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Grand Opening of the Savoy Hotel

Widely considered the first luxury hotel, in London opened in 1889. Managed by Cesar Ritz on its opening and boasting head chef Auguste Escoffier, the hotel was the first to have a bathroom in every one of its rooms.Three years ago the Savoy closed its doors for the first time in its history for a much-needed refurbishment. The refurbishment cost more than $300 million. On Oct. 10 it reopened and was fully booked, but owners Fairmont made sure that the many of the classic elements of the hotel w

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Savoy Hotel Reopening

Widely considered the first luxury hotel, the Savoyin London opened in 1889. Managed by Cesar Ritz on its opening and boasting head chef Auguste Escoffier, the hotel was the first to have a bathroom in every one of its rooms.

Three years ago the Savoy closed its doors for the first time in its history for a much-needed refurbishment. The refurbishment cost more than $300 million. On Oct. 10 it reopened and was fully booked, but owners Fairmont made sure that the many of the classic elements of the hotel were kept as they were, while still adding new features like a second bar and a restaurant with a view of the River Thames.

Click ahead for shots from inside the hotel's 2010 grand opening.

Posted 11 Oct 2010

Photo: Carl Court | AFP | Getty Images