It’s not just us who are the judges of the world’s best boutique hotels – it’s all of you who stay in our hand-picked hideaways. That’s why we’d love you to vote in our Smith Awards 2013! You might win a five-night escape. Voting closes 9 October. We’d also like to invite all Smith-hotel lovers to join the conversation about what makes a stay special – chime in on our #SmithAwards tweet-up Tuesday 1 October, 3pm-4pm GMT and 10am–11am EST.
Can you believe it’s been 10 years since our first Mr & Mrs Smith guidebook was published? So many years of passionate boutique-hotel loving is worth celebrating, right? We’re marking the occasion with our inaugural Smith Hotel Awards. We could tell you all about the Awards here, but since we’ve lovingly created a dedicated website, go have a mooch about at the categories and judges in our global boutique hotel awards with a difference – we need you to come up with the shortlist.
#SmithAwards – you may have noticed us harking on already on Facebook and Twitter. It’s just really important to us to have your input. We’re a sociable bunch at Smith. We enjoy visiting special places as you know – and sharing those tips and addresses with you. Sadly we can’t socialise with you all in person (although we do meet some characters on our travels who we enjoy keeping in touch with), but we really love hearing from all you boutique hotel lovers out there. Your tweets to us about heavenly honeymoons. Your Facebook links to Smith-hotel sunsets. Your envy-inducing Instagrams. Your occasional yelps that technology has failed us somewhere… Thanks for those microgripes too: it helps us jump to it and try get whatever needs fixing fixed.
If you are a tweeter, join us for the #SmithAwards #tweetup on #TravelTuesday. We only wish it could be in person in one of our hotels’ bars, but we’ll have to make do with doing it online at 3pm–4pm Tuesday 1 October if you’re in the UK. Maybe light a scented candle, dim the lights, get a mate to knock on the door and trill ‘housekeeping’ to create that hotel mood, then join us Smiths for a chat on Twitter. Chip in @smithhotels tagged #smithawards about what you think makes a winning hotel. We’ll be sharing your wisdom on the blog after. Talk to us. And vote – it could earn you a five-night stay at wherever wins Best Smith Hotel.