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Photo courtesy of The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel
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 Mel Brooks, 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.
Book a Personality Suite Stay
To stretch out in style, check in to a refined one-bedroom Personality Suite overlooking the River Thames. The suites are named in honor of former notable guests, among them, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, and Claude Monet. We fell for the charms of Maria Callas suite; soft, inviting colors in the bedroom and lounge area soar like the soprano’s elegant arias. The bathroom features a freestanding claw-foot tub, a walk-in shower, and The Savoy’s signature black-and-white checkerboard flooring. And you’ll have a Savoy butler at your service.
Dine at The Savoy
When it comes to food, you’re spoiled for choice at The Savoy. For starters, there’s the informal but still spectacular Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill, specializing in the likes of pan-seared scallops, lobster bisque, wild sea bass, and fruits de mer platters. For a more blowout experience, turn to the Savoy Grill, presided over by Gordon Ramsay Holdings, or the wood-panelled Simpson's-In-The Strand, whose signature Scottish beef and other roasts are carved on an antique trolley for guests at the table.
Take Advantage of Beauty & Fitness at The Savoy
Unwind with a dip in The Savoy’s 30-foot pool, flooded with light from an atrium. It’s just one of the many reasons to visit Beauty & Fitness. Treatments range from the 50-minute Jet-Lag Cure massage to the 80-minute bespoke Opulence at The Savoy therapy, all of which use Aromatherapy Associates products. The Fitness Suite is open 24/7 for residents, for whenever the mood to work out strikes, and the sauna and steam rooms make a great place to soothe any sore muscles.
Strand, London WC2R 0EZ, UK
+44 20 7836 4343