presenter and director Stephen Fry was the first guest to check in to The Savoy
hotel in London
at 10.10am on the 10.10.2010.
Fairmont-managed hotel re-opened its doors after three years of restoration of
the entire building, including its meeting rooms and the 268 bedrooms and
suites, at a cost of £220m.
prolific Twitter user, Fry tweeted upon his arrival: “Aware that I am of course
outrageously lucky to be new Savoy’s first guest. Was clapped in by staff
like new heir to Downton Abbey *blush*.”
a night spent at the hotel, Fry added: “What with the absurd comfort of the
Savoy bed and the absurd discomfort of the
I am somewhat behindhand with the day.”
restoration also included the introduction of a combined heat and power plant,
which will reduce the hotel’s reliance on the national grid by approximately 50
per cent, with a further system that reclaims the heat from all kitchen
appliances to preheat domestic hot water. Cooking oil from the hotel restaurants
will be recycled and turned into biodiesel, while waste management systems will
recycle up to 90 per cent of waste from the hotel.
Established in 1889, The Savoy was the brainchild of the Gilbert and
Sullivan impresario Richard D’Oyly Carte. Past guests of the hotel include Sarah
Bernhardt, Dame Nellie Melba and the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII.
hotel consists of eight renovated banqueting rooms with its largest Lancaster
Room at 476sqm with a capacity for 800 cocktail-style and 250 classroom; and
seven private rooms with a maximum capacity of 80 cocktail-style and 30
classroom. The Savoy’s private rooms are all named after
operettas by Gilbert and Sullivan.
Savoy is introducing à la carte menus as an
option for up to 440 delegates and claims this is a first for any London hotel.
Thirty-eight new river suites and guestrooms have been added and nine
‘Personality Suites’, which pay tribute to famous personalities who made the
hotel its home including Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich and Frank Sinatra.