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Extend your Luxury Cruise with a Stay at a Boutique Hotel

Part of enjoying the luxury cruise experience is spending time in the port of call prior to and after your cruise. Plan to start your vacation a few days early or extend it a few days after disembarking your ship. Why race between the airport and your cruise terminal? Stress should not be an unwelcomed stow away on your vacation!

There's staying at luxury chain hotels that can be very nice. If you are seeking a unique hotel experience, opt for a family owned boutique hotel. Without trading off anything in the luxury department, boutique hotels represent a smaller property with upscale accommodations and personalized service. Most boutique hotels acquire 10 to 100 rooms to allow a comfortable, intimate experience as an alternative to regular chain hotels.

These customized hotels offer specific aesthetics tailored to their location, allowing the guests to feel in more of a vacation trance mindset and attain exceptional customer service. The owners can also change the interiors and upgrade different amenities to their liking.

The term boutique initially surfaced in the 1980s when a hotel in New York City had been compared to visiting a boutique retail store. For most guests, these unique one of a kind stays are a destination within a destination as they are provided with that certain eloquent ambiance. The space is usually very community-oriented with local neighboring markets and shops adjacent to the hotel.

Although each property is custom-made to its geographic location, there are a few commonalities with each boutique-style property. Each hotel provides locally inspired food and beverage offerings with architecture that reflect the aesthetics of each destination. The areas usually convey eccentric personality, exhibiting originality and uniqueness in simply things like the choice of flowers, furniture, designs and more. These small personalized changes can transform the whole mood and setting of the themed space.

Boutique hotels offer upscale amenities glittered with a customized appeal relative to each area. The intricate details and custom art will leave the guests in awe and enhance their overall stay. The boutique sector is one of the fastest growing segments in the hotel industry, making travelers come back again and again to relive the unique experience. Indeed, boutique hotels make perfect companions to luxury ocean and river cruises.

About the writer:

Nancy Holmes Ploener is a Luxury Cruise Advisor with Suite Dream Cruises, LLC, an affiliate of Gifted Travel Network- a Virtuoso member agency. She works one-on-one with clients who want to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Her specialty is helping her clients see the world from the vantage of luxury cruising.

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