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
All staff (especially the concierge, reception and restaurant) pampered us all with their polished and professional service which just added on our big day at the Palace!
Room was outstandingly clean and the double upgrade a pleasant surprise which added to the occasion.
The Savoy's location is second to none.
Having spent Christmas & the New Year at another hotel in London, my wife decided she would like to stay a while longer, so having not been for quite a few years she wanted to try the Savoy again. After a poor start as regards the room we were allocated on the first night, by chance the next day we met Ruairi O’Farrell, who is Guest Relations, he was an absolute star at turning the tables around as it were, we were offered an upgraded room with a river view, which is what we normally have. During our stay Ruairi from time to time checked we were happy and in our opinion he went much more than that extra mile to look after us both. On checking out my wife got chatting to Sean Davoren the head butler, he was telling her all about the James Corden YouTube clip, Take a Break that he took part in, Sean is a most charming man and it was an absolute privilege and our pleasure to have met both gentlemen, it made our stay very special to us both indeed, we will be back for sure. A&MG
Wonderful hotel the service is second to none. We had a Brilliant room overlooking Thames (junior suite) loved it. Will definitely return. Highly recommend a visit to both bars and breakfast was excellent. Staff are so helpful nothing is too much trouble without a fuss.
Great position for Covent Garden and soho also all the theatres.
A wonderful experience at the Savoy, 5* service at its best. The afternoon tea foyer is beautiful which offers a very relaxing environment and piano playing throughout. A wide selection of cakes & the champagne is to die for.
We decided to treat ourselves to afternoon tea prior to the theatre.
I had heard that it was very good here.
We arrived at River entrance ... don't go there, go to the main hotel entry in Savoy Court off the Strand.
We were slightly early but used the convenience and dropped our coats in the cloakroom by which time they were ready and led us to our table.
We were introduced to our waiter and shown the menu.
We were sat right next to the bandstand where a very nice young woman played the piano as back ground music. Very nice and relaxing.
We decided to treat ourselves to a glass of champagne. Very nice again.
You could have top ups of the sandwiches and tried many different varieties of tea.
There will likely be one to your taste, my favourite was the Chai.
The scones were warm from the oven and very nice with rose jelly and cream.
There were only 2 cakes of each type but you could have more of you so desired. By that time we were both full so we accepted the offer of a small cake box for those left.
The bill was higher than expected, they add 12.5% service charge ... so expect the actual price to be more than the cover price.
It does seem a bit cheeky to extract extra money from you... its not cheap to start with. That said it is high end luxury, and the service was impeccable. Would I go again... not for a second occasion as its a one off treat at that price. It was a lovely place, really nice food and great service, and you are paying for more than just sandwiches. I am really glad we went and do recommend it as a treat.