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After our Easter holiday spring-cleaning spree we’ll be in need of a well-earned European city break. Spanish boutique hotel Hospes Palau de la Mar – in architecturally arresting Valencia – appeals to our newfound neat freak with spotless monochrome minimalism… Style Minimalist modern palace Setting Edge of the old town Why this week? Book by 20 April to get […]

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It’s spring! And our top-notch hotel seekers have sprung! (…or something.) This month, we have a diverse array of first-class stays around the world to get you lining up your suitcases by the front door in a wanderlusty frenzy. We begin in Australia, with Canberra’s entirely ungoogleable Hotel Hotel, so cool they named it twice […]

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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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From Andalucia to Barcelona, we guide you to beautiful places you won’t want to leave – although since Spain has many things to see, taste and do, our tips will soon coax you out and about along this colourful coastline… It’s no secret us Brits are a sucker for a sun-kissed escapes to Southern Spain – and […]

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We’ve been all over the place this month, from cities to seas. Our Euro adventures began with a trio of très belles Parisians: minimalist foodie masterpiece Hôtel de Nell, knowingly cool design hub Hôtel Paradis and, just over the river, Left Bank lovely Hôtel Verneuil in Saint-Germain. Then we packed up our macaroons and jumped […]

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Our adventures this month began in Tuscany’s rural hills, where rustic-luxe La Bandita has jaw-dropping views from its infinity pool; then, beautiful Basilicata made us an offer we couldn’t refuse: Palazzo Margherita, the once-crumbling palatial home lovingly restored by Francis Ford Coppola. Then, we were off to meet a duo of lakeside stars: Relais Villa […]

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You already know that Smith hotels and romantic weekends go together like moonlight and music: but what are the other ingredients of a super-stylish mini-break? We’ve rounded up this season’s perfect weekend-away travel companions – from the products that will make eyes sparkle on the Amalfi Coast to the best bedrooms to book in Barcelona… […]

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ABaC, Barcelona: hotel of the week

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Hungry? Good; we’ve got the ideal the place to eat extremely well: ABaC Restaurant & Hotel in Barcelona is our hotel of the week… Style Modern, minimalist and Michelin-starred Setting Hip heights of Zona Alta Why this week? Chef Jordi Cruz has been an estrella fugaç (that’s how you say ‘shooting star’ in Catalan, in case […]

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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 starting the new year as we mean to go on, with a host of heavenly hotels. This month, we’ve already enjoyed a Tuscan tryst: we were seduced by a cosmopolitan Chianti castle, Castello del Nero and also Villa Armena, a baroque villa near Siena. In London, the witty Ampersand hotel in Kensington wowed us, […]

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