10 Best Boutique Hotels Worldwide
Amandari in Bali, Indonesia
Find Your Home Away from Home
When you're on the road, your accommodations shouldn't be a cookie-cutter room that you won't remember when your trip is over. Instead, stay at a boutique hotel, where your digs will be unique, intimate and sometimes even eccentric. Our choices include thatch-roofed suites on Bali, a thirteenth-century Czech monastery and a former mining town's old schoolhouse. Enjoy GAYOT.com's Top 10 Boutique Hotels Worldwide.
Park City, UT
Washington School House Hotel
Long before its first ski resort opened in 1963, Park City was a thriving mining town filled with residents in need of such necessities as banks, hospitals and schools. Though the local mining industry is long gone, remnants of its heyday remain, including this former schoolhouse. Built in 1889, the limestone building is now home to just twelve guest rooms. From its reclaimed wood floors and elegant velvet furnishings to its private art collection and antiques from around the world, it is a bastion of vintage chic. A hearty farmers market breakfast is served in one of the old classrooms, and luxe amenities include a ski valet and in-room massage.
The Upper House
Despite being nestled within Pacific Place, a bustling commercial and retail complex, this intimate property offers the feel of a private residence. Asian chic best describes the style — a subtle blend of neutral tones, clean lines and Oriental accents. Starting on the 38th level, the guest rooms are notably large and feature walk-in rain showers, freestanding bathtubs and panoramic harbor or island views from both the bedrooms and bathrooms. As for the thoughtful details, they range from espresso machines to personal iPod touch systems stocked with suggestions for local attractions. The menu at the 49th-floor Café Gray Deluxe emphasizes organic produce, while the Sky Lounge (on the same level) offers a dramatic setting for evening drinks. Those seeking escape from the over-stimulating streets of Hong Kong need look no further than the sixth floor, home to a quiet garden with a grassy lawn.