The Savoy in London is so centrally located that even I (notorious for being direction-challenged) found it easily, twice. It’s only a quick walk from Charing Cross Station or Covent Garden Underground and in the West End Theater District. It even has its own Theater.
Rooms are spacious and furnished in classic Edwardian or Art Deco style. Some have stellar views overlooking the Thames and all suites come with Butler Services.
The Hotel has a strong sense of fun (I know, I was surprised too) and history. There is a small museum room displaying memorabilia – coins, equipment, letters, uniforms – and apparently, so much more in storage, the presentation gets rotated quite frequently.
The “American Bar” is famous with its Art Deco vibe and celebrity guest photos on the walls but the Beaufort Bar, deeper inside the Hotel is more private, darker and sexy, built on a former cabaret stage. Beaufort Bar – Champagne? yes please.
Afternoon tea is served in the lovely Thames Foyer which has as its focal point a huge, metal, bird-cage-like structure sitting directly under a glass cupola. There are no formalized sittings for tea - it is served from 1:30 PM to 5:45 PM daily although reservations for a table are strongly recommended.
Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill serves up smoked fish specialties and terrific window views. Upon exiting the restaurant, pay close attention to the special piece of artwork created in honor of the Hotel’s legendary cat. It’s amazing.
The Savoy has a rooftop pool (children are welcome) and gym and while there is no official spa, there are some treatment rooms offering relaxation therapies.
I loved the Savoy Tea shop located just past the lobby. Gordon Ramsay has an association with the Savoy Grill but I did not see or hear him during my visit.
The Savoy is a Virtuoso property and if booked through me, special complimentary amenities such as full English breakfast for 2 daily, and a 35 GBP credit per person for up to 2 guests per room once per stay are included in the room rate.