While brand Gucci is everywhere – via the textiles, tableware, and dressing table trinkets – you’re not oversold on the monogram, and that might be the real design coup here. “It’s really difficult to pick out an individual detail, because it’s the combined effect of all the decorative elements that make such an impression. I have to confess I love the Gucci backgammon set; I can imagine whiling away an evening with a loved one playing backgammon, glancing up at the view from time to time, and sipping on a cocktail,” adds Arnold.
And while the more traditional decorative elements take centerstage, there are some modern surprises. Opening the wardrobe in the dressing room reveals an immersive video homage to both the brand and a cheeky reference to a literary classic. There’s also a special VR headset experience that you can ask for.
Should you wish to replicate any of this upon your return to your own home, almost everything in here can be purchased – including the art, curated specially by auctioneers Christie’s.
Food & Drink
You really don’t ever have to leave your suite for supper – a personal butler is on hand to cater to your every whim. Multi-tiered stands of that most beloved of British traditions, afternoon tea, can be delivered to you, as can a Hanky Panky Highball – in fact, the mixologist will come along to shake it up right in front of you. However, it’d be a shame not to head down to the Savoy Grill for its classy comfort food, or to the seafood-starring River Restaurant, where, on a recent night, I tucked into a truly excellent taramasalata, the chef’s selection of oysters, and barbecue aubergine.
Of course, making the best use of your time inside the suite probably involves inviting your friends over for a cocktail or few. It’d be a shame not to share all that space, should you find yourself in it.
The Savoy Royal Suite by Gucci starts at £15,875