Having built the Savoy Theatre, English agent Richard D’Oyly Carte opened a nearby hotel in 1889 to accommodate wealthy American patrons who came to see the venue’s celebrated Gilbert & Sullivan operas. In years since, the hotel has welcomed everyone from Winston Churchill to Coco Chanel, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin—who is commemorated, along with four other famous guests, in a theatrical Character Cocktail at the hotel’s decadent Beaufort Bar. Others, including Noel Coward and Marlene Dietrich, are saluted in a selection of nine Personality Suites. Anecdotes abound at the Savoy, including the time Marilyn Monroe stopped by for a press conference in 1956 to promote The Prince and the Showgirl with costar Laurence Olivier and caused a media frenzy when she appeared in a black dress that, tantalizingly, revealed her midriff. But unlike some of London's other historic hotels, the Savoy is not one to languish in the past. It completed a $350 million renovation in 2010, in time to celebrate its 125-year anniversary. The result is a timeless hotel where every room tells a story.
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You’re in the very heart of London, on the north bank of the Victoria Embankment, overlooking the River Thames. In front, St Paul’s Cathedral , The Shard , and the Southbank Centre combine to create a dramatic skyline. The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are also in view and an easy walk away. On the other side of the hotel sit the theaters of London’s iconic West End as well as the small boutiques and restaurants of cobblestoned Covent Garden. Arts lovers can enjoy institutions such as Somerset House and the Royal Opera House. Food favorites include the Delaunay and Balthazar, plus the not-to-be-missed restaurants of Chinatown and the sushi bars of Soho.
Need to Know
Rooms: 268 rooms, including 73 suites. From $645. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Art Deco–style Savoy Grill is today presided over by Gordon Ramsay Holdings but takes its Gallic inspiration from Georges Escoffier, the restaurant’s first-ever head chef, credited with popularizing French cuisine. He created the “peach Melba” as a healthier dessert option for the Australian singer and hotel regular Nellie Melba, who was forever on a diet. Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill offers a seafood-focused menu, while the Thames Foyer, with live piano music wafting through the air, provides a grand space for afternoon tea. The historic American Bar deals in classic cocktails, while the newer Beaufort, added as part of the 125-year renovations, specializes in unusual creations. Spa and gym details: A “beauty and fitness” area hides a 33-foot swimming pool, a gym, and three treatment rooms.
Who's it for: Anyone who wants to travel through a century of London history. Ideal for those with traditional tastes. Our favorite rooms: Number 418 is dedicated to American soprano Maria Callas. As with all the Personality Suites, it has a curated film, book, and music selection, plus atmospheric photos of the songstress on the walls. It looks down to the leafy Victoria Embankment Gardens, whose trees give way in autumn to panoramic riverside views of the Thames. Explore the area: Take one of the hotel’s historic tours, offered on the first Monday of every month and run by in-house archivist Susan Scott, who’s been with the Savoy for 25 years. For $65, she’ll talk you through 125 years of history, and you'll end in the hotel’s museum with a glass of champagne.
Mascioni bed linens; daily housekeeping with evening turndown service
English luxury bath amenities by Le Labo; Savoy bathrobe and slippers' shaving/make-up mirror; hairdryer
High quality LCD digital television entertainment with a selection of UK and international TV channels; Ruark / Vita Audio digital radios; UK & USA modems; Two smart two-line telephones; High Speed Broadband Internet Access – wired and wireless
Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill - 1920s style decor, fresh seafood; Simpson's-In-The-Strand - Fine British dining; Savoy Grill - classic Escoffier-inspired grill room; Melba - sweet and savory pastries
Bars and Tea
American Bar - Classic cocktails; Thames Foyer - Afternoon tea service; Beaufort Bar - Cocktails in a theatrical, art deco setting
Spa and Fitness Centre
Beauty & Fitness - Private facility with 10m swimming pool; state-of-the-art fitness equipment, sauna and steam room
Superior Queen Rooms
Superior Queen Rooms are decorated in traditional Edwardian style with muted neutrals and dark wood accents, or in an Art Deco layout with graphic floral and geometric furnishings. Many with quiet courtyard or city views, Superior Queen Rooms have ample natural light and feature generous marble bathrooms with luxurious showerheads, large chrome fixtures, and Le Labo amenities. The rooms also have a writing desk, armchair, Loewe flat-screen television, Ruark/Vita Audio iPod docking station, personal bar and custom-made Savoy furnishings.
Deluxe King rooms are decorated in either Edwardian or Art Deco style, with many overlooking the courtyard or city. Guests have the option of a roll out bed to accommodate an additional guest. Many of the luxurious marble bathrooms feature a separate walk-in shower and all include The Savoy’s famous showerheads, large chrome fittings, and Le Labo amenities. The rooms also have a writing desk, armchair, Loewe flat-screen television, Ruark/Vita Audio iPod docking station, personal bar and custom-made Savoy furnishings.
Luxury King or Double Double
Spacious and with distinctive features, Luxury Rooms are decorated in either Edwardian or Art Deco style and retain much of their original character whilst setting 21st century standards. Rooms overlook the courtyard, city or offer partial river views. Marble bathrooms all feature the giant Savoy showerhead, and Le Labo amenities. The rooms also have a writing desk, armchair, Loewe flat-screen television, Ruark/Vita Audio iPod docking station, personal bar and custom-made Savoy furnishings.
Luxury King River View
These large luxurious rooms directly overlook the River Thames, offering unbeatable views across the East and West panorama and over to the vibrant South Bank. All rooms are decorated in elegant Edwardian style and retain much of their original character. The marble bathrooms are generously proportioned with freestanding claw-foot tubs, separate walk-in showers with rainfall showerhead, and Le Labo amenities. The Luxury King River View Rooms also feature a writing desk, armchair, Loewe flat-screen television, Ruark/Vita Audio iPod docking station, personal bar and custom-made Savoy furnishings.
Two-Bedroom Family rooms are an excellent option for families of three or four, with two well-appointed bedrooms and a shared bathroom, all of which are decorated in an elegant Edwardian style that retains much of the hotel’s original charm. One bedroom features a lavish king-size bed, while the other bedroom is furnished with two double beds. The suites quietly overlook the courtyard and feature a large and luxurious marble bathroom with separate walk-in shower, fitted with the famous Savoy rain showerhead, large chrome fittings, and Le Labo amenities. Two-Bedroom Family Rooms also include a desk, armchair, personal bar, Loewe flat-screen televisions, Meridian iPod docking stations and bespoke Savoy furnishings.
Our Junior Suites present either an elegant Edwardian or sophisticated Art Deco interior. The spacious, open-plan suites are fitted with a king-size bed and both sitting and bedroom areas. Some feature a walk-in closet and dressing area, and all have luxurious marble bathrooms with separate walk-in showers, the famous Savoy rain showerhead, and Le Labo amenities. If travelling with additional guests, Junior Suites can be connected to a Deluxe King Room and Luxury King Room to create a three-bedroom Junior Suite. Junior Suites also feature a writing desk, sofa and armchair, Loewe 40” flat-screen television, DVD player and Ruark / Meridian iPod docking station, personal bar and bespoke Savoy furnishings.
Junior Suite River View
All Edwardian in style, the open-plan Junior River View Suites afford panoramic views of the River Thames and London’s most recognizable landmarks. Each luxury Suite has its own unique charm; some offer additional living space, while one suite has its own private balcony. All feature luxurious marble bathrooms with separate walk-in showers, which include the famous Savoy rain showerhead, large chrome fittings, and Le Labo amenities. Entertainment features include a Loewe 40” flat-screen television, DVD player and Ruark / Meridian iPod docking station. The Suites are also fitted with a desk, sofa and armchair, personal bar and bespoke Savoy furnishings.
Deluxe Junior Suite
Deluxe Junior Suites are decorated in either elegant Edwardian or sophisticated Art Deco style. All are unique, and an entrance foyer leads to a spacious sitting room overlooking the city. The sitting room itself is furnished with a sofa, two armchairs and a desk whilst the bedroom includes either a king or queen bed. The luxurious marble bathroom includes the famous Savoy rain showerhead, large chrome fittings, and Le Labo amenities. Other features include a personal bar, Loewe flat-screen television in bedroom and sitting room, DVD player, Meridian iPod docking station and bespoke Savoy furnishings.
Deluxe Junior Suite Partial River View
Deluxe Junior Partial River View Suites are decorated in either elegant Edwardian or sophisticated Art Deco style. All are unique, and an entrance foyer leads to a spacious sitting room partially overlooking the River Thames towards St. Paul's Cathedral (East side). The sitting room itself is furnished with a sofa, two armchairs and a desk whilst the bedroom includes either a king or queen bed. The luxurious marble bathroom includes the famous Savoy rain showerhead, large chrome fittings, and Le Labo amenities. Other features include a personal bar, Loewe flat-screen television in bedroom and sitting room, DVD player, Meridian iPod docking station and bespoke Savoy furnishings.
One Bedroom Suite River View
These large, One-Bedroom Suites give a true sense of staying in the heart of historic London, with panoramic views of the River Thames as well as some of its most iconic, riverside landmarks from both sitting room and bedroom. Decorated in elegant Edwardian style, the suites comprise a large bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a separate sitting room, entrance foyer and cloakroom. Retaining much of their original character, no two suites are the same. The spacious marble bathrooms all feature freestanding, claw-foot baths, separate walk-in showers with the famous Savoy rain showerhead, a double vanity, large chrome fittings, and Le Labo amenities. Further features include a generously-sized desk that converts into a dining table, a sofa, two armchairs, personal bar, Loewe 40” flat-screen televisions, DVD player, Ruark / Meridian iPod docking station and bespoke Savoy furnishings.
Personality Suites Partial River View
The wit of Noel Coward, the style of Frank Sinatra and the charisma of Richard Harris are all portrayed in three stylish one-bedroom Art Deco Personality Suites. All suites feature a large bedroom - including a king-size bed, dressing table and armchair - and a separate sitting room, independent dressing area, marble entrance foyer and guest cloakroom. En-suite marble bathrooms, with Le Labo amenities, are fitted with freestanding claw-foot baths, double vanity units, and separate walk-in showers with the famous Savoy rainfall showerhead. Personality Suites also have a sofa, armchair and writing desk in the sitting room, Loewe flat-screen televisions, Meridian iPod docking station, DVD player and bespoke Savoy furnishings. For additional guests, it is possible to connect to a Junior Suite. As did the personalities that once frequented The Savoy, guests of all Personality Suites will benefit from the legendary Savoy butler service and The Savoy Suite Welcome.
Personality River View Suites
Named after and inspired by some of the most iconic guests ever to have stayed at The Savoy, these elegant, one-bedroom Edwardian suites are among the most spacious and impressive suites in the hotel. Marble entrance foyers and generous cloakroom space lead onto the suites’ separate sitting room and a large bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The bathrooms, with luxurious Le Labo amenities, are decorated with The Savoy’s trademark black-and-white checkerboard flooring, and all feature a freestanding claw-foot bath, double vanity unit and separate walk-in shower with The Savoy’s famous rainfall showerhead. Each sitting room in the Personality River View Suites has a sofa, armchair, and desk that converts into a dining table. The bedrooms include a dressing table and armchair. Other features include Loewe flat-screen televisions, Meridian iPod docking station, DVD player and bespoke Savoy furnishings.
Our Royal Suite is the pinnacle of The Savoy’s commitment to high-end hospitality. An impressive stately procession of elegant rooms lies across the fifth floor on the river side. Guests enter through a marble foyer and are led through the study, spacious sitting room and dining area that seats up to eight people. Along the way are sumptuous furnishings, beautiful artwork and bronze statues reminiscent of the original days of The Savoy, connecting guests with a strong sense of London history. The master bedroom has been designed for true indulgence; on top of a stately four-poster lies a hand-sprung mattress, each of its springs wound with cashmere wool. Positioned next to the bedroom is a spacious walk-in dressing room with cedar-lined wardrobes, large enough to accommodate even the keenest of fashionistas, and an impressive en-suite bathroom with deep Jacuzzi bathtub and invigorating steam shower. The service kitchen is ideal for those travelling with a personal chef, but there is also a Savoy butler on hand 24-hours a day to cater exclusively to guests staying in The Royal Suite, combining the skills of a traditional private butler with the efficiency and knowledge of a modern day personal assistant.