2016 SHORTLISTS ANNOUNCED AND VOTING OPEN 1 SEPTEMBER

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.

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Smith Hotel Awards partner: Discover & Deliver

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…

Top 10

Previous winners

Winner

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. 

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Runner-up

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*

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Runner-up

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

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Winner

Fogo Island Inn

If you were seeking the latest sensation to hit the boutique hotel scene, it’s perhaps unlikely you’d look to an island fishing village in northern Newfoundland; but the soul-soothing remoteness of this dramatic edge-of-the-Earth hideaway is what makes it so alluring. Although the bold, Scandinavian-style architecture is as modern as it gets, the inn is inspired by long-standing community tradition. Every detail connects back to the island: local boat-builders were re-trained as furniture makers, a guild of quilters stitched the bespoke bedspreads, the rugs are hand-loomed, and the chef is committed to locally foraged, caught or grown food. Fogo is a heartfelt home-from-home set against a sublime crashing-ocean backdrop – it was a shoo-in for Best Newcomer.

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Runner-up

Kurà

'This couple really know what they're doing when it comes to hospitality. Sustainability credentials are an extra plus' 
Henrietta Thompson, Wallpaper*
'Small and special' 
Mary Garvin, Mr & Mrs Smith head of curation

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Runner-up

Das Stue

'A fine blend of old and new, thoughtfully balanced to create Berlin's coolest luxury hotel – it attracts the hippest crowds'
Serge Dive, Beyond Luxury

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