Smith Travel BlogTravel tales and hotel news from the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith

Archive for May, 2010

Hotel of the Week: JK Place Firenze

Friday, May 28th, 2010

We’re turning our sights to the noble city of Florence this week and one of the original Mr & Mrs Smith’s all-time favourite hotels – JK Place Firenze, where the interior design is almost as good as the second-to-no-one concierge… Style Private perfection Setting Perched on the piazza Why this week? For this week and […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Mr & Mrs Smith’s very own frontierswoman, Mary, continues her journey to the west, camera at the ready, and drops in on some of the hottest hotels in the neighbourhood… Next stops: the Ranch at Rock Creek and Amangani The Ranch at Rock Creek opened last week (we move fast at Smith). We stopped in […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Hotel of the week: Huvafen Fushi

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The Tube has got sweatier, Brits are getting their toes out and, next door to Smith HQ, the strange half-naked man has started watering his plants again. This means two things: summer is a comin’ and it’s holiday time. Our latest crush is the Maldives, the pearl in the Indian Ocean, and more seductive and […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Smith’s roving hotel hunter, Mary Garvin, has been dispatched on a very special mission – revisit her Stateside homeland, go deep into the Wild West, and don’t come back without finding hotel gold in them there hills. Oh, and take some nice piccies for the Smith Travel Blog, of course. First stop: Dunton Hot Springs, […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Burlesque sashays into Lartigolle

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Who’s says you need to be Immodesty Blaize or Dita von Teese to have a go at burlesque? Head to Gers Saturday 26 June and party like it’s 1949 with a couple hundred French and English hedonists at super-sexy stay, Château de Lartigolle. The fun at this Smith & Friends property in South of France […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Competition: win a 12-night Oz odyssey

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

If you’re a Smith member, or if you pootle past the Smith homepage every so often, you’ll already know that we run regular competitions to win stays at some of Smith’s most stylish boutique hotels around the world. Usually, you might have the chance to win, say, a weekend at a lovely B&B in the […]

Read the rest of this entry »

As people with impeccable taste (for hotels especially, but not exclusively), we at Smith are often on the lookout for fellow style insiders to impart their top tips. Over at Hot Brands, Cool Places, Kaye Thorne is doing just that – hand-picking brands and places she loves then spreading the word… When did you start […]

Read the rest of this entry »

It may have taken a load of men in sharp suits and colour-coordinated ties several days to choose who would be ruling the UK roost, but over at Smith HQ, decision making comes easily. Particularly when a glorious stone former nun’s house in Provence is involved… Style Characterful converted convent Setting Lush L’Occitane land Why […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Gramercy Park VIPs

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Raquel Laneri, writer for Forbes and author of her own blog, Electric Warrior, packed an overnight back and grabbed her Mr Smith to blog for us from the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York Exquisitely manicured, fantastically quiet and unusually secluded: Gramercy Park in New York City. You need a key to get in and […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Ooh la Lalï – Kensal Rise boutique

Monday, May 10th, 2010

We love celebrating stylish destinations and we enjoy discovering local secrets. So this West London emporium caught our eye on Kensal Rise resident, Nelli Turner, the designer behind :bi la li: recently opened Lalï boutique, in the heart of Kensal. We say heart – the truth is, unless you’re paying attention when you stroll […]

Read the rest of this entry »