How Was The Savoy Hotel's Reopening Event? Well, It Was a Perfect 10
At 10:10am on 10.10.10 after three long years, The Savoy London threw open its shiny new doors and HotelChatter just happened to be in the front row!
The hotel's first guest was a bit of a publicity stunt--it was Stephen Fry, English actor, comedian and The Savoy's "blogger-in-residence"--but the hotel is at long last open to all guests. Unfortunately we didn't have a room but we did get to have a good snoop around yesterday.
Our highlights were the River Restaurant’s leopard print carpet (so this season!); the amazing River view suites, which cost £2,500 per night (guess they need to recoup that 220 million pounds from somewhere!); the baby white grand piano once played by Frank Sinatra; The Beaufort bar with its dark corners and velvet curtains and of course, the tea shop with handmade chocolates and Savoy-branded tea and jam.
Also, we thought the
male models, er, bartenders wouldn’t have looked out of place in the latest James Bond movie and neither would the hotel. In short, we think the Savoy's new look is superbly modern whilst still managing to retaining the glamour of days gone by.
Of course, these are just preliminary reactions. There will be many more visits to the Savoy in the very near future. But if you've stopped by recently, or even better, if you've stayed in the new Savoy, let us know what you thought!