Shop ’til you drop at one of these stunning locations around the world! Mr & Mrs Smith share the best hotels so you’ll be right in the thick of it, too!
From the bustling bright lights of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, to the quaint eclecticism of Portobello market in London, Mr & Mrs Smith has specially handpicked five of the most stylish boutique hotels to complement indulgent holiday shopping sprees.
J PLUS HOTEL BY YOO, Hong Kong, China
This quirky urban retreat in bustling Causeway Bay, just around the corner from legendary dim sum spot Din Tai Fung, was interior designer Philippe Starck’s first foray into Asia. Fuel your shopping forays on caffeine: coffee is served all day in the curio-strewn lobby, and rooms are dotted with playful and humourous design details. Make the most of the hotel’s ambassadors as your on-loan Hong Kong shopping guides, and explore the wealth of retail adventure that’s right on the doorstep. Or, if you’re more of an independent explorer, borrow one of the hotel’s iPhones, preloaded with up-to-the-minute city tips and maps.
Smith extra: A half-bottle of red wine.
METROPOLITAN BY COMO, Bangkok, Thailand
Refined and minimal, the Metropolitan by COMO, Bangkok hotel is an exclusive property with a sophisticated Thai restaurant and dimly lit bar. This is a sleek and contemporary base for soaking in the city’s shopping haunts and nightlife – rooms are pared back and spacious – the better to hold your loot from upscale shopping centre Siam Paragon’s designer boutiques. Soothe your après-spree soles at the serene spa or in the peaceful outdoor pool.
Smith extra: Daily Metropolitan breakfast and a martini each in the Met bar.
THE LASLETT, London, United Kingdom
A stone’s throw from Portobello road and Notting Hill’s iconic shopping hotspots, the Laslett has a demure Victorian façade and elegant dove-grey and red interiors. It’s infused with the offbeat charisma of hip British brands and a cast of local legends, including Le Couilles du Chien’s antiques expert Jerome Dodd, Biba founder-cum-artist Barbara Hulanicki and restaurateur Sally Clarke. It’s also only a short hop away from the glittering boutiques of Old Bond Street and Regents Street. When you can shop no more, drop into the Laslett’s bar for the signature cocktail: a refreshing and rum-heavy nod to Notting Hill’s Carnival festivities.
Smith extra: A branded reversible canvas tote.
CLASKA, Tokyo, Japan
Set in Tokyo’s shop-packed Meguro district, which is bursting with tiny independent stores and local eateries, this super-chic joint is part gallery, part event space and part boutique, and it excels in each of its roles. Take a cue from Claska’s award-winning design (by Tei Shuwa of Intentionalities and the British design firm Tomato), and look for both vintage finds and stylish ultra-modern accessories in Meguro; explore further afield or take in some culture on Wednesdays, when most of the district’s shops are closed. Leave room in your case for design-conscious knick-knacks from Do, the hotel’s gallery and shop.
Smith extra: A half-bottle of sparkling wine. GoldSmiths also get free breakfast on each morning of their stay.
HOTEL PRINCIPAL, Madrid, Spain
This newly opened and refined townhouse has a rooftop terrace and sophisticated but comfortable interiors, including rooms of contrasting muted greys and deep purples and dramatic black and white bathrooms. Build up some stamina with breakfast in the conservatory-style restaurant, from where you can survey the streets and get your boutique-shopping bearings before you head out for the day. This elegant city stay is just off the Gran Via, the boulevard that never sleeps, known for its crowd-pulling musicals, distinctive architecture and upscale shops. For antique shops and independent boutiques, head north to the exclusive barrio of Salamanca.
Smith extra: A welcome drink each, late check-out (subject to availability) and 30 per cent off the hotel’s private transfers; GoldSmith members also receive a free bottle of cava.
Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call the Smith24 team toll-free on 800 905 326, or visit www.mrandmrssmith.com.