Winners announced

8 November 2013

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The Smith Hotel awards:Showcasing the world's
most stylish stays

About the awards

The Smith Hotel Awards: our chance to celebrate 10 years of curating stylish places to stay and telling their tales, and to highlight some of the most incredible escapes in our hotel collections.

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.

How does the voting process work?

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

How were the categories chosen?

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.

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What Makes a Smith Hotel? 24 Questions We Ask

There's no secret formula or clipboard checklist of 'must-haves' for a Smith hotel, and we don't do star ratings – but these are the key questions we ask ourselves when we stay in a hotel that we think could be right for our collection:

  • 1Is the setting sensational?
  • 2 Is there a nothing’s-too-much-trouble attitude?
  • 3 What makes the interiors imaginative?
  • 4 Why are those flowers not fresher?
  • 5 Would they fix me a bite to eat if I arrived out of hours?
  • 6 Is there a sign pointing to conference facilities?
  • 7 How long would I be happy to stay in my suite?
  • 8 Are the sheets soft-to-the-touch and super-high threadcount?
  • 9 Can the lighting or temperature be controlled in every bedroom?
  • 10 Is the bathroom brimming with indulgent products?
  • 11 Will that shower really drench me?
  • 12 Could you fit two in that tub?
  • 13 I want a minibar full of surprises – will that just be the prices?
  • 14 Can I have a full cooked-to-perfection breakfast in bed?
  • 15 Are the walls thick enough to drown out my neighbours’ antics?
  • 16 Is the cocktail lounge buzzing with guests and locals?
  • 17 Are there too many suited-and-booted businessfolk?
  • 18 Will my glass of white wine be chilled to perfection?
  • 19 Can the barman mix me a perfect martini?
  • 20 What table’s best for an intimate dinner?
  • 21 Could you call this hotel a destination in its own right?
  • 22 Does it have that magical ambience that’s so hard to put into words?
  • 23 Am I going to be in trouble if I check out a bit late?
  • 24 And, most importantly… will Mr or Mrs Smith like it?

Frequently asked questions

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!

Our judges

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  • Ilse Crawford

    Ilse Crawford

  • Tiffanie Darke

    Tiffanie Darke

  • Sophie Dening

    Sophie Dening

  • Immodesty Blaize

    Immodesty Blaize