Iconic Hotels Around the World: The Savoy, London: There are great hotels, and then there are the ones that hold a place in history and will always rise above the rest with landmark status. Either because they hosted some of the most famous – and infamous – people or had a starring role as the set of a movie or TV show, these hotels are regarded as icons.
The Savoy in London is a great example of a place where history and iconic elegance mingles with new-world sophistication.
The Savoy in London opened in 1889 as the first luxury hotel in Great Britain. It boasted electric lights, continuous hot and cold water, and many more innovations.
The hotel stands proudly on the Northbank of the River Thames. The ballet, opera and theatre of vibrant Covent Garden are just steps away; with the City, world-renowned museums and galleries, and the designer shopping of Knightsbridge and Mayfair within easy reach.
Famous guests include Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, Bob Dylan, and Coco Chanel.
The hotel’s 267 luxury rooms and suites celebrate The Savoy’s dual historical influences, featuring either elegant English Edwardian design or sensational Art Deco style.
Those staying in suites enjoy dedicated Butler service, offering the discretion of a traditional English butler with the efficiency of a 21st century personal assistant.
Here Art Deco rubs shoulders with English Edwardian, and exceptional dining blends with contemporary cocktails.
Fine dining has always been an integral part of The Savoy. Today Kaspar’s at The Savoy offers informal dining in a stylish Art Deco setting, whilst Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill presents a British grill menu with a French touch. Furthermore, Simpson’s in the Strand remains steadfastly at the top of every Londoner’s list for the best roast dinner and a sense of British tradition.
For cocktail connoisseurs, The Savoy boasts the American Bar, the oldest surviving cocktail bar in London named World’s Best Bar at World’s 50 Best Bars 2017; and the award-winning Beaufort Bar, renowned for pushing the boundaries of mixology.
The award-winning hotelhas proudly retained the Five-Star rating by Forbes Travel Guide this year. To this day The Savoy continues to be one of London’s finest luxury destinations, where history is made and innovation happens.