Boutique Hotels in North Carolina

The word “boutique” is thrown around a lot these days, especially in the world of hospitality. However, most experts can agree on several key factors that set boutique hotels apart from other lodging options. We are excited to share what makes a boutique hotel “boutique” so that you can better understand what we have to offer at The Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge! For all you travel enthusiasts out there, we also wanted to share some information about several other inspiring, beautiful boutique hotels located throughout NC. So read on to learn more about boutique hotels in North Carolina.


What is a boutique hotel?

Boutique hotels are notorious for their unique amenities, history, and character. The boutique experience is often highly personalized, and you’re sure to be greeted warmly upon arrival. At the Horton Hotel & Rooftop Lounge, we’re incredibly passionate about service. From the moment that you walk through our front door, we want you to feel comfortable and welcome. We hope that you’re able to feel all of the passion that we’ve poured into the creation of this hotel.

Most boutique hotels are small, and generally have less than 100 rooms. Creating intimate atmospheres that are warm and inviting, serving up delicious small plates and drinks, and representing the vibrant culture of their neighborhoods are just a few key things you can expect if you choose a boutique hotel. At the Horton we’re also passionate about our community, and sticking true to the values of boutique properties, we strive to be as neighborly as possible. My favorite boutique hotels are typically independently owned properties.

I’ve stayed at some amazing big name “boutique” hotels, but I tend to really love the quirkiness of a small, locally owned property. I’m always particularly excited to hear the story behind the hotel. I love being able to meet the owners, managers, and interact with the passionate staff that make the magic happen. The majority of people I’ve met in these roles have such a vested interest in their community, and that is so exciting to me.


Experience boutique hotels in North Carolina!

If you love the boutique experience, we encourage you to check out some of the hotels listed below. We’ve visited several of them, and were highly impressed with their service and atmosphere. We haven’t made it to a few of them, but it’s safe to say that the reviews of these places speak volumes about their commitment to service.

The Windsor Hotel in Asheville, NC

The Windsor is in located in downtown Asheville in a beautifully restored historic building, which was originally built in 1907. Enjoy hand selected artwork and decor throughout the hotel, including pieces purchased both locally and in Paris.

The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, NC

…where nature and art collide. This dreamy boutique hotel features breathtaking landscapes, both inside and out. You’ll feel like you’re miles away from it all, but really you’re just a short drive from all that Raleigh-Durham has to offer.

21c Museum Hotel in Durham, NC

Art museum meets boutique hotel! 21c is located in the center of downtown Durham. This boutique offers a truly unique experience. Browse over 10,500 square feet of exhibition, dine in their award winning restaurant, or lounge downstairs in the building’s original bank vault. Yes, you read that right: bank vault.

The New Public House in Blowing Rock, NC

The New Public House is one of our favorite neighbors. Located in downtown Blowing Rock, the New has an innovative cocktail bar, a farm-forward restaurant, and light and airy guest rooms. On weekends they serve a fabulous brunch!


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If you have the opportunity, we highly recommend checking out some of these other boutique hotels in North Carolina. And of course, we hope to meet you at the Horton too! We are proud to represent our small, colorful mountain town! And we are excited about sharing some of our favorite things about Boone with you, while providing a truly unique boutique experience.

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