Brighton Savoy Hotel

Brighton Savoy is a 4-star hotel in the Bayside suburb of Brighton, Victoria in Australia. It is located opposite Brighton Beach at 150 Esplanade, overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Brighton Savoy has been in operation as an accommodation complex since 1959 and during that time has hosted a number of high-profile events, such as the second TV Week Logie Awards presentation ceremony in 1960.[1][2]

Brighton Savoy
General information
Location150 Esplanade, Brighton, Victoria, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates37°54′55.1″S 144°59′15.4″E / 37.915306°S 144.987611°E / -37.915306; 144.987611Coordinates: 37°54′55.1″S 144°59′15.4″E / 37.915306°S 144.987611°E / -37.915306; 144.987611
Technical details
Floor count3
Other information
Number of rooms60
Number of restaurants1


Prior to Brighton Savoy's establishment as a hotel, the location for Brighton Savoy was originally built in 1909 as a luxurious private mansion. In the 1930s, St Leonard's Presbyterian Girl's College used it as accommodation and an official boarding house for girls from the country. By the 1940s, it was known as Manoa and then as the 'Savoy Private Hotel'. The ballroom was often used for functions and guests began booking it for weddings. In 1959, permits for extension were granted, allowing for a motel with function rooms to be constructed.[3]

Brighton Savoy made a name for itself as a function venue, hosting the Second Logie Awards in 1960 during which Graham Kennedy won the Logie Award for Most Popular Personality.[1][2] Brighton Savoy was bought by the Lee family in 1967, under whose ownership and management it remains today.[4][5]

Notable guestsEdit

Brighton Savoy has hosted a variety of notable guests, including: English glamour model Sabrina[6] and Australian politician Bob Hawke.[4]

Music and artEdit

In June 2014, Brighton Savoy's venue was the location for the Melbourne-based performance artist, choreographer and dancer, Daniel Pegler's video "Clone".[7]

In August 2014, Brighton Savoy was the video location for the music video by South African-born Australian actor, YouTuber, singer and songwriter Troye Sivan for his song "Happy Little Pill" released by EMI Recorded Music Australia Pty Ltd.[8]

In the mediaEdit

In January 2014, Brighton Savoy were publicised in the Bayside Leader newspaper in an article titled 'Brighton Savoy hotel criticised for sending out Valentine's Day mistress group email' in response to Brighton Savoy sending an e-mail offer to their e-mail subscribers stating "Come and join us with your special friend, partner or mistress for a romantic evening of sunsets, roses, wining and dining in the Seaview Restaurant".[9]

The Bayside Leader reported that one of their readers 'Linda' (last name withheld) said she was "appalled by the tone of the Brighton Savoy email promoting a February 14 feast in its restaurant."[9]

In the article, Michael Lee, Brighton Savoy owner is quoted as saying "Our social media department has been severely rebuked. I apologise sincerely. I can understand why some people would be offended."[9]

In the Australian Financial Review on April 27th 2020 , Hotel owner Michael Owner discussed the impact of Covid- 19 on the Australian Hotel Industry


  1. ^ a b "2nd TV Week Logie Awards, 1960". Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Ganska, Helen (30 April 2009). "TV Guide: And the winner is..." Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  3. ^ Lee, Des (1 December 2010). I had nothing to lose: A life of ups and downs. Makor Jewish Community Library. pp. 145–176. ISBN 978-0-9807027-3-6.
  4. ^ a b Crafti, Stephen (29 February 2012). "Warm and fond memories". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  5. ^ Szego, Julie (7 August 2010). "In the midst of life..." The Age. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Sabrina in Australia". The Encyclopaedia Sabrina. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Daniel Pegler – Clone". Retrieved 11 April 2015 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Troye Sivan – Happy Little Pill". Retrieved 11 April 2015 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ a b c Andrews, Jon (28 January 2014). "Brighton Savoy hotel criticised for sending out Valentine's Day mistress group email". Bayside Leader. Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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