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The Savoy Named Five-Star Hotel by Forbes Travel Guide in the First Annual Rating of London Hotels

Publish Date: 25-Apr-2013

London Thursday, April 25, 2013

Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its inaugural London Star Awards, which recognise the city’s highest rated hospitality establishments, and it named The Savoy as a winner. The Savoy will be showcased with all of the award recipients on, the exclusive destination worldwide for Forbes Travel Guide’s star-rated properties. This marks the first hotel ratings in Europe for Forbes Travel Guide, which has anonymously inspected and rated hotels, restaurants and spas since the company’s founding in 1958 as Mobil Travel Guide.
The Savoy, originally opened in 1889, has played host to royalty, world leaders and legends of the stage and screen. This iconic hotel continues to improve with age, thanks in part to a recent restoration that was among the most ambitious in British history. Today the hotel boasts 268 rooms and suites, many of which afford views over the Thames and city of London, some of the most well-known restaurants and bars in London including the American Bar, Beaufort Bar and Savoy Grill, and magnificent meeting space steeped in history. The Savoy has announced two new concepts for May 2013, including the introduction of a new restaurant, Kaspar’s Seafood Bar & Grill, and a partnership with the Savoy Pier, a private pier where several luxury river yachts are available for private events and spectacular tours on the Thames. Also recently introduced is The Savoy Suite Welcome, incorporating The Savoy’s legendary butler service, private car transfers, in-room bar, wi-fi and the pressing of one garment per guest for those staying in one-bedroom suites and above.
Upon receiving the award, Kiaran MacDonald, Managing Director of The Savoy, commented, “My team and I are extremely proud and honoured to have been awarded the highest accolade of five-stars by such an internationally renowned and leading travel authority.” 
The Savoy is the latest addition to the travel ratings system that has been the gold standard in the industry since 1958.
“Forbes Travel Guide’s Star Awards represent the best in class in luxury hospitality, with a primary emphasis on guest engagement and service,” said Michael Cascone, President and COO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Our first London ratings announcement marks our entry into the European market and continues to establish Forbes Travel Guide as the global benchmark for the highest standards in hospitality service and facilities.”
For further press information or images of The Savoy, please contact:- 
Emma Allam, Director of Communications, The Savoy
Email: or Tel: +44(0)20 7420 2329
Charlotte Faith, Press Officer, The Savoy
Email: or Tel: +44(0)20 7420 2372
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Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide and originator of the prestigious Star Ratings and certifications, has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. is the exclusive online destination of Forbes Travel Guide star-rated properties worldwide.  It is a luxury travel and lifestyle platform that combines the objectivity and heritage of the Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating system with insightful recommendations from a hand-selected group of tastemakers and travel experts.  Startle provides detailed information on Star Rated hotels, restaurants and spas and gives its registered members exclusive access to special offers and curated experiences from select Startle partner properties. 
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