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The Savoy has a luxurious art deco design style in the public areas, with more of a traditional air in its corridors. Beginning with the mirrored marquee at the front entrance of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, with a golden statue behind it and the hotel’s name lit up in neon green, the hotel continues the glam art deco theme with a black-and-white checkerboard floor in the lobby. There are overstuffed armchairs and pillows, sofas, glass coffee tables and a fireplace in the corner, along with statues of dogs, vases of all sizes and antique boxes. It all creates a grand and eccentric living room, encouraging arriving guests and gawping tourists to sit and take it all in. Further into the hotel is the Thames Foyer, with a stunning stained glass cupola and metal cage that encases a live piano player, who serenades guests as they enjoy afternoon tea. The corridors of the London hotel are more understated, with plush carpeting, damask wallpaper and discreet signage.
The Savoy is unique in having two extremely distinct, yet surprisingly complementary, design aesthetics: English Edwardian and Art Deco. This is a result of the hotel being built in two separate stages, with the first incarnation of The Savoy completed in the 1880s, followed by a large expansion project in the 1920s. A recent $350 million interior restoration (between 2007 and 2010) by renowned interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon honored these two aesthetics; every single feature of the London hotel now boasts a unique blend of the traditional and the contemporary, such as mahogany paneling and ceiling friezes alongside colorful marble tiles and geometric light fixtures. Yet The Savoy’s most iconic design features remain the original revolving doors at the hotel’s entrance.