The Good Life, Travel
It’s one of the hottest trends in travel – staying at a Boutique hotel. But what exactly is that and which ones are great?
As with many things, the Boutique Hotel started in New York – it was in the mid-80’s and Ian Schrager of Studio 54 fame opened the Morgans Hotel, which was designed by the legendary Andree Putman. Calling a hotel a boutque implies serious attention to aesthetics. They can be renovated historic buildings or newly built to reflected a particular style They are usually smaller in order to create the feeling of staying at a private estate and they feature attentive, personal service.
Here in Canada some of the best known are the Drake and the Soho Metropolitan in Toronto. There’s the Opus Vancouver, and I just stayed at the brand new 19th Siecle in old Montreal.