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Hotel Spy: The Savoy, London

by Simon Lazarus
12 April, 2013
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Savoy Hotel

 
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Savoy Lobby

Situated within touching distance of the River Thames, the 5 star Savoy is synonymous with high end luxury, attention to detail, stunning Art Deco design and superb views that will make you want to stay for longer.

If you are culture vulture, then indulge your theatrical muscles at the nearby Royal Opera House, based in the heart of London’s Theatreland district, while the iconic British Museum is only a ten minute stroll away.

The streets of Covent Garden are close by with a plethora of boutique stores and cutting edge fashion.Founded back in 1889, this venue is just as much a London institution as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament or Big Ben.

Tell me about it

Savoy Hotel bedroom

Reopened just three years ago after an incredible £220 million revamp, did you know that Claude Monet was the Savoy’s first official resident artist?

In fact Prince Charles himself was responsible for bringing in the new era at this particular venue. Everything has been maintained with a keen eye thanks to the detailed design by Pierre Yves Rochon.

The hotel has been bought, paid for and brought right up to date in the most sumptuous style by Royal Saudi tycoon 56 year old Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. When the billionaire Prince comes to stay, arriving in England in his own luxury Boeing, the hotel suite has to be kept at a chilled 18 degrees centigrade at all times.

The extensive renovations incorporate a host of period features that encapsulates what the Savoy embodies. From the ornate marble bathrooms in every room to the natural light that bathes the incredible Thames Foyer room, it is a real visual feast.

When it comes to accommodation, you can opt for one of their magnificent Luxury King rooms that are considered to some of the biggest space wise.

They include a number of different amenities that blend together classic Edwardian with inspiring Art Deco touches that will ensure you feel like a star treading the red carpet.

Enjoy a choice of daily newspapers, an ornate writing desk, plasma TVs from Loewe not to mention docking stations for your iPod’s and freestanding bathtubs.

But that just won’t do. Book yourself into one of their one bed suites with fabulous riverside views and feel the stress start to fade.

You can take advantage of their famous butler service, a personal chauffeur, separate cloakroom, 40 inch plasmas and bespoke furnishings that simply ooze style.

Hungry for more

Savoy Grill

The renaissance continues at the Savoy which now features the impressive Savoy Grill under the leadership of Stuart Gillies who hails from the culinary stable of Gordon Ramsay. Their rib of beef is legendary!

Beaufort Bar Savoy

Meanwhile, the River Restaurant serves up innovative French dishes, while the glamorous Beaufort Bar provides a dramatic backdrop for a superb cocktail or glass of champagne with a number of vintages on offer.

For the most quintessential British experience, you simply must indulge your sweet tooth in the Savoy’s own interpretation of afternoon tea.

If that’s not enough, you can enjoy their bespoke tea store at Savoy Tea. This is where you can take away a little gift of your own from the array of sumptuous tea selections, individual jams and several accessories to create your own tea experience.

Indulge

Personality Suite

Choose one of their high end Personality Suites which are named after some of the illustrious former residents. Rub shoulders in the Maria Callas suite or enjoy a drink from your very own personal bar in the Charlie Chaplin room.

By the way

Marilyn Monroe at the Savoy Hotel

Other guests that have graced the Savoy include a who’s who of political figureheads and Hollywood greats. This includes the likes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, seen here enjoying afternoon tea, Katharine Hepburn, Sir Winston Churchill and just about anyone famous whom you care to name.

Now where did I put that cigar!

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Simon is a published journalist in the UK, US and Europe on a range of topics and currently has a number of clients in different sectors for whom he produces content on a weekly basis. Topics include travel, property, food, lifestyle, finance, hi-tech and business.

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