In London, I spent one night at the iconic Savoy Hotel (managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts) and interviewed the head butler on the secrets he keeps, which I posted here on Forbes. I didn't want to leave the suite, which had the most incredible view of the London Eye and Parliament, and a living room that made me wish I had invited fabulous London friends over for a cocktail. At night, I looked out at the twinkling lights of Big Ben and half expected to see Peter Pan and Tinkerbell flying over. I wish I had time to read all of the carefully chosen books on England and London history and personalities on the bookshelf.
The Savoy underwent an enormous renovation and reopened in November 2010, with Prince Charles there. It is one of those hotels that is so intertwined with the city that you can't distinguish one without the other. London=The Savoy and The Savoy=London.
I did leave my room to go bop around London, but I came back earlier, and snuggled up in this perfect little cocoon. And oh, I had a butler for 24 hours, which is just the greatest thing ever. Before I left, he asked "May I send your bags ahead to your next destination?" Instead of me struggling with my heavy, awkward bags through the city? He might as well have told me he had secured an invitation to tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. I have no doubt he actually could though.
View from my room
Door to my room
The lobby at The Savoy My bed
Like I said, isn't this room perfect for a cocktail party?
Another view of the living room
Where afternoon tea is served One of the many pieces of history on display
Amazing start to a day in London