The Savoy Hotel Reopens
One of London's best known landmarks and hotels will reopen this Sunday after an extensive three year restoration project estimated at £220 million ($366 million).
The 268 room hotel has undergone a complete makeover with much of the expenditure spent on modernising the infrastructure of the hotel from the removal of dangerous asbestos to decaying plumbing.
French designer Pierre Yves Rochon oversaw the Savoy's interior redesign, updating the Art Deco and Edwardian property with his signature opulent touches. A new addition, The Beaufort Bar has been added to the hotel along with 38 new suites which feature sweeping views of the River Thames.
The Savoy, a Fairmont Hotels and Resorts managed hotel has also introduced an eco-policy throughout the hotel to encourage environmentally-friendly practices and activities. A 'Green Butler' will advise guests on all things 'green' around London. Meanwhile, oil used in the hotel kitchens will be transformed into biodiesel while the hotel claims they will recycle 90% per cent of its waste.
The management are hoping to capture clientele from the emerging markets particularly China and India while guests from the Middle East and Russia remain key to the Savoy's sales strategy.