Throughout the construction of the Spectator Hotel, I gave many tours to friends and family members. In total, I counted about 10 separate 'Steve Ramos V.I.P. tours.' During those tours, a common question popped up.
What exactly is a boutique hotel?
It's a great question. They certainly don't teach the term in architecture school.
And I think every time I answered that question, my answer changed.
It still does. But now that the Spectator construction is complete, and the hotel is open, I feel like I have a better understanding of what a boutique hotel means.
When I think of what defines a boutique hotel, here are some descriptions that come to mind.
A boutique hotel is small. Typically less than 100 rooms.
A boutique hotel is upscale.
A boutique hotel is unique. A 'one-of-a-kind.'
The smaller scale of a boutique hotel should create an intimate and comfortable atmosphere.
A boutique hotel has a sense of place.
A sense of a place that may seem familiar......
But at the same time extraordinary.
What is a boutique hotel?
The Spectator is a boutique hotel.
The pictures featured above were taken of the Spectator Hotel lobby. The recently opened boutique hotel offers a hospitality experience unlike anything before in the Charleston market. The Spectator is truly extraordinary.
Steve Ramos, AIA, LEED AP
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