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World's Best Hotels » Best Boutique Hotels 2014
Best Boutique Hotels 2014

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, KY, United States

Voted #1 Hotel in the South in Conde Nast Traveler magazine's Readers Choice Awards 2012, 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky is the first of its kind-- a 90-room hotel dedicated to world-class luxuries, Southern-style hospitality and contemporary art from living artists. Nestled in the heart of Museum Row and downtown Louisville, 21c is an epicenter for culture, activity, and artistic expression. Whether a visiting Bourbon Country, spending at day at...

Abigail's Hotel | Victoria, British Columbia , 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 (deriving from the Sanskrit "aman", peace, and "apsara", the heavenly nymphs of ancient Hindu mythology) opened in December 2002 in Siem Reap, the cultural heartland of ancient Khmer civilization. It is an ideal venue for exploring the Angkor complex and its surrounds. Amansara, formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, has been refurbished as an intimate 12-suite resort. Situated only 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor, this private...

Aria Hotel Prague | Prague, Czech Republic

One of the world’s leading musical destinations, Prague, with its rich cultural heritage, served as the inspiration for architecture firm Spatium best known for their work for Gianni Versace. Architect Rocco Magnoli, along with his partner Lorenzo Carmellini, was commissioned to create a beautiful and architecturally distinctive luxury Prague hotel. Magnoli incorporated the notes of past and present to create an exquisitely-designed 5 star luxury Prague hotel....

Casa Angelina | Amalfi Coast , Italy

Ease into Casa Angelina's welcoming embrace, and leave a little of the world behind you, safe in the knowledge that you will find the time and space to rediscover those forgotten rhythms of long days and easy nights. The timeless elegance of style and service combines with cosseting accommodation, gourmet cuisine, restorative wellness therapies and an unsurpassed location, delicately perched above the azure tranquillity of the Mediterranean. Choose from...

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

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.

Diamonds Star of the East | Tanzania , Zanzibar

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

Eichardt's opulent suites invite guests to soak up a sense of quiet before exploring one of the world's truly remarkable locations. The hotel provides accommodation in five luxurious suites with stunning lake and mountain views. The historic building is in the premium lakefront position at the heart of Queenstown's cafe and restaurant precinct, with some of the finest international shopping labels an easy stroll away. Inhale the invigorating alpine air - then...

Hotel Zaza Dallas | Dallas, TX, United States

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, Cyclades Islands, Greece

A legendary Oia Santorini Hotel in a Unique Location. Inspiring deep emotions of enchantment and fascination, The Katikies Hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its leading luxury, unparallel services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment in Oia Santorini, inviting its guests to experience moments of pure luxury. A Santorini legend and leading hotel in Greece, the Katikies Hotel is synonymous...

Londa Hotel | Yermasoyia, Limassol, Cyprus

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 | Tanzania - United Republic, Tanzania

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

Inspired by the "art de vivre," O:live Boutique Hotel presents a unique style of relaxed luxury and intimacy. Its prime location and artistique 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. Each floor showcases details that draw inspiration from each country. The artwork in the hallways is...

Palacio Nazarenas | Cuzco, Peru

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.

Shoreditch House | London, UK

Opened in June 2007, Shoreditch House occupies the top three floors and roof of a renovated warehouse in London's East End. Its rooftop space has recently been extended with the addition of the Garden and Lazy Lawn. Adjacent to the club are a Cowshed Relax and a renovated pub containing 26 bedrooms for overnight stays. Food and drink are served everywhere. Guest rooms are available to reserve by both members and non-members. The luxury hotel occupies the...

Located just a few 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 represented by Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is the only luxury residence in Rome which actually houses Roman ruins inside it. At the entrance, a passageway leads you to a Cryptoporticus; an exquisite stone...

The PAND Hotel | Bruges, Belgium

The PAND Hotel, an 18th century carriage house, has been converted to a 26-bedroom boutique hotel. The PAND is a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The hotel is owned by the family Stuyts and you will be welcomed by an enthusiastic and dedicated team. 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...

The Upper House | Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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 | Shanghai, Huangpu District, China

The Waterhouse at South Bund, located on the banks of the Shanghai's Huangpu River, inexorably raises the city's boutique hotel stakes, leaving its competitors trailing hopelessly behind. Its 19 guestrooms, destination restaurant, rooftop bar and enormous all-purpose event space produce an exhilarating atmosphere and breathe new life into the Shanghai market. With magnificent views of the Pudong skyline, an area where the city's quaint low-rise architectural...

The White Barn Inn | Kennebunk Beach , ME, United States

The White Barn Inn and Spa has been ranked one of the top 15 hotels in New England by the Conde Nast Travelers Readers' Choice Awards. White Barn Inn Restaurant has been honored with numerous awards and accolades. The restaurant is the recipient of the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Award for the 12th consecutive year, the only restaurant in Maine and one of only three restaurants in New England to earn this distinction. In addition, it was also named to the...

Winvian | Morris, CT, 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.