Holy city of boutiques

By ARIEL DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN
November 1, 2017 17:09

Examining Jerusalem’s boutique hotel trend from the inside




The lobby of the Agripas Boutique Hotel, close to the bustle of the shuk.

The lobby of the Agripas Boutique Hotel, close to the bustle of the shuk.. (photo credit:AGRIPAS BOUTIQUE HOTEL))

Wikipedia defines a boutique hotel as a small hotel, typically having between 10 and 100 rooms, with upscale accommodations. First appearing in the 1980s in cities like New York and Paris, the boutique hotel trend has recently come to Jerusalem, with a plethora of places popping up all around the city.

It’s difficult to pinpoint which was the first. Technically, the Dan Boutique, opened 11 years ago, would win that honor. But since it has 129 rooms, it does not fall within the typical boutique size range. The Dan Boutique actually earned its name after a Facebook poll was shared with loyal Dan customers, asking which name they preferred for the newest in the Dan Hotel chain. Dan Boutique won.

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