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Free WiFi in London is always tricky to find and we've been keeping tabs on the places that do have it free for their hotel guests here. Yet with so many hotels opening in London in the coming months and years, we can only hope that our list will keep expanding. Already we know it won't be offered at the W London but is there a bright light to be found somewhere else in Londontown?
A Savoy Deluxe Room. Nice! (Apart from the death lilies)
To celebrate the opening (10.10.10, if you hadn’t worked it out yet) they’re proposing an opening deal that gives you two nights accommodation and a champagne reception and dinner in the River Restaurant on 10.10.10 itself. Nothing too fancy, package-wise, but hopefully the revamped hotel itself will be on mindblowing duties.
The price? An eye-watering £485 ($770) per night plus VAT – and it’s the same price for opening weekend, minus the free dinner.
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We've already set our countdown clocks for 10.10.10 when The Savoy in London will finally reopen. But today, we've got a special treat--a photo of one of the 38 newly redone River Suites overlooking the Thames.
As you can see, The Savoy is sticking with a traditional look in the rooms which is sure to thrill the fans of the old Savoy (check out those drapes over the window and the bed.) But we're also loving the suite's touches of purple, which is one of the new hot hotel hues. And we sincerely hope that all rooms get some pretty flowers, not just the River Suites.
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How about that? The Savoy London has finally picked a re-opening date after undergoing extensive top-to-bottom renovations for three years. But not just any date. No, the hotel will re-open on Sunday, October 10, 2010 which is read as 10.10.10.
On that special day, the hotel will unveil its new guestrooms, a new two-bedroom Royal Suite and 38 newly redone River suites which overlook the Thames. The legendary River Restaurant will also open again with a new look and the hotel will introduce, The Beaufort Bar, an Art Deco style space that will offer champagne, cocktails and cabaret. Additionally, a bijou teashop called Savoy Tea will sell tea, of course, but also accessories and fresh patisserie. As for the hotel's own high tea time, that will take place in the winter garden gazebo underneath an ornate glass dome.
What the new glass dome and winter garden should look like. Can’t wait to see the real thing
The Savoy has been under renovation for so long now that we’ve kind of forgotten what it ever looked like. But thanks to Londonhotelsinsight.com, which has just got the scoop on its renovations, we’ve got a pretty good image of what it’ll look like when it finally reopens in (fingers crossed) September.
The detailed account is here, but in a nutshell, it’s going back to its roots.
Here’s an early Christmas present that just got opened for those of us in London – the Savoy just got deswathed of its scaffolding.
Last time we went by the front entrance, a couple of weeks ago, all we could make out were the signs for Legally Blonde: The Musical, which is currently defiling the stage in the onsite theatre. But by the looks of this photo that a tipster just sent us (the Savoy’s the middle building, with the green roof), it’s all come down.
You know what that means? It means that maybe the April/May 2010 reopening date may actually come true. Hallelujah!
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If it seems like years since The Savoy closed its doors for its £100m restoration, that’s because it, um, is. It closed in December 2007, and was supposed to reopen 16 months later, but of course, 16 months in hotel speak is double the length of normal human time.
But, hallelujah, it looks like we’re coming to the end of the process - Fairmont just announced that they expect it to reopen in Spring 2010. And when we quizzed them what counts as spring, they said April or May. Here’s hoping!
We’re not sure what’s taken all the time up, but they’re adding a new two-bedroom Royal Suite, "remodeling" the River Restaurant, "relaunching" the River Suites, and adding a new bar, the Beaufort, and a rooftop swimming pool. Dare we hope it’s an infinity pool overlooking the Thames?
It hasn't even started accepting its first post-renovation guests yet, but London's grand Savoy may already be in trouble. The 120-year-old hotel is currently nearing the end of a £100m refurbishment; its doors were on track to reopen after 18 months at the end of the summer.
Except now we're wondering: will it? Because apparently, the owner's in deep doodah. Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia (because it's only fitting that a royal should own an institution like the Savoy, right?) has seen his wealth slashed from nearly £15 billion last year to just £9 billion this year. He's already sold off his stake in the Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, and now there are rumors of some shakeups with his other assets, like Raffles in Singapore and the Savoy as well.
If he did sell the place, he'd get about £200 million to fill his pockets, which should tide him over for a little bit. Wonder who’d be up for filling his shoes, though?
London's iconic Hotel Savoy may be under renovation until May 2009, but that doesn't mean the stories of its legendary past must be put on hold. Since the hotel's opening in 1889, it has served as more than just a temporary home, but as inspiration, to many luminaries including Monet, Oscar Wilde, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe and Frank McCourt.
It was in the 1920s, however, that the hotel's most famous resident checked in and never left. Kaspar the Cat, a 3-foot-high wood sculpture of a regal feline, was expressly created to ward off any superstitions of guests dining at the hotel's Savoy Grill. Apparently, to dine with only thirteen guests is ominous, and the first to rise from the table will soon meet with tragedy. Kaspar's role is to be the official fourteenth guest, served with every course as normal, should anyone unknowingly hit upon the unlucky number of diners.
We've been waiting for an update on the famous Savoy in London, which now belongs to the Fairmont Group who are sinking loads of cash into the place. They closed up back in December and auctioned off most of the furniture, ready to make way for the new look.
Until now we haven't heard much about the new look, but the bosses have just released some more info about what they're doing to the Savoy. They've launched a Savoy 2009 website which includes all the latest news on progress as well as providing a really interesting look back on the Savoy's life so far.
The new Savoy, they say, will be a combination of 1930s art deco and a classic late 1800s look. It will include a £2.5 million Royal Suite (that's a huge amount of money for one suite--we can't imagine what they'll be doing in there) and they will also be reintroducing the historical glass roof over the Thames foyer. It sounds like they're still on track for a spring 2009 reopening, but it'll be a while before there's a more accurate guess of opening day.
Perhaps the most famous of all the hotels in London, the The Savoy, a Fairmont Hotel, closed its doors for 16 months on Saturday to undergo some major renovations.
Folks flocked to the hotel over the weekend to sip their last martinis at the bar and nibble on some cucumber sandwiches before the closing. For hotel furniture geeks, furniture from the Savoy is to be auctioned this week during a three-day sale that's expected to bring in anywhere from USD $1,215,000 to $2,020,150.
But despite the massive renovations, hotel manager Kiaran MacDonald has said that the renovation will be one that very much respects the hotel's rich history.
The hotel is a long-time favourite of the rich and famous. Claude Monet painted over seventy works of art whilst staying at the Savoy, many of which were considered his masterpieces. Marilyn Monroe, Sir Richard Harris, Winston Churchill, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and James Whistler are just some of the other luminaries to have stayed or resided in the hotel over the years.
And it seems not everything will go. The hotel is said to be keeping items that are intrinsic to the its history, to be restored and replaced when the hotel reopens in 2009.
[Photo: Evening Standard]
· Hotels in London [HotelChatter]
After months of speculation, London's Savoy hotel has confirmed it is to close in December for 16 months to undergo a £100m-plus refurbishment.
The hotel's general manager Kiaran MacDonald told Caterer the restoration would be "the most significant and extensive renovation in the hotel's history".
He added the changes would still "honour the integrity of the hotel's art deco heritage and traditional English design".
Initially owner Fairmont Hotels was going to sink around £60 million into the hotel but just recently decided to double it up and put designer Pierre-Yves Rochon to the task.
The hotel will close in December of 2007 and is expected to re-open not until 2009. Apparently, the place is getting a top-to-bottom reno of all rooms and public spaces which would take too long to do if the hotel remained opened to guests. We wonder, will the meat trolley make a comeback?
· London's Savoy hotel designer revealed [CatererSearch]
· Iconic London hotel to benefit from restoration programme [Easier Travel]
· The Savoy's Clever Canadian Owners [HotelChatter]