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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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This month we’ve been gallivanting all over to globe to bring you our latest batch of boutique beauties. We began in Santorini, where The Tsitouras Collection (above) exudes both character and luxury in spades and Iconic (right) has cave-sheltered rooms, pergola patios and sun-drenched terraces. Next, we island-hopped our way to Mallorca, home to serene […]

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Summer is tantalisingly round the corner, so this month we’ve travelled round the globe to bring you the brightest, sunniest, beachiest stays on four continents. We kicked things off at romantic The Byron At Byron Resort & Spa in Australia, where we fluttered like the resident birds and butterflies between ravishing rainforest and glittering lake. […]

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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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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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Roaring fires, mood-lit showers, outdoor hot tubs and beds large enough to lose yourself in… Set in the pretty rural setting of Chipping Campden, Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is the boutique hotel equivalent of a cashmere-wrapped hot water bottle and a (very stylish) fleecy onesie. You’ll have to try very, very hard indeed to […]

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Chewton Glen, New Forest: hotel of the week

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Chewton Glen hotel in the New Forest is the sort of Hampshire haven that makes a marvellous midwinter hideout: it’s all cosy nooks, sumptuous spa, 24-hour room service and magically appearing staff (the staff-to-guest ratio is two-to-one). Style Spa-spangled manor Setting New Forest pony-country Why this week? We’ve been excitedly awaiting the unveiling of the […]

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Our global escapades this month have taken us to a host of new favourite haunts. We began in the UK, at reinvented rustic retreat Dormy House in the Cotswolds. Then, for something completely different, we jetted off to the beachfront, palm-shaded Constance le Prince Maurice in Mauritius (above). After that, we hit the US. We […]

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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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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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