|Hotel chain||Fairmont Hotels and Resorts|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
City of Westminster
|Town or city||London|
|Named for||Liberty of the Savoy|
|Opened||6 August 1889|
|Owner||Kingdom Holding (50%)|
FRHI and Katara (50%)
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Thomas Edward Collcutt|
|Developer||Richard D'Oyly Carte|
|Other designers||Arthur H. Mackmurdo (interior consultant)|
|Number of rooms||267|
|Number of restaurants||Four (Kaspar’s at The Savoy; Savoy Grill; Simpson’s in the Strand; Thames Foyer)|
|Number of bars||Three (American Bar; Beaufort Bar; The Bar at Simpson’s)|
|Facilities||Swimming pool and gym|
|Public transit access||Charing Cross|
|Official name||The Savoy Hotel|
|Designated||16 January 1981|
The Savoy Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the Strand in the City of Westminster in central London, England. Built by the impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte with profits from his Gilbert and Sullivan opera productions, it opened on 6 August 1889. It was the first in the Savoy group of hotels and restaurants owned by Carte's family for over a century. The Savoy was the first luxury hotel in Britain, introducing electric lights throughout the building, electric lifts, bathrooms in most of the lavishly furnished rooms, constant hot and cold running water and many other innovations. Carte hired César Ritz as manager and Auguste Escoffier as chef de cuisine; they established an unprecedented standard of quality in hotel service, entertainment and elegant dining, attracting royalty and other rich and powerful guests and diners.
The hotel became Carte's most successful venture. Its bands, Savoy Orpheans and the Savoy Havana Band, became famous, and other entertainers (who were also often guests) included George Gershwin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Noël Coward. Other famous guests have included Edward VII, Oscar Wilde, Enrico Caruso, Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, Harry Truman, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, The Beatles and many others. Winston Churchill often took his cabinet to lunch at the hotel.
The hotel is now managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. It has been called "London's most famous hotel". It has 267 guest rooms and panoramic views of the River Thames across Savoy Place and the Thames Embankment. The hotel is a Grade II listed building.
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