In Elaine Glusac’s article about boutique hotels in smaller US cities, she talks about contemporary art being placed in small rooms and lofty designs being created in small hotels in cities such as those of Oklahoma City. She talks about early iterations of the boutique hotels such as Ace Hotel first arriving to Seattle but since then expanding to larger cities. In addition she mentions that this is an industry that is slowly growing and has a huge room to grow in.
- One of the earliest of its ilk, Ace Hotel (acehotel.com) opened in 1999 in Seattle, and has since progressed to both large cities, including London and New York, and smaller ones, such as Pittsburgh.
- Steve Wilson, a founder of 21c Museum Hotels
- Most of the 21c hotels (21cmuseumhotels.com) occupy repurposed buildings, such as an automobile factory in Oklahoma City
“In some ways, the spread of design hotels reflects a maturing market. “Hotels are slow to adapt because of the amount of capital required to produce a hotel,” said Ben Weprin, the chief executive and founder of Graduate Hotels, which are in college towns.”