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Strike out from our favourite Smith hotels in Venice and you’ll find hidden food markets, gourmet delis and quirky enotecas – if you know where to look. Part cook book, part travel guide, ‘Venice: Cult Recipes‘ is Italian food writer and stylist Laura Zavan’s new insider guide to eating your way around Venice, packed with local […]

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The Best Newcomer award is a hotly contested one in the travel industry: these hip new hotels are gunning for stardom from the moment the doors swing open, and this latest crop of cool getaways is no exception. The results of the public vote are in: here are your top 10 new hotels for the […]

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At some hotels, going the extra mile isn’t just about great service and staff that can’t be cracked, but an almost psychic attention to detail and obsessive quality control. These hotels are laying on niche niceties – from gourmet-packed minibars to drive-your-own golf buggies – and doling out amusing job titles – we’re talking tech advisors and […]

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You want style, you want service, you want a stay to make your friends green with boutique-bolthole envy… but you don’t want to entirely empty your piggy bank. Smith to the rescue! The hotels on our super-chic shortlist for the Best Budget Boutique gong at the Smith Hotel Awards 2014 boast all of the above […]

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Well, would you look at these magical new photos we’ve just received of Basilicatan wonderland Palazzo Margherita, Francis Ford Coppola’s rareified Baroque bolthole… Can’t you just picture yourself wandering serenely at sunset through that fern-edged courtyard? We can, and we think you look magnificent. Style Don-worthy decadence Setting Coppola’s ancestral comune Why this week? Why not? […]

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We’re a little bit in love with Brazil this month, and I promise it has nothing to do with men kicking balls around. Rather, it’s the sleekly sexy style of Santa Teresa Hotel in Rio (above) that’s stolen our hotel-obsessed hearts – we’re thrilled to add it to our carefully curated collection. Another new addition […]

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Casacau, Rome: hotel of the week

Friday, June 13th, 2014

This week we want to be whisked away for a Roman Holiday complete with endless scoops of gelato, a spot of sight-seeing, and preferably Gregory Peck as our own personal tour guide. With its great location and achingly stylish decor, Casacau hotel in Rome provides the perfect base for exploring. Style Time-capsule pieds-a-terre Setting Steps […]

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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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Top 10 best spa hotels at the Smith Awards

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

When we set out to find the world’s best spa hotel, we had no idea it would be such back-breaking work. No no no, don’t give us that look: scouring reef-fringed bays, pristine rainforests and, yes, Britain’s leafy countryside for splendidly tiled hammams, state-of-the-art spa suites and fairy-fingered therapists is no easy task. We weren’t […]

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Palazzina G, Venice: hotel of the week

Friday, November 29th, 2013

What do Casanova, Canaletto and Vivaldi have in common? Bold, artistic and chivalrous, they were all born in Venice, a romantic floating city of maze-like islands, glittering canals and charming footbridges. Re-tread the history of this fascinating city at boutique hotel Palazzina G. This sleek and sultry retreat is older than all three famous Venetians […]

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