The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
What We Love
- The building oozes decadence (and history), from the lobby’s Wedgewood wall frieze to the Beaufort Bar’s gilded alcoves
- You’ll struggle to find a finer White Lady cocktail or Peach Melba dessert — they were invented here
- Perennially popular for special occasion meals, pre-theater drinks and decadent afternoon teas, the hotel is always abuzz
What To Know
- The spa's great but compact - a fitness center with a small pool and a couple of treatment rooms
- Advance booking is recommended for afternoon tea and cocktails
- It’s worth the splurge for a riverfront room for views of the London Eye and the Thames (ask for one on an upper floor so your view isn’t blocked by trees)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A true icon, The Savoy set the standard in luxury when it opened in 1889 — and its standards haven’t slipped since. Bang in the center of London and as beloved by world leaders and CEOs as by romancing couples and well-heeled families, it offers an experience everyone should enjoy at least once in their life. The 268 individually designed guest rooms are understatedly opulent: split between Edwardian and Art Deco, they feature crystal chandeliers, curvaceous writing desks, claw-foot bathtubs, and, in the riverfront rooms, views of landmarks like the London Eye and Big Ben. The real atmosphere, though, is at the hotel’s bar lounges. Get a taste of the 1920s at Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill or stateside history at the legendary American Bar (it’s hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Judy Garland).
In the Area
The Savoy is centrally located, steps from Lyceum Theatre and Victoria Embankment Gardens and close to King’s College London and Trafalgar Square. Catch a show at the Savoy Theatre, attached to the hotel, which has been known to screen performances including Legally Blonde and Cabaret. Somerset House is a hidden gem a couple of blocks away and a hangout for locals, who come in winter for ice skating in a romantic setting and in summer for bijou concerts, open-air films, and to play in the fountains. As far as shopping goes, ye olde Covent Garden market is cute but touristy. Wander through it and to the other side to Neal Street and Seven Dials for more interesting shopping options, such as the Vintage Showroom and Fly London.
How to Get There
Wonderful hotel and great staff to accommodate your every need. From the time you walk in until the time you check out you will feel wrapped in luxury. The hotel is old world with modern amenities located steps from Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. You will be impressed!
Stayed in a junior suite and this hotel is okay. Not what I expected from the renowned Savoy. Décor was bland in the room, hallways too. Staff were nice, but not exceptional. All in all, good but not great.
They have a dinner dance there with Alex Mendham and his Orchestra...a 1920's full orchestra. What a Gatsby evening. The food is heavenly, the music is marvelous, and every detail is perfect. I include this evening every year as part of my winter vacation. One year I went a full week earlier than necessary just to make sure I got to attend...and it was certainly worth it.
My husband & I had an outstanding stay at The Savoy. It is elegant, welcoming and stellar in terms of service and ambience. This iconic hotel has artwork and decor that are classic and beautiful and its location is perfect for walking to many of London's destinations. We will never forget the experience of having our breakfast served in their beautiful dining room with waiters in formal frock coats and using fine china; everything was delicious and we felt totally pampered. The rooms have individual door bells and are roomy and comfortable with a huge bathroom, very well designed. We can't wait to return!
This was our first stay here since the hotel’s total refurb 8 years ago.
The iconic building, it’s location and thoroughly personalised welcome by it’s slick staff was Just as memorable as our last visit.
Our stay was to coincide with a work Christmas luncheon being held at the Savoy Grill. Lunch was terrific, a wonderful and unrushed 7 course delight, cooked, served and choreographed impeccably.
After lunch We were charmingly escorted to our 7th floor deluxe room. For us this was where the magic ended and when we became less impressed. A large room with a side view of the river, it lacked any wow that the rest of the buildings public spaces ooze. Although impeccably clean, the charm and grandeur we remembered was gone. It could have been any room in any 4 or 5* hotel of this style.
After a long day of travelling and being entertained, at least we thought, the bed and it’s beautifully prepared high thread count linen would be a welcome sanctuary. Mmmm...although the bed itself was firm and comfortable and the linen fresh n crisp, the pillows lacked support( a personal thing I know) and the duvet! The duvet had definitely seen far better days and was in effect just an empty duvet cover with a few feathers only in the corners. This made for us an uncosy bad sleep and more negative feelings about the room.
Someone made up this bed prior to our arrival knowing full well it was not up to par for any hotel standard ....but for the Savoy?...very disappointing. The devil is always in the detail and on this occasion it was lacking.