2015 Awards

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

The specialist Judges

1 Best-Dressed Hotel

Neale Whitaker

Belle

A judge on award-winning Australian reality series The Block, the editor-in-chief of design magazine Belle is taking up the helm at Vogue Living this winter.

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Neale Whitaker, Belle

Jeralyn Gerba

Fathom Away

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

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Jeralyn Gerba, Fathom Away

Jodie Harrison

Style maven

Jodie has swapped rubbing shoulders with GQ’s well-groomed crew for razor-sharp editing at Mr Porter.

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Jodie Harrison, Style maven

2 Sexiest Bedroom in the World

Anna Richardson

Presenter and writer

Prolific journalist and little screen darling Anna is the creative force behind hit TV series The Sex Education Show.

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Anna Richardson, Presenter and writer

Immodesty Blaize

Burlesque star

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

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Immodesty Blaize, Burlesque star

Jessie Ware

Sultry singer-songwriter

Pop princess Jessie is a feeder, an eater and a consummate traveller; on tour, she obsesses over hotels' bathroom miniatures.

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Jessie Ware, Sultry singer-songwriter

3 Best Hotel Pool

Adam Brown

Orlebar Brown

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

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Adam Brown, Orlebar Brown

Costas Voyatzis

Yatzer.com

Greek-born stylist Costas is the trendspotting insider behind influential design platform Yatzer.

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Costas Voyatzis, Yatzer.com

Penny Klein

Heidi Klein

Globetrotter Penny is the co-founder of celeb-favoured beachwear boutique Heidi Klein.

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Penny Klein, Heidi Klein

4 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.

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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.

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Tony Conigliaro , Master mixologist

Jared Brown

Sipsmith

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

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Jared Brown, Sipsmith

5 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.

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Sophie Dening, Food and travel writer

Marcus Wareing

Restaurateur

The celebrated chef’s theatrical cuisine shines at British brasserie the Gilbert Scott, the two-Michelin-starred Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley and his newest west end eaterie Treadwell's.

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Marcus Wareing, Restaurateur

Sophie Michell

Chef, author and presenter

Masterchef veteran and private chef to the stars Sophie has published six cookbooks and runs the show at London’s Belgraves hotel.

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Sophie Michell, Chef, author and presenter

6 Best Spa Hotel

Ruth Crilly

A Model Recommends

Veteran fashion model Ruth is the beauty-writing brains behind blogosphere sensation A Model Recommends.

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Ruth Crilly, A Model Recommends

Malin + Goetz

Co-founders

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

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Malin + Goetz, Co-founders

Lisa Stokes

Spa Spy

Beautifier to the stars, Lisa, now gives the inside scoop on top treatments and trends from the elite world of wellbeing. 

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Lisa Stokes, Spa Spy

7 The Eco Award

Holly Tuppen

Green Hotelier

Adventurer-at-heart Holly is the editor of Green Hotelier and the voice behind the International Tourism Partnership.

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Holly Tuppen, Green Hotelier

Livia Firth

Eco-Age

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

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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.

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Chris Gorell Barnes, Blue Marine Foundation

8 Best Budget Boutique Hotel

Wayne Hemingway

HemingwayDesign

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

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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.

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Graham & Green, Jamie and Louise Graham

Shini Park

Park & Cube

Seoul-born and London-based, designer-photographer Shini writes lifestyle blog Park & Cube.

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Shini Park, Park & Cube

9 Best for Families

Faye Toogood

Interiors whizz

The London-based designer and stylist has a covetable client list running the gamut from Burberry to Swarovski and Vitra.

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Faye Toogood, Interiors whizz

Mariella Frostrup

Journalist

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

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Mariella Frostrup, Journalist

Maria Pieri

National Geographic Traveller

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

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Maria Pieri, National Geographic Traveller

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.

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Jeremy King, Rex Restaurant Associates

Serena Cook

Deliciously Sorted

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

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Serena Cook, Deliciously Sorted

Susan Kurosawa

Travel journalist

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

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Susan Kurosawa, Travel journalist

11 Best Newcomer

Matt Turner

Sleeper Magazine

As editor-in-chief at Sleeper magazine, design and architecture afficionado Matt keeps his finger on the pulse of new hotel openings.

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Matt Turner, Sleeper Magazine

Henrietta Thompson

Wallpaper*

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

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Henrietta Thompson, Wallpaper*

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.

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Serge Dive, Beyond Luxury

12 Best Smith Hotel 2014

Ilse Crawford

Studioilse

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

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Ilse Crawford, Studioilse

Stephen Bayley

Design guru

Co-creator of the V&A's Boilerhouse Project, the award-winning columnist, critic and consultant has changed the way the world thinks about design.

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Stephen Bayley, Design guru

Sophie Lam

The Independent

Sophie is head of travel at The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i. She gained a taste for fabulous hotels after a childhood visit to Istanbul’s Pera Palace

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Sophie Lam, The Independent

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.'

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