Reinventing a beloved classic on the River Thames.
The spotlight shines once again on one of London’s most celebrated hotels with the reopening of its doors after a $200 million, three-year renovation that included every aspect of the historic building. The project was overseen by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, who remained faithful to the hotel’s original Art Deco and Edwardian design elements, while utilizing the talents of more than 1,000 craftsmen and women to bring the hotel a fresh look. New accommodations include 38 River Suites and guest rooms and nine personality suites celebrating famous guests, including Frank Sinatra and Maria Callas. The 325-square-meter Royal Suite promises knockout views from every room. Situated close to both the city and the West End, and within easy walking distance of theaters and Covent Garden, The Savoy enjoys a spectacular position facing the Thames and overlooking Embankment Gardens. It's this particular view that inspired French Impressionist Claude Monet into producing seventy paintings of London's bridges on three separate occasions at three different seasons from 1899 to 1901. Since opening in 1889, with Escoffier as head chef, the hotel has always been known for its restaurants, a tradition that continues with old favorites Savoy Grill, American Bar and Thames Foyer, whose recreated glass dome ceiling and interior gazebo (from drawings of the original space) provide an unforgettable setting for afternoon tea. In addition, The Beaufort Bar was built on the hotel’s original cabaret stage. Always an innovator, beginning with its “ascending rooms” (elevators), The Savoy now features Green Butlers, whose services include tips on “green” activities around London, and emphasizes environmental consciousness through a variety of recycling programs and partnerships with charitable ecological organizations.