2015 Awards

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

Best-Dressed Hotel

Best-Dressed Hotel

Getting the interior styling of a hotel right is paramount: niche personality can be offputting; if it's too formal, your guests can't relax; too matchy-matchy, and it'll feel corporate.

The winner of Best-Dressed Hotel will be innovative, exemplary and renowned for the integrity of its aesthetic. We're not looking for a repository of high-cost fittings or design-directory namedropping, but a well-curated assembly of refreshing, inspired ideas. In other words, it's one hell of a looker.

Winner El Fenn

Marrakech, Morocco

Best-Dressed Hotel - Smith Hotel Awards 2014 El Fenn

With sculpture, paintings and photography by David Shrigley, Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, Batoui S’Himi and William Kentridge to look at, it’s a wonder any of the other decor gets a look-in: but this creative riad’s interiors draw the eye with perfectly polished tadelakt in arsenic blue and rose pink and the ideal amount of decorative dishevelment.

Runner-up Portrait Firenze

Florence, Italy

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Portrait Firenze

‘Refined and elegant… this hotel is great taste personified, and created by Michele Bönan – the designer behind so many great boutique hotels’
James Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder

Runner-up Saffire

Freycinet Peninsula, Australia

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Saffire

‘I’ve never seen such a beautiful job of bringing the outside in. The organic architecture flows cleverly into the hillside; the scenery pours in and becomes the art’
Jodie Harrison, editor, Mr Porter



Outstanding design

Would this hotel be considered exemplary by peers and critics – would it impress and nourish a visionary designer, architect, artist, or magazine editor? Can you picture it on the cover of Elle Deco or Wallpaper*?


There are no short-cuts to quality: attention to detail and a laser focus on finish are essential.


Fundamental to great design is someone with vision. Who's behind your Best-Dressed Hotel? Think of the design greats, and they'll all have an overarching sense of purpose that drives their creativity.


Does the overall design concept have integrity? Not just a nod to passing trends but a singular focus and harmonious aesthetic – one that marries well with the hotel's location.


Has this hotel broken existing moulds or approached interior design in a refreshing or inspired way? We're looking for a stay with a unique personality.


Here's the key: the whole must exceed the sum of its parts. Hotels have to feel good, as well as look good: comfort counts – and so does humour.

Previous winners

Best-Dressed Hotel 2013


RUNNERS-UP Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Bahia, Brazil JK Place Capri, Capri, Italy

BEST OF THE REST Crosby Street Hotel, New York, United States El Fenn, Marrakech, Morocco QT Sydney, Sydney, Australia The House Hotel Nisantasi, Istanbul, Turkey Soho Beach House, Miami, United States Viceroy Santa Monica, Los Angeles, United States Hôtel Thoumieux, Paris, France

Our judges

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  • Neale Whitaker

    Neale Whitaker

  • Jeralyn Gerba

    Jeralyn Gerba

  • Jodie Harrison

    Jodie Harrison