The Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, has unveiled The Savoy Suite, a new two-bedroom suite on the sixth floor of the riverside of the hotel.
As well as providing the setting for an authentically London stay, The Savoy Suite will feature a changing private art collection by a contemporary artist adorning the walls of the suite. Guests staying in the suite will have the unique opportunity to enjoy their own private exhibition within their accommodation. The Savoy Suite, an Artist’s Residence will also host regular Artist’s Salons, a chance for the artist whose work is displayed in the suite to introduce their work to guests during an informal evening event.
First to display their work in The Savoy Suite will be renowned artist Ralph Heimans, the only artist chosen to paint an official portrait of Her Majesty the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year. In association with publisher Random House, Heimans has painted a series of portraits of celebrated authors commissioned to rewrite a Shakespeare play in prose, as part of Shakespeare400. The remarkable portraits, known collectively as ‘Shakespeare Revisited’, feature Margaret Atwood, Tracy Chevalier, Gillian Flynn, Jo Nesbø and Anne Tyler, and will be transferred from the Globe to the walls of The Savoy Suite for summer 2016.
Open and light-filled, the layout of The Savoy Suite, an Artist’s Residence exaggerates the unrivalled views of the River Thames and iconic London landmarks across two large windows. It was this same view that inspired Claude Monet to paint his famous series of London bridges as he resided in this same suite for the first of three lengthy stays at The Savoy between 1899 and 1901. Since then, so prominent are The Savoy’s links with the art world that it was deemed appropriate to honour all artists, both past and living, who have been inspired by, and continue to take inspiration from, The Savoy.
Throughout the European summer in 2016, guests of The Savoy Suite will have the unique chance to visit Westminster Abbey with artist Ralph Heimans for a private viewing of his portrait of The Queen, which can only be viewed by special invitation only. Ralph is also available for portrait commissions and will be available for sittings within the suite. Price on request.
The Savoy Suite, an Artist’s Residence is available to book and starts from AU$12,700 per night.
Award-winning designer, Pierre Yves Rochon and ReardonSmith Architects have returned to head up the design of The Savoy Suite, maintaining the grandeur of The Savoy whilst adding a modern elegance for 21st century clientele. Edwardian influences are combined with a colour palette of creams, ivories and blacks in keeping with the 1930’s, which run through other areas of the hotel. A bolder, contrasting cinnamon tone will provide warmth and complement the wood used throughout the suite.
The Suite, boasting unrivalled views of the River Thames and iconic London landmarks, will comprise an entrance foyer, master bedroom, en-suite bathroom and master dressing room, lounge with fireplace and private luxury bar and pantry, and a hydraulic table that can be installed for modern, flexible dining. An adjoining suite is to be incorporated into the design to make for a more spacious, two-bedroom suite, in recognition of the growing trend of guests requiring larger guest suites. Guests will also benefit from 24-hour Savoy Butler service.