Country Tails

October 19, 2015

Smith Hotel Awards 2015 

The Smith Hotel Awards  has been celebrating stylish places to stay and telling their stories since 2013. The awards evening, which takes place on Thursday, November 5th, shines a spotlight on some of the most incredible escapes in the Smith Hotel Collections from around the world. 

This year we’re delighted to be one of the dedicated brand partners, and even more excited that our very own James Chase will be judging the Hottest Hotel Bar category, where he’ll be looking for the best Hotel Bar who goes above and beyond the following criteria:


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.


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 likes to drink alone – but in a really great bar, you’d probably be happy to.


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 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.


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.

For a full list at this years nominees, click HERE

Winners announced 6th November