2015 Awards

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

In Association with...

Every superhero needs a sidekick (or two): here are ours

Avis, Blue Marine Foundation, Designers Guild, Fentimans, Graham and Green, Heidi Klein, Kiki de Montparnasse, Music Concierge, Sipsmith, Trunki

Avis

Partner: Above and Beyond

In 1946, Warren Avis opened the world's first airport car-rental site at Willow Run Airport, Detroit, with a grand total of three cars. Today, Avis operates from more than 5,750 locations in 165 countries worldwide.

Avis is a trusted brand with a long history of innovation in the car-hire industry, and is committed to convenience and exceptional service: it's one of the world's best-performing brands in terms of customer loyaly. Supported by the recognition of numerous travel awards, Avis has established itself as a truly global car-rental provider.

Blue Marine Foundation

Partner: The Eco Award

Founded in 2010, the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is a UK-registered charity set up by the team behind awarding-winning documentary film The End of the Line (watch it: it’ll change the way you think about seafood).

BLUE's mission increase already has several successful projects under its belt: in its first year, the foundation enabled the creation of the world’s largest marine reserve in the Indian Ocean’s breathtakingly beautiful Chagos Archipelago, and its ambassadors include Sienna Miller, Stephen Fry, and Simon and Yasmin Le Bon. Blue's objective is to increase the area of ocean protected by marine reserves to 10 per cent by 2020, but they need our help to do it.

Designers Guild

Partner: Best-Dressed Hotel

Established in 1970 by design queen and prolific author Tricia Guild, Designers Guild offers an eye-catching collection of luxurious home accessories. Inspired by Tricia’s signature bold fabrics and statement wallpapers, the range combines beautiful design and the very best materials.

Combed Egyptian cottons, Scottish linens and natural-fibre papers are carefully sourced by Designers Guild to ensure a green, ethical approach. From beautiful bedlinen to sleek furniture, striking rugs and tactile throws, its two flagship London stores and online shop brim with boutique style for a stylish home.

Fentimans

Partner: Best Hotel Restaurant

This family business started in 1905, when Thomas Fentiman sold ginger beer door-to-door. His horse and cart may long have been retired, but Fentimans beverages are still botanically brewed to bottle all the flavour and goodness of the finest natural ingredients.

Invigorating and refreshing, this premium range of mixers is fast becoming a firm favourite thanks to their depth of flavour and distinctive aromas. The carefully selected botanical infusions make these full-bodied beverages the mixer of choice for bars and restaurants throughout the UK and more than 40 other countries.

Graham and Green

Partner: Best Budget Boutique Hotel

The first Graham and Green shop opened in Notting Hill in 1974, selling an inspiring range of contemporary furniture and home accessories sourced from Istanbul, Beijing and everywhere in between. From humble beginnings, this delightful emporium has expanded into a uniquely identifiable British establishment.

Today, Graham and Green has two beautiful boutiques, releases four catalogues each year, and has a successful online store. Whether you want to add a bit of exotic sparkle or vintage glamour to your home, Graham and Green has something for everyone.

Heidi Klein

Partner: Best Hotel Pool

When travel-obsessed Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein launched their first boutique in 2002, they set out to reinvent holiday shopping, transforming it into a fun and fabulous year-round experience.

Dressed in whitewashed wood, palm leaves and bleached coral, their two iconic London boutiques have become the one-stop holiday shop for celebrities from Kate Moss and Olivia Palermo to Sienna Miller and Jennifer Aniston. Find the pick of designer swimwear, beach-to-bar kaftans and yacht-worthy accessories online and in their pop-up cabanas around the world.

Kiki De Montparnasse

Partner: Sexiest Bedroom in the World

Body-contouring corsets, supple silks, Chantilly lace and couture-quality cuts: US-born, Parisian-style lingerie and lifestyle brand Kiki de Montparnasse is a stylish source of covetable and seductive nightwear.

Named after the provocative Man Ray muse and chanteuse, Kiki de Montparnasse celebrates intimacy and believes that fulfillment and sensual pleasure are paramount to a well-lived life. The range now includes ready-to-wear, bridal lingerie, cheeky bedroom accessories, body and bath products and fine-art erotica, all stylishly designed, made with the highest-quality materials and packaged with distinctive elegance.

Music Concierge

Partner: Best Newcomer

Music Concierge is a ground-breaking and award-winning music-consultancy service that creates and manages high-quality bespoke playlists for boutique hotels, luxury brands, and high-end retailers, giving each its own unique audio identity or musical DNA.

The passionate and experienced team is led by Rob Wood, who founded the company in 2007. With an in-depth knowledge across all genres, from decade-spanning classics to bleeding-edge contemporary sounds, Music Concierge works with clients to capture their brand values and express their personality and style through music. Their playlists can be heard across the world, from London to Hong Kong, Bhutan to Cape Town, and they've always got their ear to the ground, listening out for the latest and greatest new things.

Sipsmith

Partner: Hottest Hotel Bar

After years of working in the drinks industry, the team behind this quality independent brand struck out on their own to pursue their passion for beautifully handmade spirits. They called themselves 'sip-smiths', to celebrate the craft of distillation and their artisanal methods.

All spirits in the Sipsmith range (from the citrussy London Dry Gin to the plummy Damson Vodka) are crafted by hand in genuinely small batches – just a few hundred bottles at a time – at the London distillery: it's the only way to produce spirits of quality and character.

Trunki

Partner: Best for Families

Creators of some of the best-loved travel accessories for kids, Trunki understands that, while parents buy products, children make friends with them – so each creation has the functionality that grown-ups value, and the personality that kids adore.

Trunki's team of talented imagineers is dedicated to making travelling with tots a doddle. They use ingenious design (and a little bit of fairy dust) to create products for every journey, whether it's a day trip to the zoo or a globe-spanning round-the-world trip. Trunki started trading in May 2006; since then, 1.8 million of their much-loved ride-on suitcases have been sold in 97 countries worldwide.

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  • Ilse Crawford

    Ilse Crawford

  • Anna Richardson

    Anna Richardson

  • Matt Turner

    Matt Turner

  • Sophie Dening

    Sophie Dening