Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Sunday at the Savoy

This time last Sunday I had just checked into The Savoy Hotel for a day and evening of sheer indulgence. Having visited this gorgeous hotel for afternoon tea and a fabulous cake masterclass previously, I had high expectations of a stay. I was not disappointed.
Sweeping up the drive and through the revolving doors and being greeted by one of the Savoy's doorman into a world of old school glamour was everything I thought it would be. We were seated in the lounge to check in and then led into an express lift to our floor.
My friend and I were in the basic room, but even the Savoys basic room is sumptuous, with silk lined walls, murano glass chandeliers, Italian linens and marble floors from designer Pierre Yves Rochon.
I loved the desk space, complete with bespoke leather desk set designed by Bill Amberg.
We had a lazy afternoon, making the most of the room, I indulged in a very big bubble bath and book before getting ready for our evening out. The bathroom was small, but gorgeous.... complete with fluffy white Savoy bathrobes.
After a lovely relaxing afternoon, we headed out for our evening which included dinner at Simpsons on the Strand and then entertainment at the Theatre Royal with Tony Hadley (posts highlighted for each)
Our evening was fabulous, made even more so by not worrying about grabbing the last train and just walking a short walk back to the hotel for a nightcap. There is only one place for a late night nightcap at the Savoy and that is in its legendary American Bar. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, many American Bars opened throughout London. The American Bar at The Savoy is the longest surviving of these bars and one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world. Having undergone a huge refurbishment the American bar oozes old school glamour, complete with baby grand piano, and photographs and memorabilia from its famous patrons of the by-gone years of old.
We had an indulgent hour sipping cocktails and people watching, I am sure if the walls of that bar could talk, then it would have a tale of two to tell! With great service and perfect ambience the American Bar really is one of the best of its kind. 
The hotel and lobby looked as inviting at night as it did during the day, with the fires lit and a feeling of cozy, the perfect place to come home to (even if for just one night).
This feeling of decadent cozy carried all its way through to the room, where housekeeping had worked their magic in our absence and turned down the bed and laid out our complimentary slippers.
The bed was a real 'princess & the pea' bed and I had to jump to get on it!... it was one of the most sumptuous beds I have ever slept in perfectly complimented by the very high thread count Mascioni bed linen. If only we could of sneaked it home with us! C had to be surgically removed from the bed, and even jumped back in when dressed to savour the luxury.
Monday dawned bright, and with notification of potential protests and disruption outside the hotel left on our TV the night before we were not surprised to disembark from the lift for breakfast and see secret agents & bodyguards in the corridor. (later found that the African investment summit was being hosted at the hotel and 3 of the African presidents were in the hotel)
We chose to take breakfast in Kaspars, which again was part of out Sunday package.
 

We opted for the 'Savoy' which was plentiful. Fresh juice, toast, coffee, pastries and a full English.... perfect way to start a Monday morning with a leisurely breakfast and a browse through the days news.
Kaspars is accessed through the Thames foyer, which is another breakfast location for the hotel and the perfect location for afternoon tea. The floral displays are beautiful and the orchids amazing.
With a last minute look at the American Bar, which is as lovely in daylight as it is in the candlelight.
 It was soon time to leave our little bubble of indulgence of The Savoy and head home. I had an amazing time at The Savoy, it was decadent but worth every penny that we paid for it. Throughout our stay we could not fault any part of it, service, standards and sumptuousness were in abundance. Now saving for a return visit........ Thankyou Savoy is was glorious. x


2 comments:

Victoria Eales said...

What an amazing treat for you I'm rather envious.

Victoria x
FlorenceandMary.com

brokeinthebigsmoke.com said...

Oh my days this looks absolutley incredible. I love luxury hotels but have always thought the Savoy would be a bit old fashioned and stuffy for me, your pictures prove otherwise! x

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Sunday at the Savoy

This time last Sunday I had just checked into The Savoy Hotel for a day and evening of sheer indulgence. Having visited this gorgeous hotel for afternoon tea and a fabulous cake masterclass previously, I had high expectations of a stay. I was not disappointed.
Sweeping up the drive and through the revolving doors and being greeted by one of the Savoy's doorman into a world of old school glamour was everything I thought it would be. We were seated in the lounge to check in and then led into an express lift to our floor.
My friend and I were in the basic room, but even the Savoys basic room is sumptuous, with silk lined walls, murano glass chandeliers, Italian linens and marble floors from designer Pierre Yves Rochon.
I loved the desk space, complete with bespoke leather desk set designed by Bill Amberg.
We had a lazy afternoon, making the most of the room, I indulged in a very big bubble bath and book before getting ready for our evening out. The bathroom was small, but gorgeous.... complete with fluffy white Savoy bathrobes.
After a lovely relaxing afternoon, we headed out for our evening which included dinner at Simpsons on the Strand and then entertainment at the Theatre Royal with Tony Hadley (posts highlighted for each)
Our evening was fabulous, made even more so by not worrying about grabbing the last train and just walking a short walk back to the hotel for a nightcap. There is only one place for a late night nightcap at the Savoy and that is in its legendary American Bar. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, many American Bars opened throughout London. The American Bar at The Savoy is the longest surviving of these bars and one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world. Having undergone a huge refurbishment the American bar oozes old school glamour, complete with baby grand piano, and photographs and memorabilia from its famous patrons of the by-gone years of old.
We had an indulgent hour sipping cocktails and people watching, I am sure if the walls of that bar could talk, then it would have a tale of two to tell! With great service and perfect ambience the American Bar really is one of the best of its kind. 
The hotel and lobby looked as inviting at night as it did during the day, with the fires lit and a feeling of cozy, the perfect place to come home to (even if for just one night).
This feeling of decadent cozy carried all its way through to the room, where housekeeping had worked their magic in our absence and turned down the bed and laid out our complimentary slippers.
The bed was a real 'princess & the pea' bed and I had to jump to get on it!... it was one of the most sumptuous beds I have ever slept in perfectly complimented by the very high thread count Mascioni bed linen. If only we could of sneaked it home with us! C had to be surgically removed from the bed, and even jumped back in when dressed to savour the luxury.
Monday dawned bright, and with notification of potential protests and disruption outside the hotel left on our TV the night before we were not surprised to disembark from the lift for breakfast and see secret agents & bodyguards in the corridor. (later found that the African investment summit was being hosted at the hotel and 3 of the African presidents were in the hotel)
We chose to take breakfast in Kaspars, which again was part of out Sunday package.
 

We opted for the 'Savoy' which was plentiful. Fresh juice, toast, coffee, pastries and a full English.... perfect way to start a Monday morning with a leisurely breakfast and a browse through the days news.
Kaspars is accessed through the Thames foyer, which is another breakfast location for the hotel and the perfect location for afternoon tea. The floral displays are beautiful and the orchids amazing.
With a last minute look at the American Bar, which is as lovely in daylight as it is in the candlelight.
 It was soon time to leave our little bubble of indulgence of The Savoy and head home. I had an amazing time at The Savoy, it was decadent but worth every penny that we paid for it. Throughout our stay we could not fault any part of it, service, standards and sumptuousness were in abundance. Now saving for a return visit........ Thankyou Savoy is was glorious. x


2 comments:

Victoria Eales said...

What an amazing treat for you I'm rather envious.

Victoria x
FlorenceandMary.com

brokeinthebigsmoke.com said...

Oh my days this looks absolutley incredible. I love luxury hotels but have always thought the Savoy would be a bit old fashioned and stuffy for me, your pictures prove otherwise! x