Winners announced

THE MR & MRS SMITH HOTEL AWARDS

Celebrating stylish places to stay and telling their tales

The Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards: celebrating stylish places to stay and telling their tales – a chance to shine the spotlight on some of the most incredible escapes in our hotel collections.

We want to demonstrate not only the fantastic diversity in the travel market today, but also share over a decade of expertise gathered along the way – and hopefully show you how important your opinions are to us. For the first time, we’ve commissioned a photographer – Polly Brown – to document the 12 winning stays, too. She’s a unique talent; able to tell a story in just one shot, with a quirk and with irreverence. We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to work with her and set her the enviable task of heading on a round-the-world trip.

How does the voting process work?

Firstly, we're asking boutique-hotel lovers around the world to vote for their favourite hotels, in 12 special categories. These votes will help us shortlist a global top 10 for each award. One winner and two runners-up will then be chosen by an expert panel: joining our Smith team judges, we've invited tastemakers, specialists and industry insiders to help select the very best in class.

About Mr & Mrs Smith

We've been visiting and anonymously reviewing stylish boutique hotels and hip holiday stays for a decade now. We only choose our favourites, we send anonymous reviewers to each and every one, and we share the same insider low-down we'd give our best friends. Rest assured: when you book with us, every tiny detail is taken care of.

  1. Why did you launch your own awards?

    We held our inaugural awards in 2013 to celebrate a decade of expertise, to showcase the variety of our collection, to recognise how boutique hotels have evolved, and to encourage boutique-hotel fans around the world to share their favourites.

  2. How are they different from other hotel awards?

    All the voting is public, by people who really know what makes a great hotel: global boutique travellers, hotel fans and Mr & Mrs Smith members worldwide. Our members are loyal, vocal and knowledgable, and love sharing their recommendations – we wanted them to help us celebrate the best places to stay in the world.

  3. How do I vote for my favourite hotel?

    Easy: to vote for your Best Smith Hotel 2016, just complete the simple online voting form any time before 30 September – it's open to any of the 950+ special stays in our collection.

  4. How do I enter the free prize draw?

    By voting: when you submit your form, you'll be automatically entered into our draw, giving you the chance to win a £1,000 Get a room! gift voucher. You'll find more details on our Vote and win page.

What Makes A Smith Hotel? 14 Questions We Ask

There's no secret formula or clipboard checklist of 'must-haves' for a Smith hotel, and we don't do star ratings – but these are the key questions we ask ourselves when we stay in a hotel that we think could be right for our collection:

  1. Is the setting sensational?
  2. Is there a nothing’s-too-much-trouble attitude?
  3. What makes the interiors imaginative?
  4. Would they fix me a bite to eat if I arrived out of hours?
  5. Are the sheets soft-to-the-touch and super-high threadcount?
  6. Is the bathroom brimming with indulgent products?
  7. Could you fit two in that tub?
  8. Can I have a full cooked-to-perfection breakfast in bed?
  9. Is the cocktail lounge buzzing with guests and locals?
  10. Can the barman mix me a perfect martini?
  11. Which table’s best for an intimate dinner?
  12. Could you call this hotel a destination in its own right?
  13. Does it have that hard-to-define magical ambience?
  14. And, most importantly… will Mr or Mrs Smith like it?