I am a member of Fairmont Hotels and I have always regarded the Savoy, mostly due to my love for Oscar Wilde, as THE HOTEL to be in London. Last November I was eager to see how the restoration had turned out so we went for tea with some friends. We found it ok but somehow lacking in charm. What we found really disappointing was the very poor service (it took us half an hour to convince the waiter to bring vegetarian sandwiches!) and the mediocre quality of food and tea.
I thought that it might be because they had just opened and I decided to give it a second chance so we went back for lunch during our recent stay in London.
On Monday April 11 at twelve o'clock we walked into the hotel really, really hoping they would change my opinion.
We walked in the American bar and I was told to leave as I was wearing trainers!
My Prada shoes!!!! Trainers????
Would Oscar Wlde and Aubrey Beardsley be refused entrance as well for being too eccentrically dressed?
More amused than angry - their loss not ours!- we went back to our favorite bar at the Claridge's where we had a great lunch, excellent service and atmosphere, surrounded by top executives in sneakers!
The bar there was fully booked, the American bar at the Savoy was empty but for a table. You do the math!
Is the Savoy there for business or retro attitude? What a pity!
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