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Iconic London hotels set to storm back in 2010.

by Rajul on September 11, 2009

The Savoy's new River Suites will have stunning views like these

The Savoy's new River Suites will have stunning views like these

Two of London’s most famous hotels – the Four Seasons Park Lane and the Savoy – are currently closed for refurbishment.

Here we provide you with a glimpse of the latest state of the works at both these hotels which are getting set for much-heralded relaunches in 2010.

The Savoy

We’ve already touched on the refurbishment of this grand old dame in our review of London’s gorgeous art deco hotels.

Celebrated designer Yves Rochon is leading the project and the famous Savoy Grill is due to be taken over by Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

The Savoy overlooks the Thames and its views are being given a starring role: the hotel will have its own rooftop swimming pool and fitness gallery, as well as a stunning set of River Suites.

The restoration’s style will revitalise the hotel’s core Art Deco style while infusing a modern touch with the integration of state-of-the-art facilities.  The lobby and public areas will retain their traditional Edwardian heritage.

The renovation is costing over £100 million and is one of the most ambitious hotel projects that has ever been undertaken.  The Savoy will reopen in 2010 with room rates expected to start from £350 per night.

The Savoy Cat (Kaspar) will also be making a comeback!

The Savoy Cat (Kaspar) will also be making a comeback!

The Four Seasons Park Lane

When you think of “Four Seasons” you naturally evoke one of the world’s premier, service-driven hotel brands.  Many consider it the benchmark for top-notch service.

So it’s all the more surprising that it has not yet hit the heights in London.

While it does currently have a hotel in Canary Wharf, this slightly out-of-the-way location doesn’t allow it to be a proper Four Seasons flagship.

For this reason, the company is obviously pinning its hopes on the big refurbishment currently underway on its main central London hotel: the Four Seasons Park Lane.

This hotel is located on London’s showcase “hotel alley” on Park Lane – competing directly with The Dorchester, The Hilton on Park Lane and The InterContinental on Park Lane among others.

On such competitive real estate the refurbishment simply has to succeed.

All the hotel’s guest rooms and suites are being updated, as well as the common areas, restaurants and bars.

Interestingly, this renovation sees the involvement of the same firm of architects (Reardonsmith) associated with the Savoy project.

The jewel in the crown will be the adding of an entire new floor including a luxurious rooftop spa with views over Hyde Park.  A meeting room will enjoy 180 degree views over Park Lane and an internal garden.

Like the Savoy, the Four Seasons Park Lane is due to re-open in 2010 – London waits with baited breath!

It’s clear that London’s ultra-deluxe hotel scene – currently led by the Lanesborough, the Dorchester and Claridge’s – will get a serious shake-up.

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Photo credits:  The Savoy (Fairmont Hotels and Resorts).

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