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With so many incredible websites and online resources out there today, winning the 2011 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Award for Best Website last night at the travel industry’s most credible awards was incredibly touching and a huge honour, and we want to thank everyone for your support.

Just under a decade ago, Mr & Mrs Smith was an idea. James Lohan and then-girlfriend Tamara Heber-Percy (now his Mrs Smith) felt there just wasn’t a guidebook for people who wanted somewhere stylish to stay, special places with substance, perfect for couples to enjoy their precious time off at. So we set about creating a guide that bridged the gap between pretty coffee-table book and practical information-laden reference.

In 2005, we decided to do the same all over again with the internet and give people a trusted online resource for boutique hotels. Through our Mr & Mrs Smith website, we launched a reliable booking service. To win Best Website in 2011 (after making it as a runner-up last year) blew us away.

The 14th annual Readers’ Travel Awards was held on Wednesday 31 August in the glorious Regency setting of the Royal Institution. We send our love to editor Sarah Miller who was much missed at the event, and we wish her and her family in New York the very best; we salute the entertaining Griff Rhys Jones, who stepped in and did a marvellous job of reading out the winners.

Heroes of the evening included lots of stars of the Smith hotel collection. Congratulations!

Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel CollectionBEST WEBSITE mrandmrssmith.com

FAVOURITE UK CITY London
A city close to our own hearts, our beloved hometown.

Runner-up: Edinburgh

TOP UK HOTEL Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall
Châpeau to Olga Polizzi and her team – we too are huge fans of this chic stay, one of our original Smith hotels.

Runner-up: Babington House in Somerset

FAVOURITE COUNTRY Italy
Brace yourselves for our newest hotel guide,
Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – Italy, which hits shelves next month.

FAVOURITE OVERSEAS CITY New York
Another destination especially dear to us and also a Mr & Mrs Smith hub.

TOP UK HOTEL SPA C-Side at Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds

BEST OVERSEAS HOTEL SPA Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Samui in Koh Samui, Thailand

BEST OVERSEAS BUSINESS HOTEL The Upper House hotel in Hong Kong

 

We hope you’ll excuse us for nipping off to Hix at Browns Hotel after for some celebratory bubbly afterwards. It came as a genuine surprise on the evening, and we raise a glass to all the out-of-this-world hotels and people out there who deservedly scooped the big wins, and of course, we extend our thanks and congratulations to all of the Mr & Mrs Smith team in Chiswick, Melbourne, New York and beyond, and all the Mr & Mrs Smiths out there who help bring you our wonderful website.

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