Savoy Hotel in London is legendary since its opening in 1889 and for many good reasons. First, its location right by the River Thames in Strand, then guests such as Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, and then its luxury, services, restaurants, and style. This hotel was the first in England to be pupposely built to be a hotel. If you were anybody, wanted to be treated like royalty, and enjoy understated luxury, you simply had to spend a night or a few at Savoy, see its Edwardian décor, and dine at one of the famed restaurants of the hotel. Today's who is who are still staying at the hotel for the same reasons.
The hotel is not only one of the most exclusive and famed in London, but is well known worldwide. Its customers are not poor and the hotel caters to all of them flawlessly. When you stay there, you can expect to be recognized and called by name.
The entre establishment underwent 220 million English pound renovations in 2010, during which the spirit and Edwardian style and Art Décor elements were preserved, but updated and enriched with top of the line modern technology.
Every corner of the hotel has become legendary – afternoon tea service, American Bar, where some of the brightest Hollywood stars used to hang out and still do, and The Savoy Grill, one of the favorite dining places of Winston Churchill. The hotel has stories with all kinds of celebrities – singers, rock bands, and actors. The staff through the years has seen it all, but always the professionals they continue to be discreet.
The Savoy is iconic and recognizable from the first steps you take on that checkerboard marble floor of the lobby and lift your gaze up to the magnificent chandeliers.
The hotel is traditional, but when it comes to modern technology, it's at the forefront. The first elevators in London were installed in this hotel and each room was equipped with bathrooms when it was unheard of anywhere else. Today's guests will enjoy iPhone docs, LCD TVs, hundreds of channels, and modems.
The hotel is located on the Strand, from which guests can walk to see Trafalgar Square and visit Big Ben. Plenty of shopping destinations are right by the hotel. In 15 minutes on foot you can reach the beginning of Buckingham Palace Mall with parks and another 10 will take you to the palace itself. The Royal Opera House and The National Portrait Gallery each is 10 minute walk away.
The rooms are very comfortable, most face the River Thames. All the rooms feature classic Edwardian design, simple details, quiet colors, and exceptional luxury – from Mascioni linens to twice per day room service and on-demand butler service. Not all rooms look the same, but they all offer the same amount of luxury. Some rooms have showers and bathtubs, while higher level ones have walk-in showers and separate stand-alone tubs. Expect to see antique style furniture, checkerboard marble floors, Murano glass chandeliers, and soft silk wall papers. You will be treated to luxurious toiletries, bath robes, and slippers.
You can choose to stay in single rooms, double suites, or family suites with 2 bedrooms. Personality suites all feature different famous guest from the past themes.
Savoy business guests can use 24-hour conference center with computers and printers. Wi-Fi is free in common areas, but paid for in the rooms. There is also a Beauty & Fitness Spa facility with 24-hour gym, personal trainers, relaxing steam rooms, comfortable saunas, and spa procedures. The swimming pool features natural light and is warm all the time. The hotel is eco-conscious and has a combined heat and power plant.