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Mr & Mrs Smith New Italy Hotel Collection

Mr & Mrs Smithの新しいホテルガイド、 「Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: Italy」が、先月21日に出版された。Mr & Mrs Smithの他のガイドと同じく、スタイリッシュなデザイン、美しい写真にセンスのいい色使いと、素敵な本に仕上がっている。掲載されているホテルも、プチホテルから中規模デザインホテル(大規模高層ホテルチェーンはない)、シティホテルからリゾート、そして値段もリーズナブルなところから長期滞在は考えられない高級ホテルまで、Mr & Mrs Smithならではのテイストの良いホテルが集められている。


Mr & Mrs Smith‘s new hotel guide,” Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: Italy” is published last month. Like other Mr & Mrs Smith‘s gudes, the book is stylishly made: cool design, nice photos, and sophisticated colours. Hotels selected for the book are sleek and chic, typical of Mr & Mrs Smith, and in good variety: from petit B&B to moderate size boutique hotels (but neither skyscrapers nor international mega chains on the book); affordable to upscale that makes me hesitate to stay long; city hotels as well as country retreats.

If I have to list up shortcomings of the guide, it would be: hard-to-read white types on light colours like light gray and smokey yellow; hotel reviews based on writer’s personal experiences, like in articles on travel magazines, are a bit long and irritating (a list of facts is well enough on a guide); make-no-sense YES/NO chart for “HOW TO…identify Renaissance art”; and illustrations of pasta which don’t look like pasta – photos maybe easier to understand this case.


Mr & Mrs Smith South-East Asia Boutique Hotel Collection

先週末から続く大寒波で、ロンドンはかなり寒い。昨日の夜は零下5度まで下がり、今日も最高気温が1度ほど。寒すぎて外に出る気がせず、この間手に入れたMr & Mrs Smithの新しいホテルコレクション・東南アジア版を開き、どんより灰色の空を横目に、紺碧の空と透明な海の広がる常夏のタイやバリ島に心を飛ばした。どこか暖かいところに行きたい。。。

このコレクションは、タイ、マレーシア、インドネシア、フィリピン、ラオス、カンボジア、シンガポール、ベトナムの、センスのいい選りすぐりのビーチリゾートやシティホテルを網羅。フランス版コレクションと同じく、ホテル情報だけでなく、フライトや現地の交通、特産物、必需品など知っておきたい地域別基本情報や、最高のビーチや見どころなどのホテル近辺の情報も含まれ、旅行ガイドとしても使える。それに、Mr & Mrs SmithBlackSmithメンバーシップ半年分無料の特典つき!

The big chill is still here, and I am freezing… Temperature dropped around minus 5° last night and today’s maximum is around 1°. It is so cold that I don’t feel like going out. I picked up Mr & Mrs Smith‘s new boutique hotel collection “South-East Asia” I obtained recently, and daydreamed of going tropical Thailand or Bali with blue sky and clear sea water.

The collection covers hand-picked chic beach resorts and sleek city hotels in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam. Like the France Hotel Collection, the book also works as a guidebook, including basic need-to-know destination information such as flights and local transport as well as local knowledge and specialty, and what’s around each hotel like the best beaches and what to see & do. A big bonus of this book is, Mr & Mrs Smith‘s six months’ free BlackSmith membership!


In this book, I found the Sukhothai hotel in Bangkok where we stayed about 10 years ago – good old memory. Inspired by the Thailand’s historic Kingdom of Sukhothai, the hotel is surprisingly quiet and tranquil in the midst of bustling big city. The room decorated with antique furniture relaxed and soothed me after long day sweating and walking all over the city. It was a very nice and memorable experience. This book makes me feel like going back again, someday…

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