What is a boutique hostel? I'm wondering if we could come up with a definition of "boutique hostel", or if it's just an arbitrary marketing term that doesn't mean anything.
Problems with the term, "boutique hostels":
- there are no difference in facilities between many boutique hostels and non-boutique hostels (e.g., shared bathrooms can be found at top "boutique hostels")
- boutique hostels don't necessarily have better customer ratings and reviews
Are there any facilities that separate "boutique hostels"? It's not private rooms or ensuite bathrooms because those can be found at all kinds of hostels. It might be interior design, but it's a bit arbitrary.
A recent article on boutique hostels in Europe said:
Some people have finally realized that staying in a hostel doesn’t have to be a miserable experience – and bless them for it.
A new trend taking off around Europe is the emergence of the “boutique hostel.” Like the concept of boutique hotels, these hostels have some added frills, modern designs and an urban vibe. Plus, they’re cleaned regularly.
"Clean" is not unique to so-called boutique hostels. The only thing left is "modern designs". The article also implies that staying in a non-boutique hostel is a "miserable experience" which isn't true.
What do you think?
(See also: http://www.hostelmanagement.com/forum/f15/definition-hostel-284.html)
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