Boutique Hotel Business Reshaping Travel Industry

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Over the past two years, travelers have begun to see a shift away from cookie-cutter hotels based on consistency and predictability, to a more boutique model focused on minimalist design, impressive artwork, thoughtful food and drink options, and a commitment to highlighting local cultures.  This is evident as both well established and upstart hotel companies are rolling out new brands and collections that offer these experiences.  

 “The boutique hotel business is booming,” says Sean Murphy, editor-in-chief of Jetsetter.com.  Murphy explained that these boutique hotels are consistently getting higher nightly rates than traditional hotels.  This has caused a surge of big brands entering the boutique business to gain market share and attract this new age of traveler.  Here are 15 brands that are attempting to appeal to the boutique costumer base by offering an experience that offers a consistent stay with a touch of local culture:

•    AC Hotels by Marriott
•    Canopy by Hilton
•    Cordis Hotels and Resorts
•    Curio—A Collection by Hilton
•    EVEN Hotels
•    Graduate Hotels
•    Hotel Jen
•    Hyatt Centric
•    Moxy
•    OE Collection
•    Proper Hotels
•    Quorvus Collection
•    Radisson Red
•    Virgin Hotels
•    Vib

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