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On Thursday night, in the middle of Marylebone, London’s hottest new boutique hotel hosted its hush-hush opening. In-the-know guests seeking shelter from the sleet-ridden streets found themselves wandering between subterranean olive groves, a buzzing bar, a bedroom-cum-dancefloor, a cocktail muddling station and an art-lined lobby with its own sauna…

If you’re tempted by a visit, though, we’re afraid said stay was a one-night-only affair; the venue for this year’s Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards, to be precise.

Our annual celebration of the best of the best in all things boutique hotel, rocked to the beat of DJ (and Hottest Hotel Soundtrack judge) Lauren Laverne as guests enjoyed exclusive Tony Conigliaro-designed drinks (himself fresh from judging Best Date-Night Bar and opening his own establishment, Untitled in Dalston).

Mixing things up elsewhere were our old friends, Sipsmith, who were muddling the healthiest looking cocktails we’ve seen outside of a juice bar, a team of craftsfolk who were helping guests bottle their own chilli- and rosemary-infused olive oil, and some robe-clad sauna lovers causing a few raised eyebrows.

As for the winners on the night, they were announced – as per tradition – by the original Mr & Mrs Smith, James and Tamara Lohan – you’ll find the full list below. So thanks to everyone who helped, everyone who came, everyone who judged and, most importantly, everyone who voted. We’ll see you next year (now, pass the aspirin…)

The Mr & Mrs Smith Awards

A robed mixologist at the Sipsmith muddling station

A guest gets comfortable in our boudoir

Cocktail time

The Mr & Mrs Smith Awards

The party in full swing

The Mr & Mrs Smith Awards

Lauren Laverne, left, and Pandora Sykes

London Edition hotel

Lucy Handley and Lance Perkins of the London Edition, with Mr & Mrs Smith co-founders Tamara and James Lohan

The winners from the night:

Best Date-Night BarThe London Edition, UK

World’s Sexiest BedroomKeemala, Phuket, Thailand

Best Gourmet GetawayThe Old Clare, Sydney, Australia

Coolest Creative HubFogo Island Inn, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Pool with a ViewGrand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

Best-Dressed HotelPalazzo Margherita, Basilicata, Italy

Hottest Hotel Soundtrack Fazenda Nova Country House, Algarve, Portugal

Most Spoiling Spa Amanemu, Ise-Shima National Park, Japan

Local Hotel Hero 11 Howard, New York, United States

Best Family Hotel Treehotel, Norrbotten County, Sweden

Above & Beyond Awasi, Patagonia, Chile

Best Smith Hotel 2016 Halcyon House, Cabarita Beach, Australia


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