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Savoy looks unlikely to reopen this year after revamp

03 June 2009 by
Savoy looks unlikely to reopen this year after revamp

Doubts have been raised about whether the Savoy will re-open this year following a £100m refurbishment, after the hotel's owner admitted it wasn't taking any event bookings for 2009.

The re-opening date has already slipped from May to the autumn and Fairmont Hotels says it is now planning a "phased autumn/winter 2009 re-opening" for the property.

But event organisers that have booked the hotel ballroom for later this year have now been told the venue will not be ready.

A spokesman for Fairmont Hotels said: "We are still on target for a phased autumn/winter 2009 re-opening of the hotel and public areas.

"However, with a project of this magnitude and scope, and mindful of the sensitivity of our relationships with our long-term loyal client base - particularly with the Lancaster Ballroom - we have decided not to accept bookings for events this year in case, for any unexpected reason, a particular event room's re-opening was delayed."

"Hotel refurbishments are notoriously difficult - this one seems to be no different," a source told Caterersearch sister website ContractJournal.com.

"They have a habit of over-running and that usually leads to legal action because the hotel is losing out on revenue every day it is closed."

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By Daniel Thomas

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