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The Drake in Toronto has its finger firmly on the pulse of culture. It’s like that friend who knows all the cool cats; the one who is just as able to slip you a hard-to-come-by recording of an up-and-coming band, as drop into conversation a reference to a classic movie you know you should have seen but […]

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Top 10: quirky room perks

Monday, November 18th, 2013

It’s true, we never mind being packed off to our room. After all, testing the bedsprings and lathering up with bath potions is all in a day’s work. And we especially love discovering added incentives for hanging out the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. So we’ve compiled a top 10 list of Smith hotels with unexpected extras […]

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We have something we’re very excited to show you… our very first handpicked hotels in Japan! Meet Beniya Mukayu in Kanazawa (bottom right), the Park Hyatt Tokyo (below) – yep, the one where Scarlett Johansson lounged around in her underwear in Lost in Translation – and, also in Tokyo, the very cool Claska hotel. Entirely different […]

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The Drake, Toronto: hotel of the week

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The Toronto International Film Festival may have helped put this city’s culture on the map, but the fact is that Toronto has been trendy for a long time. Just look at the Drake hotel, a self-proclaimed ‘Hotbed for Culture’ with its hot music club downstairs, cutting-edge art throughout and the forefront of new Canadian cuisine […]

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This month the Smith team got back in the saddle, hitting the dusty trail in search of the best luxury hotels around the globe. First up, we arrived in sunny Spain, where we strapped on our Marengo riding boots, crossed the Sierra Nevada and travelled back to 19th-century Andalucia at stylishly antiquated Cortijo Del Marqués, a manor […]

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We’re joining the locals in Canada’s capital of cosmopolitan cool, Montreal, in swapping out our dark and moody heavy layers for a dark and moody sleeveless look to welcome summer. And, there’s no place better set for taking advantage of all the season of festivals and outdoor markets has to offer than the sleek Hotel St Paul. Style Beaux […]

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This month, we started our search for stylish stays by sipping whisky at The Atholl, a suite-only townhouse in Edinburgh. After all that hard work, we headed south to soak up the rays at romantic Tuscan village retreat Monteverdi and relax at Imani Country House, a rural haven in Portugal. Over in Australia, we partied […]

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This month, we enjoyed some barefoot bliss at Niyama in the Maldives, iconic Australian adventure at Arkaba Station & Walk in Flinders Ranges, some super-luxe suites at Indigo Pearl on Phuket’s northern shores, and a Euro-Thai high rise named Hotel Muse in Bangkok. In Marrakech, we discovered Palais Namaskar, a Balinese-inspired masterpiece (above), and in […]

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Hotel of the week: The Hazelton Hotel

Friday, October 30th, 2009

This week, we’re donning our snoods* and heading to Canada, home to mountie, moose and maple. Toronto is a  shimmeringly clean city of towering high-rises, and, in winter, has that kind of fresh chilly air that makes you glad to be alive (and wearing a coat). It’s a also a great place to do your […]

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Gown and out in Portland and Montreal

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

It’s a familiar dilemma for Mrs Smiths everywhere: you’ve booked a romantic city break but on planning your vacation wardrobe, find it somewhat lacking in luxury boutique-hotel finesse. We think we’ve found the solution – meet Girl Meets Dress (GMD), a website offering designer threads for hire, with fresh frocks in stock weekly. For as […]

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