Managers’ perceptions of the adaptive reuse of heritage buildings as boutique hotels: insights from Iran

Zahed Ghaderi*, Mohammad Hossein Dehghan Pour Farashah, Ehsan Aslani, Bahar Hemati

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Due to the paucity of empirical research in the field of boutique hotels, sometimes also known as heritage hotels, this study investigates the impressions of boutique hotel operators regarding the adaptive reuse of historical and old buildings into tourist accommodations. Data were collected through semi-structured face-to-face interviews with 22 boutique hotel operators in Yazd, Iran, in 2019. The results showed that, unlike the investigations of previous studies, the business of boutique hotels is not economical in Iran. The results also show the deficiencies in knowledge and experience of operators and limited ties to the local community despite the recommendations of previous research. The paper also suggests that though the concept of boutique hotels has emerged since the 1980s, uncertainties remain about what defines a boutique hotel and what industry practitioners understand about them owing to the lack of standardized criteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-708
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Heritage Tourism
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • adaptive reuse
  • Boutique hotels
  • heritage hotels
  • historical buildings
  • Iran
  • Yazd

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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