Savoy Hotel

Savoy Hotel
Savoy Hotel logo.svg
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The main entrance to the Savoy from Strand
Hotel chainFairmont Hotels and Resorts
General information
Architectural styleArt Deco
City of Westminster
Town or cityLondon
Coordinates51°30′35″N 0°07′12″W / 51.509722°N 0.12°W / 51.509722; -0.12Coordinates: 51°30′35″N 0°07′12″W / 51.509722°N 0.12°W / 51.509722; -0.12
Named forLiberty of the Savoy
Construction started1886
Opened6 August 1889 (1889-08-06)
OwnerKingdom Holding (50%)
FRHI and Katara (50%)[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectThomas Edward Collcutt
DeveloperRichard D'Oyly Carte
Other designersArthur H. Mackmurdo (interior consultant)
Other information
Number of rooms267
Number of restaurantsFour (Kaspar’s at The Savoy; Savoy Grill; Simpson’s in the Strand; Thames Foyer)
Number of barsThree (American Bar; Beaufort Bar; The Bar at Simpson’s)
FacilitiesSwimming pool and gym
ParkingValet parking
Public transit accessLondon Underground Charing Cross
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameThe Savoy Hotel
Designated16 January 1981
Reference no.1236709

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.[2]

The hotel is now managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. It has been called "London's most famous hotel".[3] 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.[4]

  1. ^ "Katara Hospitality Adds London Landmark to Portfolio with Investment in The Savoy". Katara Hospitality. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference Htimes was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Prynn, Jonathan. "Savoy 'up for sale' as Saudi owner's billions dwindle" Archived 19 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine, 16 April 2009
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1236709)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 September 2015.