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At a Glance
- one of the top hotels in Europe
- iconic pedigree
- Thames-side location
- less snooty than many others of its class
- everything comes with a price tag
- guest rooms can be surprisingly noisy, particularly on lower floors
- right off the super-busy Strand
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The Savoy Review
One of London's most famous hotels has emerged from a £220-million renovation, and the old girl is looking like a superstar again. Individually designed guest rooms are as cosseting as they were when they welcomed Elizabeth Taylor on her first honeymoon. There is still no grander stage-set in London than the main stately-home lobby, or a more glamorous setting than the adjacent Thames Foyer, a dreamy salon done up in black-and-white chinoiserie and pink orchids. Gadgets such as iPod docks and LCD TVs are oh-so-discreetly incorporated so as not to destroy the effect as you prepare for cocktails at the oh-so-iconic American Bar (which maintains a very strict first-come-first-served policy, so who knows who you'll be standing in line with). There are four superb restaurants: Simpson's in the Strand, the Savoy Grill, the Thames Foyer, or Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill, with its gorgeous panoramic view of the river.
Talk of the Town
When the Savoy closed for a three-year refurbishment in 2007, lovers of this most iconic of London hotels held their collective breath. Would the £220 million refit dust away the cobwebs, or destroy the Roaring Twenties ambience? Rest assured: After reopening to much fanfare in fall 2010, the hotel has never looked better. Every surface has been lovingly restored and polished; guestrooms have been fitted with new-guard gadgets to complement the old-guard crystal chandeliers and marble bathrooms. And, perhaps most importantly, you can still take your cue from a century's worth of movie stars and drop by for a cocktail at the classic American Bar; although, like all A-Listers, you'll have to wait in line, as the Savoy treats every guest, whether famous or no-name, as one and the same. Now that's class.
- Address: The Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0ET | Map It
- Phone: 020/7836–4343; 800/257–7544 in U.S.
- Website: www.fairmont.com/savoy-london
- Tube: Covent Garden, Charing Cross.
- Location: Covent Garden
- 206 rooms, 62 suites.
- Rate includes breakfast.
- Credit cards accepted.
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