Boutique hotels are very common in Italy, probably due to their intimate atmosphere and the customized services they offer to the guests. Italians, of course, are very famous in the world for their hospitality. They are warm people, who love conviviality and the family. That’s why boutique hotels in Italy are often run by the same family, from generation to generation.
But what does it is a boutique hotel and where to find a good one in Italy?
What is a boutique hotel
The term boutique hotel was invented in the United States during the Eighties. New York, London and San Francisco are the first cities where they have been opened first.
This terms refers to typical medium size or little luxury hotels. They offer just a few rooms – no more than 10 rooms, sometimes up to 100 rooms – but they are all equipped with every comfort.
The main feature of the boutique hotels is their intimate atmosphere.In fact, these are often family-run historic homes where the high level of the services is combined with the courtesy for guests, that is typical of a family-run hotel.
Some countries, such as Italy, pay great attention to guests’ accommodation especially in the more touristic districts, such as the coastal areas and the art cities.
The difference between boutique hotels and classic hotels
The main difference between a boutique hotel and a large hotel concerns the service. In the first case the service is customized and great attention is paid to the customer’s needs. In the second one, a standard service is provided and any extra request could be paid.
Usually, boutique hotels are historic houses or buildings of artistic and cultural value. In other cases they are design hotels, that is to say that they are furnished according to a specific theme or a particular style.
Another difference concerns the management. Usually, the boutique hotel is family run, while large hotels are often part of large chains where services are very standardized.
Also, boutique hotels offers several common spaces for guests, like living rooms, library and gardens. They are designed in order to create a more intimate atmosphere and to offer more personalized services to the guests.
Villa Margherita, a beautiful boutique hotel in Levanto, Italy
Villa Margherita is surely one of the most interesting boutique hotels Italy, set in Levanto, in the enchanting landscape of the Ligurian Riviera.
It is an Art Nouveau typical building. It was built in 1906 and completely renewed in 2006. Nowadays, the Campodonico family owns this historical building and welcome guests from all over the world, for 365 days a year.
Why is it considered as a boutique hotel? Of course, due to the high level services you could enjoy in your room. They are all equipped with every comfort, from TV to shower or bathroom, private parking and wifi connection. These are just a few of the several services you could enjoy in Villa Margherita.