We wanted to demonstrate not only the fantastic diversity in the travel market today, but also share a decade of expertise gathered along the way – and hopefully show you how important your opinions still are to us.
Firstly, we're asking boutique-hotel lovers around the world to vote for their favourite hotels, in 12 categories. These votes will help us shortlist a global top 10 for each award. One winner and two runners-up will then be chosen by an expert panel: joining our Smith team judges, we've invited tastemakers, specialists and industry insiders to help select the very best in class.Voting now closed
The Smith Hotel Awards categories reflect the benchmarks that we've always used when considering what makes a Smith hotel. Our hand-picked hotel collection features 900+ places to stay around the world – each of which meets our sky-high standards and expectations – but the awards categories are designed to highlight the hotels that are truly exceptional.Browse the categories
What are the key dates for the Smith Hotel Awards 2013?
Why are you launching your own awards?
We decided to hold our inaugural awards this year to celebrate being 10, to showcase the variety of our collection, to recognise how boutique hotels have evolved, and to encourage boutique-hotel fans around the world to share their favourites.
How are they different from other hotel awards?
The voting is done by people who really know what makes a great hotel: global boutique travellers and Mr & Mrs Smith members worldwide. Our members are loyal, vocal and knowledgable, and love sharing their recommendations – we wanted them to help us celebrate the best places to stay in the world. All the voting is public: by Smith members and boutique hotel fans all over the world.
Where can I find more information on each of the award categories?
There's a page dedicated to each category, outlining the award criteria: they're all listed on the awards categories menu.
Who votes for the winners?
The Smith Hotel Awards are voted for by the boutique-hotel loving public, who help us shortlist finalists. Public votes will create top 10s in each category; the ultimate winners are then chosen from each top 10 by our panel of guest judges. Meet our judges.
How do I enter my hotel into the Smith Hotel Awards?
Every hotel in the collection is eligible, provided it has the relevant facilities for each category (so, for example, if yours doesn't have a spa, it can't be chosen for Best Spa Hotel).
I have another question…
Drop us a line at [email protected] and we'll try to answer it!