Updated August 15, 2020.
It’s true! Steve and I got to stay at the legendary Savoy Hotel in London. You know it’s fancy when the address is simply, “The Savoy, London,” no further instruction needed.
The Hotel’s History
While it’s only been a hotel since 1889, the history of the Savoy goes back to the year 1246! Count Peter of Savoy built a palace on this site. He can still be seen in statue form on top of the Savoy sign at the entrance to the hotel. Since then his palace and the present hotel have played host to nobility, poets, movie stars, and more! You’ll find some of this history on plaques around the driveway , as well as here on their website!
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The Savoy is right on the banks of the Thames River and in the lovely Covent Garden neighborhood. It’s also walking distance to the Theatre District, and in fact, the Savoy Theatre is attached to the Savoy hotel! If you decide to stay here you’ll be walking distance to the Covent Garden and Embankment Underground Stations, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace, too!
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The last time we stayed in London at a different hotel, our hotel room was standard for old world Europe: the size of a postage stamp! But this room was at least twice as large, and the bed was incredibly comfortable! We had a garden view, and the large windows gave us plenty of natural light to naturally fight jet lag!
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Europe in general is not known for spacious bathrooms, but ours at the Savoy was large and absolutely beautiful. Everything was marble and granite, the stand-alone shower with rainfall showerhead was luxurious, the soaker tub was huge, and the towel rack was a nice touch, too! For an extra pleasant touch, the toiletries had a lovely gardenia scent.
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The level of service at the Savoy is as impeccable as you might imagine. They have thought of everything. As soon as we arrived, we were met with pleasant smiles and courtesy. They stored our luggage because we were quite early and the room was not ready, then texted us while we were out and about when the room was prepared, and even took our luggage there so it was waiting for us!
When we arrived back at the hotel, a lovely young lady from Poland showed us to our room. She answered all of our questions and made sure we were comfortable.
The waitstaff at the restaurant downstairs where we enjoyed Afternoon Tea were also kind, knowledgeable, and eager to please! They seemed to know that for us, Afternoon Tea is not an overrated tourist attraction, it’s an experience! They appeared to be having fun with us as we had fun with our special date night. Read all about it in my Beginner’s Guide to Afternoon Tea in London!
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To me, the very best hotel amenity is concierge service. The Savoy goes above and beyond in this, as you might expect. Before we even arrived, I was able to e-mail their concierge service with questions about timing our tea with a play and the most efficient way to get to the hotel from Heathrow International Airport. The replied to my e-mails promptly and kindly, in addition to being available in person from 8:00am until 10:00pm each day of our stay.
In addition to concierge service, the Savoy also offers multiple restaurants, a spa, an indoor pool, fitness center with separate cardio and weight training rooms, and comfortable lounging areas in the lobby.
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