Boutique-Hotel Lovers Of The World Rejoice!

Originally published by Mr & Mrs Smith, 5 September 2015

The results are in… Thanks for your help judging the world’s best hotels, slickest city stays and sexiest bedrooms. Who’s won?

The Smith Hotel Awards winners represent the best of their kind in a dozen categories that reflect what in-the-know travellers love most, from postcard-perfect pools and stress-defying spas to mouthwatering meals in spectacular locations…

Best- Dressed Hotel

Getting the interior styling of a hotel right is paramount: niche personality can be off-putting; if it’s too formal , your guests can’t relax; too matchy-matchy, and it feels corporate.

Winners announced 6 November

The winner of Best-Dressed Hotel will be innovative, exemplary and renowned for the integrity of its aesthetic. We’re not looking for a repository of high-cost fittings or design-directory namedropping, but a well-curated assembly of refreshing, inspired ideas. In other words, it’s one hell of a looker.

Best-Dressed Hotel Award Criteria

Outstanding design
Would this hotel be considered exemplary by peers and critics – would it impress and nourish a visionary designer, architect, artist, or magazine editor? Can you picture it on the cover of Elle Deco or Wallpaper*?

Integrity
Does the overall design concept have integrity? Not just a nod to passing trends but a singular focus and harmonious aesthetic – one that marries well with the hotel’s location.

Consistency
There are no short-cuts to quality: attention to detail and a laser focus on finish are essential.

Innovation
Has this hotel broken existing moulds or approached interior design in a refreshing or inspired way? We’re looking for a stay with a unique personality.

Vision
Fundamental to great design is someone with vision. Who’s behind your Best-Dressed Hotel? Think of the design greats, and they’ll all have an overarching sense of purpose that drives their creativity.

Atmosphere
Here’s the key: the whole must exceed the sum of its parts. Hotels have to feel good, as well as look good: comfort counts – and so does humour.

The Nominees:

Central Coast, Australia – Pretty Beach House

A phoenix rising from the ashes of devastating bush fire, Pretty Beach House’s authentic devotion to sense of place and to forging a connection with its Bouddi Peninsula setting is remarkable. Built with hand-thrown mud bricks from New South Wales and reclaimed timber bridge supports from Queensland, its intimate, home-grown aesthetic owes much to the talents of regional artisans and craftsmen.

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