Boutique Hotels: A Big Trend, But What Are They?


Boutique hotels are a big trend in the hospitality industry.  Now it’s starting to hit Sioux Falls.

Just this year, two boutique hotels announced they’re going to open locations in the city.

It’s a 100-year-old building that’s been home to a bank, but soon it will be one of the city’s first boutique hotels.

Hotel Phillips will definitely be unique. Kelly Inns, which has purchased the building in downtown Sioux Falls, plans to keep a lot of the original features, such as the vault and the old mailbox.

“It’s the experience that the traveling public is looking for. We’re so excited to offer it here,” Kelly Inns President Brenda Schmidt said.

Crews will also soon start moving dirt on another boutique hotel, Aloft, at Lake Lorraine.

“Aloft is a whole new concept in hotels,” developer Steve Van Buskirk said.

The upscale hotel seeks to not only attract travelers, but also people from around town.

“They have the lobby as a community space. They book live music inside the lobby,” Van Buskirk said.

These two projects are unique to Sioux Falls, but what exactly makes them boutique hotels?

“I think it’s just not standard,” Van Buskirk said.

There’s no exact definition for the trendy term, but here are some general characteristics. Number one–they have a unique character and design. They also have a hip restaurant or bar, and they’re usually located in trendy areas of a city.

For Aloft that means next to Lake Lorraine and a new retail development. As for Hotel Phillips, it will be in another city hot spot, the growing downtown.

“Being in the heart of the city adds to that experience they’re having,” Schmidt said.  An experience that today’s travelers are destined to enjoy.

“They want a different experience, a unique experience,” Schmidt said.

“This is a special place to stay. It’s not just your typical roadside stay,” Van Buskirk said.

Most boutique hotels also include a lot of technology.

 Hotel Phillips and Aloft both hope to open in around a year.

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