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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed for two nights. November 9th / 10th.
Upon check-in we were assigned an upgrade to room 747. This was very nice and much appreciated however, the bedhead was next to the wall containing the lift shaft so early in the morning you are woken with the grinding noise of a very old lift weight sliding up and down the lift shaft.
Having said that the room was bright, clean, spacious and well presented. Bathroom was spotless and as always the amenities were of high quality, as you would expect.
We had drinks in the American Bar on several occasions during our stay and each time the service was friendly, efficient, within a truly memorable place. Highly recommended.
Breakfast on the Sunday was refined, apart from a French family who sat next to us, with a child or no more than 4 who was left to run riot while they sat chatting. At one stage he was climbing onto the piano, had an electric cable in his hand and was trying to plug this into anything he could get his hands on...we were amazed to see staff just looking but not saying anything.
He got his comeuppence as we shared the lift with him and his father and another couple after breakfast during which he kept pressing the 0 button keeping the left on the ground floor until finally he fell back and banged his head causing him to scream the whole journey back to our floor. I do hope they read this review they should be ashamed to let him act in such a way!!!!
Everyone is very friendly and goes out of their way to assist you.
A stay at the Savoy is about the 'experience'. Go stay and enjoy
Stayed here last night for a very special occasion. All I can say is how brilliant the hotel staff are at looking after guests. Aicha and Flavia went above and beyond to look after us and both are a credit to the company. The lovely girl who checked us in was also fantastic, I didn’t catch her name. The men who work in the lobby and the front door are also great, incredibly polite and courteous.
Thank you Savoy for a brilliant stay.
My wife and I stayed here for our 20th anniversary. The entire staff was was welcoming and greeted us warmly. There were two Wedgewood China plates waiting for us in the room to mark our 20th! The location was ideal and the amenities were everything we expected.