2016 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED AND VOTING OPEN 1 SEPTEMBER
From Sexiest Bedroom to the Eco Award, the Smith Hotel Awards shine a spotlight on some of the world's most incredible travel experiences...
First, Mr & Mrs Smith insiders nominated hotels for our category long-lists; second, the public (that's you!) voted for the hotels they loved to create top-10 shortlists; third, our panel of expert judges cherry-picked the most deserving winners and runners-up in each category. Browse the categories below to find your hotel hero…
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.
Nothing gets you hankering for a holiday faster than hotel-pool eye candy: the anticipation of weightlessness, of cool water caressing warm skin, of sun, sky and birdsong reflected across mirror-flat surfaces…
Romance comes in many guises – and there are no hard and fast rules for creating the perfect boudoir. But some things we can all agree on: it has to delight, excite, and surprise.
Here's where things get interesting: cocktail-lovers and barflies rejoice, this is your territory. Put simply, the Hottest Hotel Bar is a scene-stealing headline act.
Seafood linguine overlooking the Amalfi Coast; beach barbecues in a tropical limestone grotto; sushi in Soho; your first sip of that great gutsy Rioja… holiday memories are fed by such moments.
Relax. Close your eyes, and breathe. Imagine you've arrived at the Best Spa Hotel in the world. You're soothed by its comforting air, you're about to have a life-enhancing, mood-improving, radiance-boosting afternoon of bliss. Where are you?
It ain't easy being green: luxury and eco-tourism aren't the most natural of bedfellows. Responsible travel requires industry change at grass-roots level – and the Eco Award sets out to champion those hotels making ideals a reality.
At Mr & Mrs Smith, we expect every hotel to stand out from the crowd, but there are some that punch well above their weight. These unique luxe-for-less stays are all about great things in small packages.
A truly family-friendly hotel or resort rolls out the red carpet for even the youngest of guests – without compromising on style, space, or quality time for grown-ups.
Among our favourite Smith stays are those made even more special by seamless service and generosity of spirit – where going the extra mile is the rule, not the exception. Is there nothing this hotel won't do?
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.
So here it is: the big one. The hotel that stands head and shoulders above the rest – your most beloved bolthole, the stuff of your travel fantasies. The best of the best.