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And the Winner is…? Smith launches first global boutique hotel awards

September 13, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Will it be QT Sydney’s sleek design? The Upper House’s mouth-watering restaurant? Or Crosby Street Hotel’s coolest bar? Globe-roving boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith are celebrating 10 years in travel with the launch of their own stylish hotel awards, and they’re inviting boutique hotel fans around the world to participate.

For the first time, Smith is putting the hotels in their curated collection head-to-head in 12 innovative award categories, including the Greatest OutdoorsAbove and Beyond service, and the Sexiest Bedroom in the World.

Excellence250X250pxThe new awards mark Smith’s 10-year anniversary, and applaud the development of the boutique hotel movement around the world. From now until 9 October the boutique hotel-loving public can help shortlist their favourite hotels by voting in each of the categories at

By participating, voters also give themselves the chance to win a five-night stay at the property awarded Best Smith Hotel 2013 – not a bad result for sharing your opinion!

There is no cost for hotels to enter, and no nominations – the awards are based on a public vote. The 900+ Smith hotels in the collection can get involved by encouraging their visitors, guests and fans to vote for any of the prestigious award categories, via emails or social media.

Hotel winners in each category will be picked from a shortlist by a team of specialist judges from the worlds of travel, fashion, food and beyond. Judges include tastemakers like editor and design expert Neale Whitaker; interior designer Ilse Crawford; blogger, TV host and best-selling author Sarah Wilson; restaurateur Marcus Wareing; and The Sartorialist Scott Schuman.

The winners will be announced on 7 November at a special awards event to be held in London, with the Best Smith Hotel winner to be announced via webcast globally.

“During the past decade, hundreds of people have asked us what our favourite boutique hotel is, and we thought it was about time we answered them,” said James Lohan CEO and co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith.

“But we couldn’t make the final decision without help from boutique hotel-lovers worldwide. We want travellers around the world to contribute to the ultimate hot list of favourite places to stay.” 

Smith Awards Categories

* Best Newcomer * Best Spa Hotel * Best Newcomer * The Eco Award * Hottest Hotel Bar *  Best Hotel Restaurant * Best-Dressed Hotel * Best for Families *  Best Budget Boutique Hotel *  

* Sexiest Bedroom in the World * Above and Beyond * The Greatest Outdoors * Best Smith Hotel 2013

Key dates for Smith Hotel Awards 2013

• 11 September – voting opens

• 9 October – voting closes at 12 midnight.

• 10 October – judging begins.

• 7 November – winners announced at an awards ceremony in London.

• 8 November – winners published online at

Smith Hotel Awards Website:

Twitter: #smithawards

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