Winners announced

8 November 2013

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The Smith Hotel awards:Showcasing the world's
most stylish stays

Hottest Hotel Bar

Hottest Hotel Bar

Here's where things get interesting: cocktail-lovers and barflies rejoice, this is your territory. Put simply, the Hottest Hotel Bar is a scene-stealing headline act.

It's hip (not achingly so) and happening (without trying). In idle moments when you yearn for unexpected pleasures or a great night out, this is the sort of bar you'd want to inhabit. The barkeep's your NBF, and the hotel's signature cocktail is right up your street. Why go out, when staying in is this good?


Winner Ace Hotel New York

New York, United States

 Winner Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Ace Hotel New York

Hip, quirky and brimming with confidence, New York’s Ace channels the spirit of its home city with insouciant flair. Populated by incognito A-listers and hipster movers and shakers at all times of day, the ever-bustling lobby bar could be a stage set swiped from Broadway. With panelled walls, distressed Chesterfields and a touch of taxidermy, the corner bar evokes the library of a Park Avenue apartment, and the cocktails from the Breslin are crafted by the master of the mix, Milk & Honey’s Sasha Petraske.


Runner up Zetter Townhouse

London, United Kingdom

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 The Zetter Townhouse

'Like being in your wacky English aunt's house, with some of the best libations London has to offer, by the guys behind the Brilliant 69 Colbrooke Row'
Ben Pundole, A Hotel Life


Runner up Fasano Rio

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

 Runner up Smith Hotel Awards 2013 Fasano Rio

'Because it has the killer view of Ipanema, and because just being there feels glamorous. There is no better place to sip a cocktail in Rio'.
Tamara Lohan, Mr & Mrs Smith co-founder

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Insider appeal

Is this the place to see and be seen? Does it attract A-list clients or under-the-radar tastemakers? Is it a word-of-mouth legend or celebrated icon? Maybe its location is new, exciting or unexpected.


This is a bar run with flair and dedication: staff know their stuff, the mixologist is fearless and masterful, the soundtrack is spun with love. The passion should be palpable.


The world's Hottest Hotel Bar is a one-off – it has a distinctive flavour (and it probably has a signature drink); and whether it's a tropical beach bar or a city-skyline rooftop, its look and feel will let you soak up the surroundings and drink in your destination.


Is there a buzz in the air? Do people flock from far and wide to step through the hotel door? Does the bar boast scene-setting design that gets you in the mood? A big-name DJ, musicians, performers of some kind? Nobody like to drink alone – but in a really great bar, you'd probably be happy to.


The world's Hottest Hotel Bar is serious about its offerings. Killer cocktails are customised and made with a well-edited spirit selection or home-spun infusions; if there's a wine list, it's knowledgably sourced and presented; beer is craft and draught; and all the trimmings (from bar snacks to bar stools) are carefully considered.

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Our judges

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  • Ben Pundole

    Ben Pundole

  • Tony Conigliaro

    Tony Conigliaro

  • Jared Brown

    Jared Brown