The Savoy felt much larger than it was given the number of dining/entertainment options, and it definitely felt like the place to be on a holiday evening in December. The Dickens-traditional lobby and public spaces were beautifully decorated for the holidays, and the spirit was quite festive. Now whether the bustle and busy-ness was a positive or a negative is likely a matter of personal preference. It was a bit much to us; as hotel guests we felt overwhelmed by the venue guests, and several times we noted a (high-end) Las Vegas vibe.
Nevertheless, arrival at this history-filled hotel was very nice, from the doorman who introduced himself by name to the young lady who accompanied us directly to our room without the requisite stop at registration. Nice touch. Our room was nice and comfortable though a tad dated. Bed and bedding was quite good. Bathroom nice but nothing extraordinary for a 5-star property.
However, all of this paled in comparison to the room's spectacular Thames view -- spanning from Big Ben to the Waterloo Bridge, centered on the London Eye. Even better, our room had a huge window by London standards so full advantage of the sight could be enjoyed. This alone was worth the experience.
This was a short visit for us, and we had little time to explore the neighborhood. We were impressed by how PACKED the streets were. This rather typified our Savoy experience. We liked the hotel fine and loved our room's window, but next trip to London I think we'll opt back to a quieter locale and property.
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- Also Known As:
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- Savoy London
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