Miriam Braun
The Savoy
Strand, London WC2R 0EU, United Kingdom
3rd November 2015

When you walk into a London hotel and the first person you notice is Stephen Hawking, you know you’re about to mingle with the best. From celebrities to royalty and world leaders, anybody who is somebody has stayed here, and for good reason. Want to know what it feels like? Read on..

The Savoy is located on the north bank of the River Thames, right by Covent Garden and London's theatre district. Another plus? It's an easy 10 minute walk from Chinatown where you'll find some fantastic Chinese restaurants for a fraction of the price you'd pay at any of the hotel's restaurants. Not that the hotel food was disappointing (quite the opposite), but it was not cheap. More about that in the food section - scroll down...
Who stays?
High-society locals, globe-trotting businessmen, wealthy families (there were plenty of Chanel-clad 14 year old girls), and the list goes on.. Anyone who has money to spend, and wants to see-and-be-seen in the classiest way (this is not Knightsbridge), comes to the Savoy. We noticed quite a few Americans, Asians, and local Brits.
Style and Character
The hotel is a blend of Edwardian and Art Deco styles, recently renovated and 'brought back to life' by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. Walking into the lobby and main hall is a real experience, and everything is just perfect; the black and white marble floors, grand chandeliers, and even the classic British wallpaper.
No complaints at all. I'll be honest that it was nothing out of the ordinary but everyone was very pleasant, polite and helpful.
Rooms and Suites
I stayed in a Deluxe King, Art Deco style. The room was extremely spacious and the bed was divine...! Having said that, I wasn't blown away by the design and thought the actual room was a little bland. The location of the TV was a bit awkward making it uncomfortable to watch from bed, but it's a historic hotel and so I understand that it wasn't possible to put it opposite the bed. I loved the marble bathroom and free-standing tub (a room with a bath always wins me over).
Food and Drink
This was definitely the highlight of my stay and I'd recommend you visit the Savoy at the very least for a meal, if not for an overnight stay. For breakfast I chose scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and it was p-e-r-f-e-c-t. It's such a simple dish so easily screwed up by too many hotels, but here it was a real pleasure.

We had a light lunch at Kaspar's Seafood Bar & Grill (French Onion Soup and Yellowfin tuna tartare) which was yummy, and then... Champagne Afternoon Tea in the Thames Foyer. Scones, French pastries, finger sandwiches, English tea and champagne. It was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend if you're visiting London (even if you're not staying here) and worth the splurge.
Features, Wellness, and Amenities
I didn't really try any of the other services and facilities, but the hotel does have a gym, spa, and indoor swimming pool. There are also a few shops, including Boodles and a bijou tea store.
Perceived Value
You can find a room here for around ‎£390- ‎£450 if you come off-season and there's a nice promotion, but otherwise you're looking at around ‎£500 and higher. It's good value for money in London, especially considering the large and diverse public areas. If you're in town for business and need meeting space or a variety of restaurants, the Savoy is perfect.
I did feel a bit under-dressed here and would personally choose a cosier and more relaxed place to stay next time I'm in London. But, the hotel really is an incredible place and my stay was flawless. For the right people, I'd recommend it in a heartbeat, just make sure to bring a jacket!