Frank Sinatra at The Savoy
Frank Sinatra at his piano in his suite at The Savoy
Another story suggesting to insist on the best, only. Frank Sinatra made it very clear that he would not give a concert in London unless his manager could secure him a room at The Savoy.
In the event, ‘He contented himself with 15 rooms on the sixth floor,’ remembers journalist Stephen Black. His yellow guest card – kept discreetly by the unforgettable reception secretary Dodie Cotter, noted exactly where his espresso machine was stored and how many coat hangers had inadvertently slipped away with his entourage last time he had occupied the floor.
When Sinatra’s daughter Nancy came to stay at The Savoy: ‘I want to stay where daddy stayed’. The same suite was prepared, decorated with hundreds of white flowers, but when Nancy entered the room, she paid little attention to all the lavish preparation and went straight to the window, opened it and sighed: ‘My father loved this view!’