Difference Between Boutique Hotels & Franchise Hotels

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between independent boutique hotels and branded franchise hotels? There are some pretty big differences in terms of amenities, location, facilities and services. At the Ellis Hotel, we’re very proud of our independent boutique status, and we’d like to point out what puts boutique hotels a cut above the rest.

Personalized and Local Experience

Boutique hotels are seeing a renaissance as travelers look for more local, authentic travel experiences. Whether people are traveling on business, a honeymoon, or vacation, they are looking to boutique hotels to satisfy their accommodations needs. Boutique hotel rooms are cozier than their large hotel chain counterparts, offering that personal feel you just can’t get anywhere else. These independent hotels build up their personality and incorporate local touches into their artwork, furniture, toiletries, and decorations throughout the hotel. Boutique hotels work hard to take advantage of the flavor of their region, especially in their restaurant where all of the food served is locally sourced

Tailored Features and Amenities

Intimate in size, a boutique hotel offers anywhere from 25 to 125 rooms in all. Any smaller and it would be considered a bed and breakfast or an inn. Its small size contributes to its cozy ambiance and personalized attention. Compared with franchise hotels, which can have hundreds and even thousands of rooms, boutique hotels span less acreage and focus instead on charm, intimacy, and meeting your personal needs. Just because they’re small, though, doesn’t mean their style suffers. Expect high-end accents incorporated into these hotels that won’t skimp on luxurious amenities.

This also means that you may not find the large features that you would at franchise hotels, such as pools, fitness centers, large banquet rooms, conference centers, and long lines at the front desk. Many boutique hotels have smaller versions of these amenities, instead, such as a fitness room, bar or lounge, small pool or hot tub, common sitting area and small buffet for morning breakfast.

Central City Locations

Boutique hotels are reliably close to the heart of their city. Because of their smaller size, you’ll often find boutique hotels nestled in downtown areas, perfect for fitting into a big city space. This means you get premium access to local attractions and events without the impersonality of big hotels and the inconvenience of long elevator waits. For example, as an Atlanta boutique hotel, the Ellis Hotel offers immediate proximity to all downtown attractions, such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, Centennial Park, and the soon-to-open College Football Hall of Fame and National Center for Civil & Human Rights. Seeking out downtown Atlanta boutique hotels during your stay for business or pleasure is a wise idea to take advantage of close proximity to Atlanta’s main hotspots. After a long day, you can stroll back to your boutique hotel for a warm welcome by staff and a delightful dinner in the on-site restaurant and lounge before hitting the hay.

Often featuring stylish amenities and furnishings, boutique hotels offer much more than their small size implies. They may be located in renovated historic castles or modern buildings, featuring trendy artwork, award-winning restaurants, high-speed Internet access, sleek guest rooms with luxurious bedding, and access to memorable local experiences. To experience an award-winning boutique hotel in Atlanta for yourself, book a room at the Ellis Hotel today.

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