Not content with outshining rival luxury London hotels with its £220m renovation and some of the city’s most expensive suites, the Savoy also appears to have taken its pick of some of London’s best hospitality talent.
Avid watchers of the new fly-on-the-wall Savoy documentary which has just been shown on UK television will already be familiar with Mr Sean Davoren – holding the job of Head Butler – who has been one of its stars.
Mr Davoren is a charming Irishman and a natural born butler. But he spent some 14 years at the Lanesborough building up his experience and refining his skills. There he headed up the team of butlers working under the wing of one of London’s most respected hoteliers, Mr Geoffrey Gelardi.
Mr Davoren’s successor, the equally suave Daniel Jordaan, recently shared his own expert packing tips with London Hotels Insight.
The Savoy has clearly been carrying out its recruitment in the premier league of hospitality talent, because it also managed to headhunt the talented Erik Lorincz – who stormed off with the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2010 prize, ahead of some 9000 rivals.
He is a man who spends months obsessively honing his skills and perfecting his drinks – including reputedly one of the best Bloody Marys in London. Until very recently he was plying his trade at the Connaught Bar (also one of the top London hotel bars) – but he too has now upped sticks to the Savoy’s American Bar where he is Head Bartender.
Among Mr Lorincz’s signature drinks is the dazzling Rising to the Sky cocktail (fresh coriander, camomille, grapefruit and orange bitters, juniper berries macerated in hot water and poured over dry ice, garnished with botanical steam) which won him the Diageo prize. It’s not on the menu but you can ask him to make you one if you visit the Savoy’s American Bar.
What then is behind the magnetic pull of the Savoy?
Its rich history certainly plays a part as well as the opportunity to help write a new chapter in the life of one of London’s premier Art Deco hotels. Jobs at the Savoy are clearly some of the hottest tickets around.
It seems that all’s fair in love and war and in London hotel recruitment!
Photo credits: Savoy Hotel.