Francis Fulford reviews The Savoy, London, where our Members receive the very best deals on accommodation and dining.
The Savoy would surely figure in anybody’s list of ‘Great Hotels of the World’, not only because of the attention to detail for which it has always been famous (it makes its own beds, for instance), or for its position overlooking the River Thames, or indeed for its history and romantic past. Even beyond these things it is a Great Hotel of the World simply because it is, and has always been, very good at doing what an hotel should be good at doing—giving its guests a superlative service.
More than four years ago the hotel closed for total renovation, and it reopened in October 2010 having had a mind-boggling £220 million spent on it. Hotels such as The Savoy are, to my mind, like stately homes: the difference being that with hotels you can walk in any time and enjoy the sumptuous interior decoration, which at The Savoy varies between ‘Art Deco’ and ‘Edwardian Baroque’, while enjoying the River Restaurant or sipping a cocktail in the American Bar.
The other big difference between hotels and stately homes is, frankly, the food is infinitely better at a good hotel and, they don’t charge you an entrance fee to wander around gawping at the marble columns, glittering chandeliers or fantastic ceilings.
So why don’t we all visit hotels more often, especially those such as The Savoy, which is simply steeped in history and romance? I suppose it has something to do with the fact that we wonder how much the treat will be likely to cost us, and we assume it will be more than we intended to spend. Or perhaps we feel that we are over-indulging in these straitened times.
Well, to hell with that. We at CountryClubuk have made arrangements with the management of The Savoy for you to enjoy the full ambience of this marvellous hotel at a very advantageous price, while indulging in the culinary delights of the famous ‘Art Deco’ River Restaurant—once the preferred restaurant of Fleet Street barons whose status could be judged by how near to the windows they had been seated.
The Savoy was originally built with the profits made by its founder, Richard D’Oyle Carte, from Gilbert and Sullivan shows, and the hotel has always been a favourite among actors and actresses, not least because of its convenient location near so many theatres in the West End. So why not consider taking in a matinee performance at one such theatre after your meal?
If you do, I counsel you not to over-imbibe too liberally over lunch, as otherwise you will undoubtedly fall asleep during the performance. But then, what more delightful way to have a snooze could there be than in the comfortable seat of a theatre after enjoying a delicious lunch at The Savoy?
London Hotels: Our Members can stay at The Savoy at advantageous and exclusive CountryClubuk rates for rooms and suites, and enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine in the room, a complimentary room upgrade (if available on arrival) and complimentary access to the Health Club.
Our Club rates start at £299 per night for a Superior Queen Room (RR £750) and from £355 for two in a Deluxe King (RR £780). Other room and suite rates: Luxury King, CCUK £420 (RR £900), Junior Suite, CCUK £655 (RR £1,482), One Bedroom Suite Riverview, CCUK £2,050 (RR £3,102). Other rooms, suites and rates on application.
We believe these to be the very best like-for-like rate available anywhere. All rates given are for room only, plus VAT. For full English breakfast our Members pay £30 per head instead of the usual £35.
And when you lunch or dine at the Savoy’s stunning Art Deco restaurant Kaspar’s (the former River Restaurant) you and your guests will each receive a complimentary glass of Champagne worth some £18 per glass.
Please call Member Services on 020 7399 2960 or follow the link below to check availability and to book.