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The Savoy

The Savoy

The Savoy

The Savoy

The Savoy

The Savoy

The Savoy

The Savoy

Address Strand; London WC2R 0EU
by Exeter Street
Neighbourhood Covent Garden | See on map
Tube Temple [Circle, District], Charing Cross [Northern, Bakerloo]
Telephone +44 20 7592 1600
Website http://www.the-savoy.com/
http://www.fairmont.com/savoy
Price From £350 plus taxes

After one incredibly expensive (and supposedly eco-friendly) makeover and much hoo-ing, hah-ing and date-fiddling, one of London’s grandest luxury hotels has re-opened for business. And as with the finest kind of feather-facelift, she’s maintained a graceful dignity with none of the unsightly creases to swing open her doors again to the kind of classical English Edwardian grandeur that we’ve come to expect.

Outfitted in either art deco or Edwardian style, guestrooms range from the single-traveller Savoy Room to the slightly roomier 325 square meter Royal Suite, all with proper English Miller Harris toiletries, Bill Amberg desks and the famously enormous rain showerheads, and most enjoying amazing views over the Thames. There are even nine ‘Personality’ suites named after former guests from Marlene Dietrich to Frank Sinatra, furnished with the kind of art and antiques supposedly reminiscent of their namesakes.

The food & bev options are sorted, too: Gordon Ramsey has taken on the challenge of the famous Savoy Grill restaurant, with seating arrangements kept exactly as they were when Churchill and Oscar Wilde came in for the classic chateaubriand. Head to the golden age American Bar or the new Beaufort Bar afterwards for guaranteed (modern-day) star-spotting as London’s finest flock back to this pinnacle of old-school opulence.

It’s classical British luxury at its best, oozing history with all the decadence that entails but with none of the dust. Our only gripe: With such a fine new gym, why close it at 9pm?