One of the world’s most iconic hotel’s, The Savoy is the epitome of British elegance. Opened in 1889, the hotel underwent a £220m refurbishment in 2010 to ensure that it remained the ultimate lavish stay. Many of the rooms have a fabulous view over the river Thames – so good, in fact, that Claude Monet and James Whistler both painted the views of the river during their stay. Other notable guests who frequented the hotel include King Edward VII, Coco Chanel, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Oscar Wilde, amongst many, many more.
The perfect location for Weddings, business meetings, glamorous soirees and dances, it is said that if the walls of the Savoy could talk, they would spill the secrets of the most decadent parties, discreet liaisons and political lunches that have taken place there over the past century.
FOOD AND DRINK
For food lovers and drink connoisseurs, The Savoy plays hosts to seven different restaurants and bars. The opulent Beauford Bar offers a selection of vintage champagne, fine wines and sophisticated cocktails, while the world-famous American Bar combines the finest classics of the past with innovative new twists. There’s Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill which offers an informal yet luxury all-day dining experience, The Savoy Grill, ran under the head chef of Gordon Ramsey Holdings, The Thames foyer which is perfect for a relaxed and informal lunch, and finally, Melba at The Savoy, the new take-away gourmet counter.
The hotel’s two main aesthetics are English Edwardian and Art Deco, and the hotel’s rooms seamlessly blend traditional style with the latest technology, for example, original fireplaces next to flat screen TVs. Materials used by the hotel’s designer, Pierre-Yves Rochon, range from murano glass chandeliers to Italian linens to marble floors.
Room rates at The Savoy start from around £350 per room per night.
WHAT WE LOVE
- The cocktail menu at the hotel’s American Bar is divided into the different areas of London with a variety of drinks listed under each postcode. Some of the more extortionate drinks on offer included a £600 Daiquiri and a £300 Manhattan.
- A pianist serenades guests with songs like “Pure Imagination” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as they enjoy afternoon tea.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
- The Savoy uses the services of Rockabye Babysitters, a well renowned babysitting company in London.
- Cats and dogs less than 20lbs are permitted to stay in the hotel and there is a charge of £25 per day per pet. Guide dogs are always welcome and are exempt from the charge.
The hotel is made up of 267 luxury rooms and suites, many of which offer views across the River Thames and London’s famous landmarks, including the London Bridge. Eight of the suites pay tribute to celebrities who considered The Savoy their ‘home away from home’; the Frank Sinatra Suite, the Claude Monet Suite and the Katharine Hepburn Suite to name a few.
There is a 10-metre heated swimming pool with hydrojets, situated in the atrium and filled with natural light, separated by a glass wall from the fitness suite.
Situated on the third floor of the hotel is the beauty and fitness suite. This area is calmer and more modern looking than the rest of the hotel but of course does not lack any of the grandeur that The Savoy is known for. The changing rooms are spacious with a sauna and steam room tucked away inside, along with a private shower room and dressing room. All treatments on offer on the spa’s menu use products by Natura Bissé, a prestigious Spanish brand that is becoming more and more popular in Europe. We would recommend the spa’s 60-minute Diamond Energy Facial by Natura Bissé as a means of brightening up the skin and restoring its elasticity before you head down to one of the hotel’s restaurants for dinner and drinks.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
After a day spent touring London, get dressed up and make your way to the American Bar for a drink or two; the bar was voted the best in Europe in 2016. After your drinks, have a dance to the classic songs being played by the bar’s live pianist and singer.
WHEN YOU SHOULD GO
The Savoy’s beauty can be seen throughout the entire year, but the hotel’s many original wood-burning fireplaces next to deep-set armchairs make a winter stay especially cozy.