Fodor's Expert Review The Savoy

The Strand, London, Greater London, WC2R 0EZ, England Fodor's Choice

One of London's most iconic hotels maintains its status at the top with winning attributes of impeccable service, stunning decor, and a desirable location on the Strand. There's still no grander entrance hall in London than the main stately 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 LCD TVs are oh-so-discreetly incorporated so as not to destroy the effect as you prepare for cocktails at the famed American Bar (first opened in 1893, it maintains a strict first-come-first-served policy, so who knows who you'll be standing in line with). There are four superb restaurants: the Gordon Ramsay–run Savoy Grill; a tiny tasting menu-only Restaurant 1890; the Thames Foyer; and Ramsay's the River Restaurant with its glorious panoramic views of the Thames.


  • one of the absolute top hotels in Europe
  • unbeatable pedigree and illustrious history
  • beautiful Thames-side location


  • everything comes with a price tag
  • street noise is surprisingly problematic, particularly on lower floors
  • some may find the opulence over the top




Phones: 020-7836–4343 | 888-265–0533-in U.S.


268 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast