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Best Boutique Hotels 2014

Not a fan of large luxury hotels? The world's best luxury boutique hotels are the right choice for your check-in. Small luxury boutique hotels offer an alternative to the typical luxury hotel experience. Expect intimate settings with full service accommodations. These tiny gems offer personalized service, hip exteriors and exquisite furnishings. Many boutique hotels are located in historic buildings, both city and country, that are outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. If you want a completely different luxury hotel experience, check out the World’s Best list of the top boutique hotels.

21c Museum Hotel Louisville | Louisville, United States

21c Museum Hotel Louisville

21c Museum Hotel is more than just a place to rest your head for the night – it's a 90-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum, and award-winning restaurant. The downtown Louisville hotel features friendly, personal service and thoughtful amenities, with a touch of luxury, that is sure to make you feel at home. Located in the heart of Museum Row and downtown Louisville, 21c is an epicenter for culture, activity, and artistic expression.

Abigail's Hotel | Victoria, Canada


Intimately housed in a 1930's Tudor mansion, the adult-oriented Abigail';s blends the romance of the past with the comforts of the present. Each of the 23 beautifully appointed guestrooms has its own characteristic and flair. Many rooms feature soaker baths or jetted tubs, spa robes, down duvets, rich linens, and wood-burning fireplaces. Abigail's is within walking distance of all the major downtown attractions and restaurants.

Amansara | Siem Reap, Cambodia


Amansara, the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, is situated on the edge of Siem Reap just 10 minutes from the entrance to the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in a garden compound, the 24-suite luxury Angkor Wat resort has the ambiance of a private home and is the ideal base for travelers seeking to explore Khmer culture and the majestic ruins of Angkor. A variety of Cambodia temple excursions and cultural walks is available as part of the guest experience.

Aria Hotel Prague | Prague, Czech Republic

Aria Hotel Prague

Aria Hotel is composed of 51 luxurious Prague suites and rooms dedicated to a specific style of music or particular artist or composer. The 5 star Aria Hotel harmonizes the unique musical concept with luxurious accommodations, exceptional servic,e and surprising amenities to offer its guests a symphonic experience. Nestled in enchanting Mala Strana, the Little Quarter, Aria Hotel provides the perfect accompaniment to a stay in the Golden City.

Belmond Casa De Sierra Nevada | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Belmond Casa De Sierra Nevada

Expect flawless luxury in a boutique setting. A cluster of historic buildings at the centre of the city, this charming hotel offers the ultimate Mexican experience. Cool, leafy gardens, stone arches, and traditional wooden doors surround pretty courtyards lit by lanterns as night falls. Peaceful though this is—especially when within the tranquil Laja Spa—just step outside and you are surrounded by San Miguel de Allende's bright energy.

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Opened in June 2012 in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco's main square, this former palace and convent has become one of the city's most exclusive hotels. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests, or their private butler, can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel. VIK (Very Important Kid) program includes special amenities and services for children.

Casa Angelina | Amalfi Coast, Italy

Casa Angelina

The timeless elegance of Casa Angelina's style and service combines with cosseting accommodation, gourmet cuisine, restorative wellness therapies, and an unsurpassed location, delicately perched above the azure tranquility of the Mediterranean. Choose from one of 39 exquisite and luxurious rooms and suites, including the ultra-exclusive Eaudesa rooms, almost at sea level.

Diamonds Star of the East | Zanzibar, Tanzania

Diamonds Star of the East

This is a magnificent private sanctuary of eleven exclusive villas with their own plunge pool and a tastefully furnished terrace, a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and the supreme view over the Indian Ocean and the famous Zanzibar sunset. Personal butler service, a private beach and unmatched all-inclusive services accommodate the most discerning traveller with ultimate comfort, privacy and luxury.

Eichardts Private Hotel | Queenstown, New Zealand

Eichardts Private Hotel

Eichardt's is located in the heart of Queenstown's cafe and restaurant precinct on a premium lakefront setting. The stunning Queenstown hotel, offers accommodation in five luxurious suites with an additional four lakefront apartments. The third offering of luxury accommodation in Queenstown is The Residence – a private villa located on an elevated position with magnificent views over Queenstown Bay over to Queenstown Gardens and the remarkable mountain range.

Hotel Zaza Dallas | Dallas, United States

Hotel Zaza Dallas

Located in the business, arts, and entertainment district of Dallas, Hotel ZaZa is a luxury boutique hotel unlike any other. Here, being a boutique luxury hotel doesn't just mean posh fabrics and thick carpet, it means thoughtful attention to the details of ease. Each of the 152 rooms, Concept Suites, and Magnificent Seven suites are quite simply, exquisite. Hotel ZaZa brilliantly balancing business and leisure, work and pleasure.

Katikies The Hotel | Santorini, Greece

Katikies The Hotel

The luxurious delights of this idyllic retreat in Oia Santorini can be felt in the opulent and extravagant accents throughout. For above all, Katikies Hotel, is a one of a kind luxury hotel in Oia, Santorini, a testament to all that is truly luxurious, synonymous with seamless service, gourmet cuisine, beguiling hospitality, and above all and perhaps most importantly, ultimate romance.

Londa Hotel | Yermasoyia, Cyprus

Londa Hotel

The most elegant of boutique hotels, a stay here brings top quality service, stunning surroundings and the chance to experience the true magic of the island. A refined, contemporary property, this 68-room boutique hotel is set back from the bustle of Limassol, its shore-side setting reflecting the aura of calm and elegance. The Londa Hotel's signature dining and entertainment outlets have fast made a name on the island's social scene.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Regularly voted one of the world's best hotels, this lodge clings to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. The lodge is built from river stone and camouflaged with vines. Meant to blend into the landscape, it's invisible from the floor of the Crater below. At the heart of the lodge burns a glowing fire. Decorated with cave paintings, the rooms are strung around the Crater rim and have a rock-enclosed balcony and view of the amphitheatre below.

Olive Boutique Hotel | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Olive Boutique Hotel

O:live Boutique Hotel presents a unique style of relaxed luxury and intimacy. Its prime location and artistic atmosphere makes this charming boutique hotel part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Behind every detail in O:live lies a story. The Boutique is divided into four areas: Morocco, Spagna, Italia, and France. Inspired in the trilogy of the Mediterranean diet (bread, wine and olive oil), O:liva is helmed by famous chef Nicolas Gomez.

Shoreditch House | London, United Kingdom

Shoreditch House

Shoreditch House is a private members’ club in the heart of East London. It occupies the top three floors and roof of a renovated factory building dating from the 1930s. Next door to Shoreditch House is a Cowshed Relax Spa and a renovated pub containing 26 bedrooms, ranging from Tiny to Small+. There are several bars, a restaurant, a gymnasium, flywheel studio, barber and parlour, ping pong, rooftop pool, and gardens.

The Inn at the Roman Forum

Located just steps from some of the oldest and most precious ruins in Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, The Inn at the Roman Forum boasts charming views of the Campidoglio, Palatin Hill, Roman Forum, and Venice Square. It is the only luxury residence in Rome which houses Roman ruins inside it. At the entrance, a passageway leads you to a Cryptoporticus; an exquisite stone gallery with engravings that can be traced back 2,000 years.

The PAND Hotel | Bruges, Belgium

The PAND Hotel

The PAND Hotel, an 18th century carriage house, has been converted to a 26-bedroom boutique hotel. This unique lifestyle hotel has been decorated in a very distinguished and elegant way, using original antiques, objects of art and opulent fabrics, creating an intimate and cozy atmosphere for its guests. The hotel facilities include an intimate lounge, library, cozy bar, internet corner, WiFi, and a country style breakfast room.

The Upper House | Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The Upper House

The Upper House was designed by with the use of natural materials, distinctive sculptures, and original artwork. The contemporary Oriental design provides an understated feeling of residential calmness. The Upper House's 117 rooms, which feature scenic or island views are the largest in Hong Kong. Bathrooms are framed with panoramic windows,and the 6th floor outdoor lawn and the 49th floor sky lounge are both intriguing venues.

The Waterhouse at South Bund

The Waterhouse at South Bund's, located on the banks of the Huangpu River, 19 guestrooms, destination restaurant, rooftop bar, and enormous event space produce an exhilarating atmosphere. With magnificent views of the Pudong skyline, an area where the city's quaint low-rise architectural heritage is still largely intact, The hotel prides itself on integrating into the traditional local environment and providing guests with an unforgettable experience.

The White Barn Inn | Kennebunk Beach, United States

The White Barn Inn

The White Barn Inn strives to surpass guests' needs and offer world-class service. Numerous amenities await guests throughout the 26 rooms and beautifully landscaped grounds. Every White Barn Inn guest room (and charming waterfront cottage) is appointed with fresh flowers and fruit, plush terry cloth robes, CD system, voice mail and Molton Brown toiletries. Additional services include valet service, same day laundry service, and room service at breakfast.

Winvian | Morris, United States


Nestled in the heart of the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, this 113 acre property is an oasis of nature and serenity, created especially to recharge and indulge. The signature feature of the resort is eighteen individually designed cottages. Guests will experience the unexpected — a night in a treehouse, a stable, or a musical conservatory — and be pampered. Complementing lodgings are the world-class spa and the Restaurant at Winvian.