New hotel collections in Paris and Marrakech

This month’s new boutique hotel launches are brought to you by the letters P and M, and by the number 14. 14 because there are, well, 14 of them, and P and M partly because January’s destinations of choice are Paris and Marrakech, and partly because our new hotels have been cherry-picked by the Smith hotel relations team of Peggy and Maggie. See what I did there?

Riad Tarabel, Marrakech, MoroccoIn Marrakech, we’ve rounded up some romantic riads, including an antique-filled colonial gem in the heart of the Medina, Riad Tarabel, which comes complete with its own resident parrot, and which Maggie raved about on this very travel blog.

Smith Trips: Peggy probes Paris

Our indomitable head of hotel relations, Peggy, just landed back in Smith HQ from a mission to find the crème de la crème of hotels in Paris. Anthony harassed her for the luxury lowdown…


Anthony So Peggy, you’ve been noseying around Paris for Mr & Mrs Smith – where did you go and what did you get up to?

Peggy I stayed in the Montparnasse area and also visited St Germain des Pres and the Champs Elysées…

Anthony How long were you there? Was it business or pleasure? Or a bit of both?

Peggy I was there for four days on business but it ended up being a very pleasurable trip, since Paris was so empty and relaxed.

Paris by night

Anthony Of course – Parisians usually disappear off for their holidays in August, don’t they? Does that make it the best time of year to visit?
(Because it’s less busy generally, not because Paris is better without the Parisians, natch)

Peggy Yes they do, so Paris is rather empty (still a few tourists in evidence though!). Most of the shops and restaurants are closed but if you do your homework beforehand and make sure the hotel you’re staying at helps with restaurant bookings, you’ll be fine. The Metro is uncrowded, no one pushes you and there are no delays/strikes, which is always a bonus in this city! Most of the main museums and attractions are open and again, less crowded. You’ll also get the best hotel deals.

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