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Voting Opens for the 2018 Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards

October 6, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Mr & Mrs Smith – the travel club for hotel lovers – is once again searching for the very best boutique hotels around the world, with a new category, Best Smith Villa, added to highlight their ever-growing collection of private villas.

During the month of October, boutique travellers around the world are invited to join a public vote to determine who merits the ultimate accolade, Best Smith Hotel 2018, from the 1,000-strong Smith collection. The remaining 11 categories will be decided by an all-star panel of judges.

Now in its fifth consecutive year, the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards aim to highlight those truly special, one-of-a-kind places, that set the benchmark for style, service and sexiness.

The Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards are a chance to shine a spotlight on some of the most incredible escapes in the company’s hotel and villa collections. The 12 categories celebrate the unique experiences that really resonate with today’s traveller – a hotel that goes the extra mile; a bar that sets the date-night tone; a spa that makes us never want to leave.

With results announced on Thursday 18 January 2018 (and a sneak-preview, champagne-popping press party in London on Wednesday 17th January), the awards aim to celebrate the world’s most stylish stays, while setting the agenda for the most desirable destinations in travel for the year to come.

How it works

The top 10 hotels in 11 categories are first selected by Smith’s expert insiders – including company founders, James and Tamara Lohan. Shortlists are then put to a panel of three specialist judges for each category. The final headline award – Best Smith Hotel 2018 – is decided by public vote, with every hotel in Smith’s worldwide collection in with a chance of winning.

The vote takes place from 2-31 October at Anyone who takes part will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a £1,000 Smith gift card.

Announcing the 2018 awards, James Lohan, co-founder of Mr & Mrs Smith, says:

‘Over the last 15 years, Mr & Mrs Smith has expanded from a publisher of boutique guidebooks to an international travel club for hotel lovers, with a 1,000-strong collection around the world. What better way to celebrate this evolution than our annual Mr & Mrs Smith Awards? The boutique hotel industry has never been in better shape, with a year of exciting new openings. The big one – Best Smith Hotel 2018 – is determined by our ever-discerning Smith public, who help set the agenda for the year ahead. And to mark our anniversary, we’re excited to announce a new accolade, Best Smith Villa, which highlights home-away-from-home stays with hotel-like style and substance.’

The judges

This year, Mr & Mrs Smith has reached out to its network of global tastemakers to put together a panel of expert judges, all selected for their magpie-like critical eye and impeccable travel credentials. The complete lineup is listed within the full 12 categories on Highlights of this year’s judges include:

  • Award-winning TV presenter, journalist, author and co-restaurateur, Magdalena Roze
  • Co-founder & creative director of Coveteur, Jake Rosenberg
  • Australian Jewellery designer, Lucy Folk
  • Bridal and couture designer, Jenny Packham
  • British artist and illustrator, Angelica Hicks
  • Founder and curator of cult concept store Becker Minty, Jason Minty
  • Founder of travel-inspired website Captain & the Gypsy Kid, Sheree Commerford
  • Photographer, illustrator and author, Garance Dore
  • Co-founder and creative director of Australian fashion label Aje, Edwina Robinson

The 12 awards categories

  • World’s Sexiest Bedroo​m
  • Best-Dressed Hote​l
  • ​Best Date-Night Bar
  • Best Gourmet Getaway
  • Best Pool with a Vie​​w​
  • Coolest Creative Hub
  • Most Spoiling Spa
  • Local Hotel Hero
  • Best Family Hotel
  • Above & Beyond
  • Best Smith Villa
  • Best Smith Hotel 2018

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