By: David Eisen
“Sometimes perfection is not the objective. At least in the boutique and independent hotel space.
That sentiment was made clear during an aptly titled panel at the Independent Lodging Congress, “Wabi-sabi Aesthetic,” here at The William Vale hotel. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.
Imperfection, to be sure, is a counter response to traditional hotel brands, where the goal uniformly is perfect standardization. But in the boutique/independent ecosystem, guests appreciate, if not seek out imperfection, which, in other words, means evolution continuance and a raw edge.
At least that’s how panelists made it sound………..”