2015 Awards

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

Best Newcomer

Best Newcomer

Every year, there are a handful of new hotels that make it straight to the top of our to-do list; the ones Mr & Mrs Smith are itching to review, and that our members clamour to book even before the paint has dried and the minibars stocked.

Here's your chance to tell us which hotel had you at 'hello'. Let's give a warm welcome to the Smith Hotel Awards' Best Newcomer…

Winner Ham Yard Hotel

London, United Kingdom

Best Newcomer - Smith Hotel Awards 2014 Ham Yard Hotel

With a vintage-inspired bowling alley, rooftop terrace with Soho views and a restaurant-supplying garden, film screening room and honesty bar-stocked library, there’s much to love about Ham Yard Hotel. Riffing on Kit Kemp’s signature multi-patterned, multi-coloured style, this fresh and fun city-centre stay – just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus – is the Firmdale group’s coolest hideaway yet. 

Runner-up The Pig – on the Beach

Dorset, United Kingdom

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 The Pig – on the Beach

‘This fantastic hotel gets my vote for its inspired location, amazing food, cosy-but-just-contemporary-enough rooms and brilliant name’
Henrietta Thompson, editor-at-large, Wallpaper*

Runner-up Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles, United States

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

‘A spectacular combination of theatre, bedrooms, restaurant and bar – all done with the incredible attention to detail that makes every Ace hotel unique’
Matt Turner, editor-in-chief, Sleeper


Best Newcomer Award Criteria


This category is for the best new hotels to open in the past 12 months.


Was the travel industry and media stirring with excitement at the prospect of this launch? Was it a word-of-mouth surprise that got everyone talking? And has it lived up to the hype?


Has this hotel delivered a consistently great experience since it opened? Has it improved on its launch offering, and gone from strength to strength?


Is the property unique? Does it bring something new to the boutique hotel landscape? We're not looking for yet another link in a big-name chain, but a property that impresses with its take on hospitality. If it is part of a group, does it have a USP worth shouting about?


To truly earn this Smith Hotel Award, the Best Newcomer will be in it for the long haul: it should be style-savvy, but trend-transcending, with enough classic good looks to stand the test of time – there's no point having fireworks on your opening night if you're looking dated a year or two down the line…

Previous winners

Best Newcomer 2013

WINNER FOGO ISLAND INN, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

RUNNERS-UP Kurà, Costa Rica, Costa Rica Das Stue, Berlin, Germany

BEST OF THE REST QT Sydney, Sydney, Australia Per Aquum Niyama, Maldives, Maldives The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand The Talbot Inn, Somerset, United Kingdom Monteverdi, Tuscany, Italy The Ampersand Hotel, London, United Kingdom Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, United States

Our judges

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  • Matt Turner

    Matt Turner

  • Henrietta Thompson

    Henrietta Thompson

  • Serge Dive

    Serge Dive