From the Water Music label in Los Angeles, Boutique Hotel London is a 14-track compilation of lounge, chillout, and downtempo music designed to enhance the atmosphere at elite European hotels. Other titles in the label's series include Boutique Hotel Paris and Boutique Hotel Amsterdam, which both feature a similar array of swanky, warm electronica-lite and easygoing front-of-house jams for stylish jet-setters. Most of the tracks on the London set are sleek instrumentals, but a few modern easy listening vocal songs like Dionigi's "Sunset from a Long Plage" and Solaroid's soulful electro-R&B "Awa's Dream" are sprinkled throughout. A curious inclusion is Aqua E Vanilla's overreaching, all-acoustic cover of the Police's "Every Breath You Take," which feels a bit out of place on a compilation of this sort. In spite of this, the music on Boutique Hotel London will feel right at home during your brief elevator ride up to the fourth floor of your posh Chelsea lodgings.
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AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger