The Savoy Hotel Entrance
Throughout its epic 121 year history, The Savoy has gone through a number of renovations, but none quite like this. Over the last three years the famously opulent hotel has been closed for refurbishment of the entire building from head-to-toe, costing an enormous £220 million. Rather than using this renovation to compete with more modern luxury hotels, the owners – The Fairmont Company – have kept true to the original Edwardian style of the magnificent facade and updated the interior with complementary elegance.
The redesign by Pierre-Yves Rochon has incorporated the two previous styles for which the Savoy is well known – Edwardian and Art Deco. Having been built in 1889, the exterior and overall layout is genuine to this period, however in the late 1920s and early 1930s , the Savoy was reinvented by Sir Howard Robertson into Art Deco opulence which has inspired many subsequent buildings.
Whilst remaining sympathetic to both eras, Rochon has created a beautifully modern element by splitting the hotel into three aspects of design. The foyer, receptions and facade remain quintessentially Edwardian with period flooring, accessories and patterned fabrics whilst the Beaufort Bar has taken on an extravagant black and gold Art Deco flavour. With low chandeliers giving off sensual lighting and metallic gold shimmering onto patent black, the look could have been a disaster, but due to the high ceilings and large floor space the decoration looks exquisite. The biggest and probably the most difficult change however has been the renovation of the 268 bedroom and bath suites which have been completely overhauled to offer mod cons and modern aesthetics. Whilst retaining their grandeur, the suites are tastefully modern with an element of the traditional in the swathes of fabric and period furniture; they are simple, well lit and fairly neutral in both palette and pattern.
So after three years of waiting, has the renovation lived up to all expectations? I think so. The success has come from giving The Savoy a much needed facelift without losing its established and inherent personality, a balance which is often difficult to achieve.
The Beaufort Bar
The Thames Foyer
Elegant Roll Top Bath
Refurbished Suite Overlooking The London Eye
Two Of The 268 Refurbished Bedrooms
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