Boutique hotels are usually small, independent properties with a local flair. Typically, boutique hotels have fewer than 100 rooms. Some are significantly smaller. They often have custom design elements, higher-end amenities, and a small but attentive staff.
Not all boutique hotels are independent entities. Some are owned and managed by larger companies. Large or small, boutique hotels set themselves apart with their unique style, intimate setting, and gracious service.