Smith reviews: 22, a cosy, colourful boutique hotel in Cape Town

Every time we publish a new hotel write-up from one of our panel of independent reviewers on the Mr & Mrs Smith site, we’ll let you know here on the blog, so you can keep pace with our team of travel spies and style insiders on their global roams. We visit every hotel in our collection, and every one is anonymously reviewed to make sure it’s up to scratch (and stays that way).

22 hotel Cape Town – city views at nightOur only brief to these intrepid boutique-hotel voyagers is to go with their real-life partner (or partner in crime), check in anonymously for two nights, have a rip-roaring, chandelier-swinging, fireside-lounging, beach-strolling, bed-testing, bathroom-assessing time and then report back to us with the same candour you’d expect from a trusted friend. If they don’t like what they’ve seen, the place in question doesn’t stay in our hand-picked hotel collection. Simple as that.

Here’s a snippet from the latest Mr & Mrs Smith review, of four-room guesthouse 22 in Cape Town, South Africa. Where the weather’s great and the exchange rate is very enticing…

Smith reviews: awesome eco-retreat Cuixmala on the Mexican coast

First things first: Happy New Year from Mr & Mrs Smith! Here’s wishing you a travel-happy, free-roaming, sunshine-drenched, world-exploring, high-flying, far-reaching 2009…

Mexico eco-retreat Cuixmala – beachEvery time we publish a new hotel write-up by Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ll let you know here on the Smith Travel Blog, so you can keep pace with our team of travel spies and style insiders on their global roams. We visit every property in our hand-picked hotel collection in person, and we anonymously review each one to make sure they meet our sky-high expectations.

And this review’s kinda special – not only because it’s our first of 2009, or because it’s by our blog friend and cocktail connoisseur Will Beckett (he behind Hawksmoor, in turn behind the best steaks in London) – but because it’s of Cuixmala, the Goldsmith family’s astonishing retreat in the middle of a Mexican nature reserve in Jalisco. Way to kick off the new year!

Smith reviews: magnificent Mayfair base Brown’s Hotel in London

Yes, that’s right – it’s new-review time again! Every time we publish an anonymously conducted hotel review by Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ll let you know here on the Smith Travel Blog, so you can keep pace with our global wanderings. We visit every property in our hand-picked hotel collection in person, just to check they’re still delivering on their promises and keeping us hungry for more.

The Smiths aren’t always gallivanting round the globe though, and are often to be found closer to home – sometimes even virtually next-door in London: wherever they lay their heads (as Paul Young might have sung), that’s their home…

Browns Hotel in London, UK

Here’s a snippet from the latest Mr & Mrs Smith stay at Brown’s Hotel, an elegant in-town escape in London:

Smith reviews: fashionista hangout, the Chedi Milan. It’s in Milan, obviously

The Chedi Milan, lounge viewAnd another review (they’re coming thick and fast at the moment): this time, our Smith spies have been in La Bella Italia, in that most stylish of fashion capitals, Milan. They took refuge in the spankingly chic new urban resort in the up-and-coming Boviso district known as The Chedi Milan, and here’s a little excerpt from their report:

I have no idea why the Campari family have kept the ingredients secret for 150 years. Health & Safety should ensure that the ingredients to make it are published everywhere, else innocent people with a few random herbs in their larder and some cough syrup might make some Campari by accident. Is it really worth the risk?

Smith reviews: Sicilian farmhouse stay Azienda Agricola Mandranova

While it’s a bit miserable and dark (well, it’s winter, innit), we thought we’d brighten your day with tales from a sunnier isle – Sicily.

Mandranova farmhouse in Sicily - holidays in ItalyAs you know, every time we publish a new hotel write-up from one of our panel of independent reviewers at Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ll let you know, so you can keep pace with our team of travel spies and style insiders on their global roams. Every property in our hand-picked hotel collection is reviewed by a real-life couple, so we can make sure every bed is beautiful, every breakfast delectable, and every night romantic (as well as super-stylish).

Anyhoo: here’s some feedback from our anonymous Mr & Mrs Smiths after their recent visit to gorgeous coastal countryside farmhouse Azienda Agricola Mandranova in Sicily

Smith reviews: Brazilian eco escape Hotel Fazenda da Lagoa in Bahia

Fazenda da Lagoa hotel Bahia, Brazil – On the beachThe most recent hotel to have been reviewed for our online collection, Hotel Fazenda da Lagoa is a beachy dream come true, set on the lush coast of Bahia in Brazil.

Every time we publish a new hotel write-up from one of our panel of independent reviewers at Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ll let you know here on the Smith Travel Blog, so you can keep pace with our team of travel spies and style insiders on their global roams. We visit every property in our hand-picked hotel collection in person, and we get every one anonymously reviewed to make sure they meet our sky-high expectations.

Our only brief to these intrepid boutique-hotel voyagers is to go with their real-life partner (or partner in crime), check in anonymously, have a rip-roaring, chandelier-swinging, fireside-lounging, beach-strolling, bed-testing, bathroom-assessing time and then report back to us with the candour you’d expect from your oldest friend.

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