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Archive for January, 2009

Top 5: Budget boutique hotels around the world

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

To complete our budget boutique hotel blog trilogy (we’ve already covered cheap luxury stays in the UK, and budget-beating boltholes in Europe, in case you missed them), we’ve scoured the Smith collection for a selection of long-haul hotels that still leave you with cash to splash. Here’s our run-down of the world’s most romantic resorts […]

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Top 5: Budget Boutique Hotels in UK/Ireland

Friday, January 30th, 2009

At a time when we’re all looking under our sofas for pound coins, what could be more welcome to us penny-pinchers than a hotel that’s affordable as well as stylish and luxurious? Well, a cheap chic hotel that’s just a short drive away, of course. Following on from Monday’s round-up of Europe’s best bargains, here’s […]

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So have you seen That Letter To Virgin doing the email rounds? It’s a very amusing letter of complaint which was written to Sir Richard Branson following a Mumbai to London flight last month. Well, we tracked down the author of the letter, and we’re hoping the chap behind it will one day visit a […]

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Top 5: Budget Boutique Hotels in Europe

Monday, January 26th, 2009

As promised, here’s the first of three posts on budget boutique hotels – this one focuses on Europe, where, despite the euro’s strength, there are still many bargains to be had, and where the good life is easier to come by for less, if you know where to look… •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 01 Château les Merles DORDOGNE, […]

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Calling all recessionistas, credit-crunchers and those who just love a bargain: let us illuminate the end of your tunnel (if that’s not too personal). Over the next few days, hot on the heels of our posts on super-saver hotel deals and money-saving budget travel tips, we’ll be rounding up our favourite cheap-chic holiday getaways and […]

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Given the current storm in our collective piggy banks, we thought now might be an opportune moment to shamelessly plug politely draw attention to a few of the fantabulous boutique hotel offers that are currently glittering away enticingly on the main Smith site. Every month Mr & Mrs Smith’s hotel guru, the lovely Peggy, puts […]

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Ace! Australian Open beckons down under…

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Mr & Mrs Smith’s new correspondent down under, Simon Westcott, has served up his first portion of travel-blogging greatness from Melbourne, Australia, for the Smith Travel Blog – enjoy! –––––––––––––-––––––––– Iron up those Fred Perry tennis whites, restring the old Slazenger and dust off the McEnroe headband – the Australian Open is now in full […]

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Snow business: five things to do in Adelboden

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Not long before Christmas, me and my soon-to-be-Mrs-Smith found ourselves touching down in the heart of the Swiss Alps, for a weekend reconnaissance mission at Solis Cambrian Hotel & Spa – one of the latest additions to the Smith boutique hotel collection. We visited Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland, a village-sized cluster of gingerbread-house wooden […]

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Ahead of his move into the Capitol on Tuesday, President Elect Barack Obama will no doubt be relieved to hear that we think Washington DC is a great place to hang out. Now, I think he’s already sorted for accommodation (something about a big white house?), but if you’re planning a visit to celebrate the […]

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Former Wall Street stockbroker Ricky Sitomer (below) is CEO of Blue Star Jets, which claims to be the world’s most comprehensive and efficient private-jet brokerage company. Soon to open its first London office, and with access to more than 4,000 executive private jets, the US-based firm arranges charter of private aircraft for flights to any […]

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