The Smith collection includes some of the world's most astonishing hotels – all design-led escapes potentially worthy of entry into our coffee-table canon. And since our global awards are being voted for by the people who matter most – travel-savvy boutique-hotel lovers like you – there can be no higher accolade than Best Smith Hotel 2013.
Clinging to a clifftop along California’s wild west coast, this big-name Big Sur sanctuary manages to melt into the dramatic surroundings and showcase dreamy design within. Paying homage to architectural classics, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, this hotel accentuates rather than dominates the timeless scenery. Cabins and cottages hover at the rocky edge or perch in the trees, offering an inspiring eyeful of towering redwoods and the Pacific 1,200 feet below. The setting alone would put this hotel on most travellers’ wish-lists, but combined with the luxury of a fireside massage, three infinity pools, clifftop hot tubs and a one-of-a-kind restaurant, it offers, quite simply, one of the world’s very best places to stay. Total seclusion and nothing but soaring condors, starry nights, breathtaking views and a wood-burning fire for company – who could resist?
'An incredible hotel experience that stands out from the
rest architecturally, and for its interiors, service, location and
incredible views. An I-never-want-to-leave and
Katy McCann, Suite DNA
'A wonderful place: beautifully thought out; fantastic
staff who make you feel at home from the second you arrive; spa
treatments that are not to be missed. Who doesn't adore this iconic
Harriet Logan, most-travelled GoldSmith member
The best hotel in the world will cover many of the criteria laid out in the other awards categories: if there's a spa, it will be exceptional; the dining delectable; the grounds breathtaking; and the bar atmospheric. Service should be seamless; and bedrooms beautiful - in short, it's nothing short of spectacular.
Does your favourite hotel exemplify what Mr & Mrs Smith would look for in a romantic retreat, city break or tropical-island hideaway? Is it gorgeous, characterful, unique, and focused on quality with an attention to detail that borders on mania? Does it make your heart skip a beat? Did it surprise and delight at every turn? This is a hotel you want to shout about – and so do we.
That said, an expectation of excellence doesn't mean the big guns should overshadow the smaller stars. What's important here is that the Best Smith Hotel 2013 is at the top of its game and the best of its kind – be that a countryside gastropub, luxury city hotel, beach resort or tropical forest lodge.
This is the inaugural Smith Hotel Awards, so we're excited to discover what your favourite hotel of the year will be – what will be judged the world's best boutique hotel. It might be the newest on the scene, or an old favourite that still has relevance today: either way, the Best Smith Hotel 2013 will be current, forward-looking, and heading for even greater success.