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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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Top 10 best-dressed boutique hotels

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

The votes are in! If you’re one of the 22,000 travel-loving hotel fans who responded to our Smith Hotel Awards 2014 survey, you’ll no doubt be eager to learn which boutique boltholes and stylish weekend stays made it into the top 10 shortlists. Well, wait no longer – we can now reveal the hotels you chose to […]

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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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Hôtel de Nell, Paris: hotel of the week

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Unwind at your own pace in this pared-back Parisian hideaway, Hôtel de Nell, located in a central but pleasingly off-the-tourist-track neighbourhood. Style Minimalist Masterpiece Setting Typically Parisian sans tourists Why this week? February is the perfect time for a quick séjour à Paris as the city is ablaze with the new-season buzz in the run […]

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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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Melbourne chef Shannon Bennett is the talent behind award-winning Vue de Monde. A fine-dining eyrie on the 55th floor of the skyline-scoping Rialto building, it’s arguably the city’s best restaurant. As well as glam adjacent cocktail bar Lui, Shannon’s Melbourne empire spans Bistro Vue and a clutch of informal cafés, including Café Vue Heide set […]

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This Halloween we’re seeking out high-end haunted house hotels, vampy Transylvanian stays, ghostly guesthouses and the most spooktacular events. Our boutique hotels are renowned for being out of this world, but our pick of spine-chilling stays have an added air of mystery – from southern Gothic-style New Orleans’ guesthouses close to the ‘Cities of the Dead’ graveyards, […]

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Top five Eurostar hotels: autumn weekend breaks

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Fancy skipping town without spending half a day at an airport? Jump on the train for an autumn weekend break instead: we know some enticing Eurostar stays just a hop, a skip and a train ride away from the UK. Eco-friendly ‘traincations’ (sorry) are easier, quicker and – seeing as there’s no weight limit for […]

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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 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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