The Savoy - Traditional Luxury hotel in London
One of the world’s most iconic hotels, the Savoy is a jewel that stands on the banks of the river Thames.
Long said to be London’s most famous hotel, the Savoy was originally brought to glory in the 19th century by the legendary hotelier Cesar Ritz. Few hotels in the world impart such a sense of history and occasion as the Savoy, with countless stars including Frank Sinatra, Claude Monet and Sir Winston Churchill, visiting throughout its illustrious past. Keeping it amongst the best hotels in London, The Savoy recently underwent a £200m restoration and was reopened by His Royal Highness Prince Charles in 2011. No details were spared during the work with the full restoration of the afternoon tea room’s famous cupola and the even the Savoy’s private pier on the river Thames getting a makeover.
Being one of the best hotels in London, The Savoy contains some of the best amenities too. The American bar has played hosts to stars for over 50 years, Gordon Ramsay’s new adventure ‘the Grill’ is one of the most talked about restaurants in London and the tea shop is one of the most inventive amenity of any hotel in the city.
The Thames Foyer
The Thames Foyer is crowned with a stunning period stained glass cupola that floods its informal dining space with natural light making it memorable place to enjoy breakfast or a traditional English afternoon tea. Very much the focal point of the hotel, the rooms captivating atmosphere is complemented by a live pianist on most days.
Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill
Remaining faithful to its traditional past, the Grill recently underwent an exhaustive restoration as opposed to a complete redesign, and to good effect too. The lacquer panelling exudes class whilst the distressed mirrors and pendulous chandeliers add drama to the historic fabric of the venue. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay heads up the kitchen, producing modern British dishes.
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill
Perched above the river Thames, Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill is a tribute to Art Deco style with its turquoise banquettes, crystal chandeliers and black and white tiled floors. Like all things Savoy the restaurant contains a quirky nod to its past - a wooden cat sculpture, called ‘Kaspar,’ that was acquired by the hotel in the 1920’s, be sure to ask the staff why.
Much an institution amongst London bars, The American Bar has remained as glamorous as when the Savoy first opened. A tuxedoed pianist bounces smooth jazz off the sleek curves of the white bar, its art deco mirrors and the Terry O’Neill portraits on a nightly basis.
The new Beaufort Bar combines a wow factor with excellent drinks. The heavily Art Deco influenced space overflows with opulence; the Alcoves are lined with £38,000’s worth of gold leaf that perfectly complement the exquisite black velvet furnishings and drapes.
Savoy Tea Shop
Reminiscent of the Burlington Arcade, the Savoy Teas shop in the upper foyer is a great and quirky addition to the hotel, enjoyed by all the family. Kids can watch and take part in chocolate making, and adults can craft their own special brand of tea.
The Rooms and Suites
The 268 rooms and suites in the Savoy Hotel are some of the most elegant in London. Following the hotels recent renovation guests can choose from either Art Deco or traditional Edwardian styles in the majority room categories. Suites and above enjoy a complimentary mini bar, butler and chauffeur service.
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Guest Rooms | Queen Bed | Connecting* | 30sqm
Available in elegant Edwardian or Art Deco styles the ample sized guest rooms overlook the hotels quiet courtyard. Sensitively renovated to reflect the hotel's original character, they feature a writing desk, armchair and a Loewe flat screen TV. All rooms have well-appointed full marble bathrooms.
Deluxe King Rooms | King or Twin | Connecting* | 32sqm
Also offering the choice between Art Deco and Edwardian styles, Deluxe Rooms offer the same amenities as the Guest Rooms but with added space. Twin or King Beds can be requested and many of the bathrooms come with separate bathtubs and showers.
Luxury King Rooms | Connecting* | 40sqm
The luxury rooms at the Savoy Hotel are some of the largest in London. At over 40sqm the rooms have a generous seating area with a 2 person sofa located at the end of the bed. The marble bathrooms all have walk-in rain showers and separate bathtubs.
Luxury King River View | Connecting* | River Views | 43sqm
The top category of rooms boast a stunning panorama over the river Thames and beyond from their oversized windows. All are decorated in a charming Edwardian style, with period furniture and original art work. Their large bathrooms all feature period claw foot bathtubs and separate walk-in showers.
Junior Suite | Connecting* | 42-58sqm
The spacious, open plan Junior Suites have distinct sitting and sleeping areas. They offer the choice of Art Deco or traditional Edwardian styles for different tastes. Connecting to up to 2 additional rooms, they can make a 3 bedroom space that is ideal for families. Some suites have a walk-in wardrobe and all feature separate walk-in showers and bath tubs.
Junior Suite River View | Balcony* | River Views | 45sqm
Individually decorated in an Edwardian style, no two River View Junior suites are the same. All, though, are very much in the original character of the hotel with each suite containing an open plan seating area with a sofa, armchair and writing desk. One of the suites even features a stunning balcony perched above the river Thames.
Savoy Family Suite | King + Two Twins | 55sqm
Very much catering for families these suites have two bedrooms sharing one bathroom. They are decorated in the hotels original Edwardian theme, with one room housing a king bed and the other two twins.
One Bedroom Suite | Connecting* | Butler | 55-68sqm
Overlooking the hotels quiet courtyard the One Bedroom suites offer separate living and sleeping rooms. Similarly to other categories the suites are either decorated in an Edwardian or Art Deco style. All suites enjoy the Savoy’s excellent butler service in addition to a complimentary chauffeured car to and from London airports.
One Bedroom River Suites | Connecting* | Guest W.C. | Butler | 80sqm
The large One Bedroom River suites enjoy fantastic views over the river Thames and London from both the living and bedrooms. All are decorated in an authentic Edwardian style with individually selected original art pieces. The opulent marble bathrooms have double vanities, free standing baths and a separate walk-in rain shower.
Personality Suites | Connecting* | Butler | Guest W.C. | 68-80sqm
The charming Personality Suites are all independently designed to reflect the character of previous high profile guests to the hotel; being Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra and Richard Harris. Each one is Art Deco by design and have been furnished with special pieces, artwork and antiques associated with their namesake. Every Suite features a sofa, two armchairs and writing desk in the sitting room, a dressing table and armchair in the bedroom. Their bathrooms have double vanities, free standing baths and a separate walk-in rain shower.
Personality River View Suites | Connecting* | River View | Butler | 80sqm
The five Personality River View Suites are inspired by the demeanours of Maria Callas, Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Katherine Hepburn and artist Claude Monet. All Edwardian in style their living rooms feature a marble entrance foyer, sofa, two armchairs and writing desk that converts into a dining table, whilst the bedroom contains a dressing table and armchair.
Royal Suite | 2 Bedroom | Dining Room | River View | Kitchenette |Guest W.C. | 325sqm
Spread over the whole riverfront of the hotels 5th floor, the Royal Suite has one of the best panoramic views over London - from its eight enormous windows guests can see an uninterrupted vista from Canary in the East to Big Ben in the West. The inside of the suite is just as expansive with a marble entrance foyer giving way to an airy interior influenced by English formal gardens. The suite houses a beautiful wood panelled period office, large and comfortable living room and separate dining room big enough for eight. The master bedroom meanwhile has a walk-in wardrobe, his and her bathrooms, a beep soaking tub and steam shower. The suite also includes a kitchen.
Bluebird's Favourite Feature:
Being full to the brim of amenities, special features and cultured history, the Savoy has a number of amenities that would be more than a deserving favourite, however it is the Thames Foyer that stands out. The immaculate room, that combines huge pillar supported ceilings with tiny intricate details, is flooded with light from the historic stained class cupola at its centre.
Perhaps, though, above all else what makes the room so special is the atmosphere, that of well healed guest enjoying London’s best afternoon tea to the serenade of a grand piano – a timeless atmosphere is it imparts the unmistakable feeling of London, and indeed Britain on all guests and passers-by.
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