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Spring is finally here and we’re bursting with joy. Barbecues! Bare legs! Long afternoons in the park! The capital is tipsy on sunshine and heading to the best roofs with a view, cocktail firmly in hand. Our pick of the crop? The magnificent sixth-floor pool at London spa hotel Shoreditch House, a splendid stretch of […]

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Top 10 hotels to book for Easter

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Sorted out your Easter weekend plans? No? Tsk tsk. We’ve done the hard work for all you time-short, plan-lacking escape-seekers by rounding up short-break destinations for the fast approaching long weekend. We’ve still got plenty of romantic hotels with Easter availability (but probably not for long): below are 10 of our favourites. Be it country comforts, […]

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Crowdsauce: London’s best bars

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Here at Smith HQ we all have strong opinions on the best bars in London, so when one of our New York Travel Team consultants had a GoldSmith client heading our way and seeking tucked-away drinking dens, she sent up the Bat-Signal (Smith-Signal?). Five minutes later, she had ‘crowdsauced’ a list of recommendations sure to […]

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Hunting down the world’s most romantic hotel rooms – and giving them a thorough going over, of course – is our raison d’être, so the Sexiest Bedroom in the World category at the Smith Hotel Awards got our pulses racing. Boutique hotel lovers (and dirty-weekenders) voted for bedrooms that inspired them to swing from the chandeliers – from Hampshire […]

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Chef Sophie Michell’s new Pont St address

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Food writer, TV host and chef Sophie Michell has been cooking professionally since she was a teenager. Now taking the helm of Pont St restaurant in London’s Belgraves hotel, she’s fast gaining a reputation for light, creative dishes and a Californian spin on seafood. Britain’s youngest female executive chef talks sea urchins, her new airport restaurant, and lunching with […]

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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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Clerkenwell may be one of the capital’s quieter enclaves, replete with cobbles, idiosyncratic 13th-century and ultra-modern architecture and industrial-chic warehouse conversions; but it’s also home to one of our favourite new London boutique hotels, the hip and historic Zetter Townhouse… The Zetter Townhouse feels like a stay with your kooky rich relative, likely because the sister […]

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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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You’ve probably got the hang of this by now, but just to recap; when we find a Smith-worthy boutique hotel, we send our super-secret reviewers and their significant others undercover to give it the once over. No pillow is left unturned as they check whether the beds really are as comfy, and the baths as […]

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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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