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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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Gourmet Getaways #3: Gidleigh Park

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

For the third instalment in our Gourmet Getaways series we’re brandishing our knives and forks in Michael Caines’ much-lauded, two-Michelin-star restaurant at Devon-set moorland manor Gidleigh Park, which takes pride of place in our new gourmet hotels collection. Caines’ cuisine regularly tops foodie-favourite lists; and we’re not ones to argue – in fact we firmly believe that his […]

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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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Postcard from Devon: unwinding at Weeke Barton

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Set on pony-roamed Dartmoor, Weeke Barton is an historic 500-year-old West Country guesthouse – the ideal country retreat for a romantic weekend. Seeking stately homes and scenic rambles, Keith Oswin (from Smith’s member relations team) checked in…  Finding Weeke Barton required some Sherlock Holmes-level hotel hunting: my SatNav was 200 miles away in London, the mobile signal was kaput and the roads […]

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As romantic getaway specialists, we’re dab hands at getting your heart racing. So here’s a little reminder to set your pulse aflutter: there are only four days left before Valentine’s Day. Yes, that’s right, just 96 little hours before the light of your life starts to wonder when that grand gesture of love is going […]

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A stay in North Yorkshire combines country and city, with market towns, scenic hikes in the dales and a trip to York’s lively centre. We’ve teamed up with Visit York to plan the perfect spring city break, when York’s most abuzz with activity. Literary festivals, lavish operas, horse-race hobnobbing and haunted houses can all be found at its historic […]

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An award-winning writer for screen, small screen and digital, Helen Bagnall (below) is co-founder of erudite events organiser Salon London, and runs The Transmission Prize. Here, the literary leading lady takes a magical mystery tour from lofty Liverpool bolthole the Hope Street Hotel, and finds Lebanese street food, pre-party prep stations and coffee with a side of folk harp… […]

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Member relations’ maestro Keith Oswin visited romantic Regency city Bath, where he stayed at the Queensberry Hotel – a genteel Georgian townhouse within walking distance of thermal spas, fine dining and bijou boutiques… It’s always nice to be shown to your room when you check in but few hotels provide an entourage. The two staff members who accompany […]

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At Mr & Mrs Smith, we have a serious love affair with Italy: the history, the food, the architecture, the lifestyle, the food. Thankfully, the Italian Film Festival has hit Australian shores, with screenings at Palace Cinemas across the country. Whether you want to catch a movie in Melbourne, Canberra, Byron Bay, Brisbane or Sydney, […]

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Well. Take a deep breath, everyone. We can’t believe we’re saying this… We are 10 today! Little did we know that, when the first Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotel guide hit shelves, we’d have so much to celebrate a decade on. It’s been quite a ride (an emotional one at that), and although you […]

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