Winners announced

8 November 2013

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

The specialist Judges

1 Best-Dressed Hotel

Neale Whitaker


The Sydney-based editor-in-chief of design magazine Belle is a judge on award-winning Australian reality series The Block.


Neale Whitaker, Belle

Paula Reed

Harvey Nichols

The iconic store's fashion director Paula is the former style director of Grazia magazine, and a regular TV fashion pundit.


Paula Reed, Harvey Nichols

Scott Schuman

The Sartorialist

Street-fashion photographer and founder of The Sartorialist, Scott's work has featured in titles from GQ to Vogue Italia.


Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist

2 Sexiest Bedroom in the World

Immodesty Blaize

Burlesque star

The consummate showgirl has dazzled audiences worldwide with her burlesque act, documentary and novels.


Immodesty Blaize, Burlesque star

Garance Doré

Fashion blogger

Influential author, illustrator and photographer Garance is a pioneer in the style blogosphere, and a Vogue columnist.


Garance Doré, Fashion blogger

Kama Carnes

Kiki de Montparnasse

President of luxe lingerie brand Kiki de Montparnasse, Kama's previous stints include posts at Gap, DKNY and Diesel.


Kama Carnes, Kiki de Montparnasse

3 Hottest Hotel Bar

Ben Pundole

A Hotel Life

With 20 years' industry experience, hospitality expert and lifestyle editor Ben is behind some of the world's finest hotel bars.


Ben Pundole, A Hotel Life

Tony Conigliaro

Master mixologist

This cocktail maestro, menu consultant and pioneering drinks creator has been shaking things up at London's best bars for 12 years.


Tony Conigliaro , Master mixologist

Jared Brown


US-born drinks historian, author and Mixellany Books publisher Jared is master distiller at hand-crafted spirits brand Sipsmith.


Jared Brown, Sipsmith

4 Best Hotel Restaurant

Sophie Dening

Food and travel writer

One of Mr & Mrs Smith's founder editors, food and travel journalist Sophie is also contributing editor at Harper's Bazaar.


Sophie Dening, Food and travel writer

Marcus Wareing

Chef patron

Chef and restaurateur with 20 years of experience, now owner of two-Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and the British brasserie and bar, The Gilbert Scott.


Marcus Wareing, Chef patron

John DeLucie

Restaurateur and chef

Crown Group founding partner John is behind Crown, Bill's and the Lion in NYC, plus London's Red House.


John DeLucie, Restaurateur and chef

5 Best Spa Hotel

Newby Hands

Beauty editor

Hugely respected in the industry, Harper's Bazaar beauty director-at-large Newby is also editorial director at


Newby Hands, Beauty editor

Susan Kurosawa

Travel journalist

Sydney-based editor of The Australian's Travel & Indulgence section Susan is also a radio presenter and bestselling author.


Susan Kurosawa, Travel journalist

Malin + Goetz


Product guru Matthew Malin and design aficionado Andrew Goetz are co-founders of the respected NY apothecary brand.


Malin + Goetz, Co-founders

6 The Eco Award

Livia Firth


Oxfam Global Ambassador Livia is also co-founder and creative director of Eco-Age, a sustainability consultancy.


Livia Firth, Eco-Age

Chris Gorell Barnes

Blue Marine Foundation

Producer, investor and new-media entrepreneur Chris is co-founder of the marine conservation charity Blue.


Chris Gorell Barnes, Blue Marine Foundation

Lily Jencks


Sustainability-focused designer Lily heads up interdisciplinary practice Lily Jencks Architecture + Landscape.


Lily Jencks, Eco-architect

7 Best for Families

Mariella Frostrup


Writer, presenter, critic and mother of two Mariella shares her considerable intelligence in print, on screen and on air.


Mariella Frostrup, Journalist

Maria Pieri

National Geographic Traveller

Publishing aficionado and family-travel specialist Maria is an editorial director, writer and mother.


Maria Pieri, National Geographic Traveller

Jessie Randall

Loeffler Randall

Designer and creative director of the hip NY accessories label, Jessie is also busy with her boys: twins and a toddler.


Jessie Randall, Loeffler Randall

8 Best Budget Boutique Hotel

Wayne Hemingway


Vintage pioneer, designer and co-founder of cult label Red or Dead, Wayne's speciality is affordable, social design.


Wayne Hemingway, HemingwayDesign

Graham & Green

Jamie and Louise Graham

The husband and wife duo are director and head of marketing (respectively) of the eclectic British interiors emporium.


Graham & Green, Jamie and Louise Graham

Sarah Wilson


I Quit Sugar author, blogger and TV presenter Sarah is also former editor of Cosmopolitan and MasterChef Australia host.


Sarah Wilson, Journalist

9 The Greatest Outdoors

Alastair Humphreys


Explorer, blogger, photographer, film-maker and author Alistair is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.


Alastair Humphreys, Adventurer

Adam Brown

Orlebar Brown

Portrait photographer turned swimwear entrepreneur Adam grew a collection of tailored shorts into a global business.


Adam Brown, Orlebar Brown

Dan Pearson

Garden designer

Lifelong plant obsessive Dan transforms gardens regal (Althorp House) and radical (Tokachi Millennium Forest).


Dan Pearson, Garden designer

10 Above and Beyond

Jeremy King

Rex Restaurant Associates

The restaurant impresario has co-created some of London's best-loved icons, such as the Ivy, J Sheekey and the Wolseley.


Jeremy King, Rex Restaurant Associates

Jeralyn Gerba


Former Daily Candy editor and prolific blogger Jeralyn is the stylish NYC-based co-creator and editorial director of travel website Fathom.


Jeralyn Gerba, Fathom

Serena Cook

Deliciously Sorted

Founder fixer of Ibiza concierge company Deliciously Sorted and International Villas director Serena is also a Tatler columnist.


Serena Cook, Deliciously Sorted

11 Best Newcomer

Henrietta Thompson


London-based design writer, columnist and curator Henrietta is Editor-at-large for the standard-setting lifestyle bible Wallpaper*.


Henrietta Thompson, Wallpaper*

Rob Wood

Music Concierge

DJ and music journalist Rob is creative director of an award-winning consultancy providing bespoke playlists for big brands.


Rob Wood, Music Concierge

Serge Dive

Beyond Luxury

Travel-events entrepreneur Serge is CEO and founder of Beyond Luxury, creators of the trade shows ILTM Cannes, LE Miami and We Are Africa.


Serge Dive, Beyond Luxury

12 Best Smith Hotel 2013

Ilse Crawford


Elle Deco launch editor, interiors industry legend and design guru Ilse has created some of the world's most iconic settings.


Ilse Crawford, Studioilse

Tiffanie Darke

The Sunday Times Style

Editor of The Sunday Times Style magazine, journalist Tiffanie has also penned two novels (Marrow and Strapline).


Tiffanie Darke, The Sunday Times Style

Harriet Logan


Award-winning photographer and Woop Studios co-founder Harriet has visited more hotels than any other GoldSmith member.


Harriet Logan, Photographer

Smith team judges

James Lohan

The ever-entrepreneurial co-founder and CEO of Mr & Mrs Smith, James has steered the brand from insider hotel-guide publisher to wanderlust-whetting website and global boutique travel empire in one short decade.

What makes the perfect Smith hotel? 'It needs to feel effortless, but special. Somewhere you could live, but that offers more than you have at home – something that puts a smile on Mrs Smith's face…'

Tamara Heber-Percy

Combining travel expertise with technological know-how, co-founder, CTO and real-life Mrs Smith Tamara has converted the first collection of hip hideaways into what is now an award-winning travel portal and hotel-booking site.

What makes the perfect Smith hotel? 'It makes you feel special from the moment you walk into the lobby, and the rooms make you want to jump up and down on the bed with glee.'

Juliet Kinsman

Creator of Smith's original voice, globetrotting editor-in-chief and former NY resident Juliet has reviewed boutique retreats great and small, and shares her travel and interiors wisdom in the press, online and on TV.

What makes the perfect Smith hotel? 'Character and style; it's a stay you can't wait to recommend for its unique qualities, such as original interiors, bespoke bedlinen or custom-made cocktails.'

Simon Westcott

Former global publisher and director of the Lonely Planet group, Simon is an experienced travel-media entrepreneur. Based in our Melbourne office, he heads up Mr & Mrs Smith's Asia-Pacific activities.

What makes the perfect Smith hotel? 'A clever concierge, lighting to soothe the senses, and a comfy chair with a garden view to read in.'

Mary Garvin

NY-based head of curation Mary is most at home on the road. She's grown Smith’s award-winning global collection for seven years, uncovering stylish stays from Bajan beach shacks to regal Roman retreats.

What makes the perfect Smith hotel? 'Beds dressed to impress a Savile Row savant; and daydream-inducing meals on repeat… delivered by inspired, in-the-know, pretension-free personalities.'

Katy McCann

Founder of hotel consultancy Suite DNA, Smith's former global head of hotel curation is probably the most qualified person to judge a great boutique stay: to date, Katy has visited more than 2,000 hotels.

What makes the perfect Smith hotel? 'A sense of place, a story, authenticity, passion, timeless interiors done in a simple way, luxurious details, and naturally good service.'

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