What in the heck is a “Boutique Hotel”? I thought the same thing when I first heard the term. Wikipedia defines it as “intimate, usually luxurious or quirky hotel environments”…but it’s so much more than that. If you’ve never stayed at a Boutique Hotel, then you should definitely treat yourself and try one on for size. You will probably never go back to a "mainstream" hotel again. A Boutique Hotel is special in that it is smaller and more personalized...I would call it “designer”. Also many of these little gems are historic and located in charming downtown environs. Don’t let the size fool you though…often these hotels often exceed chain hotels in the amenity department, often fitted with Jacuzzi tubs, wet bars, Wi-Fi internet, heated marble bath floors, and quality, intimate dining and lounge facilities. Instead of the prototypical "box by the road", a real, "honest-to-goodness", quality Boutique Hotel will transform your lodging expectations with an exciting and special experience.
The Blackhawk Hotel in Cedar Falls is a real, historic (listed in the National Register of Historic Places) Boutique Hotel with tons of character. It is certainly a place to go when you want to treat yourself to something special. Travelers often comment that a hotel stay is usually the most dull frustrating part of a trip…but a stay at the Blackhawk IS the trip. The hotel has been renovated to retain its historic character while still offering the best amenities…just as a modern hotel would offer. The gorgeous hotel is packed with beautiful antiques, wonderful original artwork, and fun historic artifacts. There is so much history behind the hotel…but that is another blog entry lol! The history and historic surroundings add so much to the environment, making it something very special. Come on down and visit us…take a look around, and you will see first-hand what a Boutique Hotel is all about.
Whether you decide to stay at the Blackhawk, or another Boutique hotel, I do highly recommend that you give it a try. You will find that a trip to a real hotel can be fun and exciting, instead of just ordinary.