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Archive for August, 2008

Smith trips: Juliet takes on Toronto

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Juliet’s been boutique-hotel hunting in not-actually-capital-of-Canada Toronto; Anthony caught up with her when she touched back down… Anthony Good to have you back Juliet – where have you been gallivanting to then? Juliet Hello. I was in North America… New York in July – whew – now that is hot. And I had a cheeky […]

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Music by the Millpond: Bijoumiyo in concert

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

And now, some shameless plugging… The chaps at Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk (one of our most popular boutique hotels), are having a bit of a shindig next week and have asked us to spread the word via the medium of blog. And so we shall. The fun kicks off beside the  millpond at 6.30pm next […]

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Smith: the boutique-hotel bible?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

For exactly 100 years, this year, the world has been unquestioningly accepting one of the oddest trends ever to infiltrate the hotel industry – the Gideons. Yes, the sneaky evangelists have been ‘placing’ their maroon preacher-pamphlets in bedside drawers for a century. We don’t know if the scripture-scattering organisation is planning some sort of party […]

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The boutique-hotel music maestro speaks…

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Hotel soundscape designer, Music Concierge founder, and Mr & Mrs Smith’s very own TuneSmith Rob Wood explains why music is a key part  of the boutique hotel experience, and wonders why so many get it wrong… As a hotel music consultant, I can be something of a difficult customer when I check in for a […]

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Ibiza uncovered: beyond clubland

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Since we’re musing on music this week, and the Ibiza closing parties are looming on the event horizon, we thought we’d spend Friday pondering the other – quieter, greener, more grown-up – side of Ibizan-island life. (NB If you’re the ‘I party-hard, I’ll sleep when I’m dead, and I wanna stay up till dawn with […]

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How Mr & Mrs Smith find boutique hotels

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Lara Dunston asked us recently how we went about finding the wow-inducing boutique hotels in our collection. Juliet has been blogging about what checkboxes a hotel has to tick before it gets into the Smith collection (and a darned fine job she did too), but that doesn’t explain how we’ve got to the front desk […]

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Postcard from Wales

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

After reading Lucy’s Flavorpill post on the blog yesterday, I started thinking about events I’ve been to recently, and the British festival season popped into my head. There’s not another country in the world in which wandering about in sheeting rain and eating food prepared by people with hands grubbier than a mole would be […]

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On-the-pulse online events calendar Flavorpill is a great site to browse if you’re looking for up-to-the-minute listings – from low-brow culture to high-brow classics, comedy to chamber music and everything in between – and it covers some of Mr & Mrs Smith’s favourite city destinations, including New York, Los Angeles, London and Miami. We talk […]

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The coast with the most

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Ah – the Great British seaside, a holiday institution that has seen more revivals and reinventions than Madonna’s on-stage wardrobe. With the Euro gaining strength, the credit crunch biting (anyone else sick of hearing that term already?) and growing interest in train travel and supporting local enterprise, making the most of our very own coast […]

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Hotel or house swap?

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Well, hotels obviously. But then I’m biased. Thing is what do you do if you need to stay away for a longer period, with the whole family when you’re going to New York? A house swap can be one answer – and the best thing about our recent spell in Brooklyn was that it meant […]

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