For my birthday my wife treated us to a Sunday night stay at The Savoy on a special offer package which includes dinner in the River Restaurant and breakfast. The package is excellent value and seems to be very popular.
Although we had a 'basic' room it was large enough, very nicely appointed, spotlessly clean and had everything we needed except tea and coffee making facilties which, however, seems to be the norm for 5 star hotels who obviously want you to use room service. The bed was very comfortable. Although it wasn't advertised as such, the room even had a partial river view as I found out by craning my head out of the window!
All the staff we encountered were helpful and friendly but not falsely or unbearably so and we liked the nice touch of the receptionist greeting us in the foyer and personally escorting us to our room. We used the car valet facility which. although not cheap, saved us the hassle of finding somewhere convenient to park.
We had a pre-dinner drink in the very busy American Bar but, unlike some other reviewers, we weren't overenthralled by it. At first we were a little disappointed in the River Restaurant because they only offer a set menu with four choices for each course on Sunday evenings. If we had pressed them I think we could have chosen something from the a la carte but we stuck with the set menu and we didn't regret it because we both agreed that ithe presentation and food quality were excellent. Service was tending towards leisurely but it didn't really bother us because we weren't in a hurry.
The restaurant was very busy the next morning so we were offered a table in the Thames Foyer which wasn't a problem because this is a beautiful room. The full English was fine.
The recent multi miilion pound refurbishment has been carried out very tastefully and you can imagine what the hotel was like in its heyday. However, my wife visited the hotel on business many times before the restoration and she thought that a little of the ambience and "Je ne sais quoi" had been lost. I can imagine what she means but as this is a very nebulous and subjective view I'm certainly not going to mark the hotel down because of it.
We really enjoyed the experience and we wouldn't hesitate to come back.
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