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Understanding the Difference between a Chain and a Boutique Hotel

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Updated: Dec 28, 2019 02:20 AM EST

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Understanding the Difference between a Chain and a Boutique Hotel

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Traveling from one part of the world with minimal hassle requires knowledge that you acquire over time through experience or by reading reviews. In this article, we assess chain and boutique hotels and what sets them apart. If you are a travel enthusiast, you may have come across both, but you did not know that they are different in one way or another. It is crucial to understand what they are first to identify the difference between a chain and a boutique hotel. 

Boutique hotels are those designed to offer a unique experience, and they cater to a small number of people at a time. The lack of a lengthy corporate structure, as is the case with chain hotels, gives those in this category a chance to offer patrons a personalized experience. The amenities availed in boutique hotels are tailored to meet the needs of travelers, and condor is a good example that you can check out to get a feel of what a boutique hotel is. The number of rooms in such a hotel is anywhere between twenty-five and one hundred. 

Chain hotels, on the other hand, are those that are created to tend to the needs of many people at a go. A chain hotel is usually a part of a series of hotels owned by the same franchise. Hotels in the same family operate with the same set of rules and procedures slightly tweaked to fit within a jurisdiction. Given the nature of their administration and the size of the establishments, it is hard to offer each visitor coming in a personalized experience. 

From the definitions, you can already tell that size is an aspect that sets these two types of hotels apart. Boutique hotels are smaller in size when compared with chain ones. The managerial aspects between the two types of hotels are also different, and this, in turn, affects how the clientele is handled in the respective establishments. 

Standardization and optimization chain hotels work using specific criteria that ensure all guests are treated equally irrespective of who they are. This way, all guests who visit the establishment are treated the same way. In boutique hotels, the experience is tailor-made to fit each guest and achieving the standards that each individual requires the enterprise to meet. 

Chain hotels have standard procedures that ought to be followed in case of anything across all their branches, which is not the case with boutique hotels as they may be available in only one location. If you are looking for a seamless encounter without having to explain your needs, then the chain hotels will work better for you. Alternatively, if you are interested in a hotel that will pay special attention to all your needs, then the boutique hotels are your go-to.

Conclusion 

The choice of whether to choose a chain or a boutique hotel is influenced by the locality that you are visiting and why you need to stay in a hotel. If you are visiting a new jurisdiction, you should consider staying in a chain hotel that has clear guidelines. 

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