotel is The Maven, located in the Dairy Block near Coors Field (Go Rockies!) and Union Station. Playful, modern, hip and just a fun place to stay, don’t miss an opportunity to stay at The Maven. Part of the unique hotel experiences created by Sage Hospitality, The Maven is sister properties to these other awesome downtown Denver hotels: the boutique Crawford Hotel at Denver’s Union Station, the historic Oxford Hotel, and the funky and fun Curtis Hotel.
We enjoyed an adult weekend with one of our daughters and the location is perfect. The 8-story building blends into the industrial feel of the neighborhood, with a simple yet stylish design and a nod to the historic brick buildings former “life” as Windsor Dairy (thus the name of the block…).
Boutique Hotels in New Mexico
As a state known as the “Land of Enchantment,” of course, New Mexico has to offer its own unique spin on boutique hotels.
Once checking into The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, this cozy hotel with its friendly staff will immediately make you feel at home. Its ski-in/ski-out location to Taos Ski Valley will seal the deal. My multigenerational family couldn’t ask for more from this New Mexico boutique hotel.
We loved how this local hotel embraced the cultural experiences of Northern New Mexico. The decor blended the state’s Hispanic and Native American cultures. Art and artifacts begin the cultural journey with beautiful curated artwork, photographs, and pieces.
The deluxe rooms were spot on for our multigenerational family of 5, with plenty of elbow room. And bonus – our room was steps away from the outdoor pool.
Another favorite of my husband and mine is the Taos Inn. As often is the case, this boutique hotel is also historic. With its location just north of the downtown Taos Plaza, this 19th century adobe compound stretches nearly a block along a busy street. A National Historic Landmark since 1982, from its 2-story lobby to its quaint 44 rooms, this historic New Mexico boutique hotel is popular with both locals and travelers.
Boutique Hotel in Oregon
Although perhaps stretching the boutique hotel nametag with its 140 rooms, the kitschy and oh-so-Portland Hotel Rose really felt boutique-y. It’s funky, fun, and a little “out there” but our family loved the bright colors and artsy surprises.
The nondescript cement office building turned hotel had little character in the evening, or for that matter in the light of day. But as I mentioned, the lobby of the fun and kitschy Hotel Rose Portland set the stage for exploring this unique Pacific Northwest city. The hotel is part of the Pineapple Hospitality group, which may explain the bright colors, and a tendency toward yellow — or maybe that’s just a “Keep Portland Weird” thing?
Boutique Hotels in Mississippi
A designer historic hotel, the Old Capitol Inn, Jackson, Mississippi, brought a whole new feel to boutique hotels. I admit a little trepidation as we drove to the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Mississippi through neighborhoods with slightly run-down homes and businesses, past old warehouses, some abandoned.
However, once we arrived in the heart of downtown Jackson, the Old Capitol Inn, stood proudly blocks from the city’s capitol building. A beautiful and historic boutique hotel, the Old Capitol Inn was a former YWCA, within walking distance of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol.
Its 24 guestrooms are in various sizes and pricing, all individually designed. Ours was hunter themed, even including a photo of a tiger in the sitting room, which also included a breakfast nook, complete with mini-refrigerator and table. The rooftop garden was gorgeous with a view of the capitol.