A junior suite in The Savoy Hotel London
In May I turned 40. No biggie. I dealt with and moved on, but this happy occasion gave me the excuse to spend a night in The Savoy Hotel with my girlfriend! The Savoy being a luxurious London hotel located along The Strand – very close to the centre of London. We were fortunate to be offered a junior suite upgrade and this is what it was like.
The Savoy Hotel entrance is very grandiose
On arrival we walked into the taxi/limo drop-off “Savoy Court” which is the entrance set back way off the street! The turning circle of which is 25′ – to this day this is the legally required turning circle of all London taxis apparently. On entering through the revolving door we were met by staff who guided us through to a greeting area. This was the first time I’d ever been sat down in a comfortable chair at a vintage desk while two staff welcomed us and checked us in. I guess it’s hardly The Travelodge but something different all the same.
A quick cocktail in the bar? Why not!
Our room wasn’t quite ready as we’d arrived early, but nothing a complementary cocktail in The American Bar wouldn’t fix. Not wanting to take advantage we happily “settled” for a couple of £18 cocktails (the cheapest on the menu). They were but both delicious and we washed them down with complementary snacks which the waiter refilled every 10 minutes. I almost treated it as lunch, especially as the stuffed olives were the tastiest I’ve ever eaten! 🙂 The waiter explained the history of our drinks but sadly I can’t remember what my one was called. Although the one on the right was a ‘Punk Rock’ consisting of Bacardi Superior rum. Maybe I’ll have to go back to work out what I had!
The moment of truth – our Junior suite
Shortly afterwards we headed to our room to find our luggage carefully laid out in the room. Straight away we did the standard rush around the room “discovery dash”. In front of us was the room’s foyer/dressing area. To the left the bedroom and to the right the opulent, checkered floored bathroom. This has a separate claw footed bathtub. What was particularly special, whether it’s done for every guest or not, was the welcome letter from the manager, chocolate cake and nibbles. Nice touches that I’ve never experienced anywhere else either.
The Savoy Hotel has its own restaurants of course
We wanted to make the most of The Savoy hotel itself, and as London is where we both work, there was no need to go off sightseeing, so we lounged around in the hotel room pretty much all afternoon playing tunes out of the Ruark DAB radio, before a pleasant pre-theatre meal downstairs in Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill. If we’d realised that the Savoy had an adjoining theatre (the Savoy theatre) and that Sheridan Smith was in the play ‘Funny Girl’ we’d have gone there instead rather than the arduous 100m walk to the West End 😉
Even “bedtime” is catered for
On returning to the hotel post-play we found the bedside lights had been dimmed, slippers laid out by the bed and a bottle of water prepared on the bedside table, but before that it was time to crack open the champagne and take a dip in the deep white claw-foot bathtub … but I’m not showing any pictures of that part of our stay apart from the Instagram photo below.
So The Savoy Hotel lived up to, and surpassed all expectations providing many nice personalised touches. I felt very fortunate to be able to stay there for the night as a guest. Rather than just a curious member of the public popping in for a quick nose around the foyer. Or someone just taking ‘Afternoon Tea’ … but that looked lovely too. I’m sure we’ll go back sometime soon all being well.
If you enjoyed reading this post then check out my experience of being the first person to stay in a room in a brand new hotel. Or if you fancy staying in a spa town in the wonderful quint city of Bath instead? Then check out our post on the MacDonald Spa Hotel.