October 15, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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The Rubens at the Palace in London, England
The Rubens at the Palace is the closest you'll get to a sleepover with the Queen without a state visit invitation. The hotel is directly across from the royal residence on property that enjoys a colorful past – the Duke of Buckingham lived here in the 1600s, followed by an apothecary and a Court dressmaker. The Rubens, which was built in 1912, housed the Polish army during WWII and gave respite to exiled Charles de Gaulle. The hotel's decadent – and often equally colorful – rooms and suites are a comfortable home base in the epicenter of London.
Greet the day with a morning stroll across the gardens. Stop by the Queen's Gallery, which displays many of the best works from the Royal Family's personal collection. Roam Westminster, but be back in time for high tea – from the lounge you’ll see the Queen's stables and maybe even catch a glimpse of passing pageantry. As evening progresses, settle into an armchair by a crackling fire and savor a plate of grilled Dover sole with chive and butter sauce.
Location of The Rubens at the Palace
Nearest Airport: LHR
Amenities for The Rubens at the Palace
- General Information
- 161 Guest Rooms
- 2 Restaurants
- 2 Bars
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Dining Room
- Champagne Bar
- On-Site Amenities
- Beauty Salon
- High-Speed Internet Access
- Chauffeur Service
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Luxury Linens
- Luxury Bath Amenities
- Bike Tours
- Cultural Tours
- Business Center/Services
- Children's Amenities
- Historic Sites
- Train Station
- Art Galleries
- Public Transportation
- Culture & Arts
Reviews for The Rubens at the Palace
I was only there one night, but it was not a pleasant experience. The location is great and made touring Buckingham Palace and St. James Park a breeze. Aside from that, the room I was in (classic twin) was not quiet (neighbor noise was a constant) and was a bit rundown. (I believe there are renovated rooms, but not all are, which I didn't know.) There was a loose hanging bulb, a toilet seat in need of replacing, broken floor tiles and dirty linens (see photos). I also discovered blood on my duvet and requested a clean one. 30 minutes later, I received a duvet made for a smaller bed. I asked for one that would fit the bed. 30 minutes after that, the gentleman returned with the same one, saying it was all they had. Upon checkout, I did receive an offer for a free upgrade should I ever return to the hotel. I don't think I will.
My husband and I attended The Ruben for Gin tasting with sharing platters which was absolutely amazing. Fabio our very own personnel "cocktail waiter" was very friendly he was also so knowledgeable of all the different gin's and which tonic went best (yes there are various flavoured tonics). This was bought for us as a gift and I would recommend it entirely.
SLO1957 - Rayleigh, United Kingdom
We were part of a coach-trip on a visit to Buckingham Palace. We came from Worcestershire. We had lunch at The Rubens and we were there for a couple of hour. As far as I was concerned it was superb! It's fair to say some people were not happy.......but the way their staff treated these 'issues' was with excellence. It wasn't cheap but I thought it was value for money. I HAD A GREAT TIME.
JohnFJAllen - Rainow, United Kingdom
We normally stay at The Milestone at High Steet Kensington, but due to its very convenient location close to Victoria train station, I felt on this occasion, The Rubens at the Palace would be a better option. This is a beautifully sumptuous hotel, very cosy with comfortable public rooms, decorated to a very high standard and clearly very popular with our American and Canadian friends! The restaurant is beautifully appointed with welcoming staff who provide a slick and professional service , along with a pleasing manner. The breakfast here is a real feast, plenty of choice. In particular, the croissants are absolutely amazing. Had I had the room, I could have eaten a dozen of them! We had a superb room, extremely comfortable, a spacious bathroom with generous towels, as you would expect from a hotel of this calibre. A small query was expertly dealt with. I congratulate the reception staff for their welcoming, non superior attitude, a real pleasure to experience. We loved our stay at The Rubens, however, we do miss the Milestone and look forward to returning there shortly!
Bikingdiver - UK
We have stayed at The Rubens several times and it just seems to get better and better with extremely attentive professional staff. Last time we stayed the hotel was going through an extensive refurbishment which is now complete and looking fantastic. We particularly like the new look English Grill restaurant where we enjoyed a couple of excellent evening meals (including an exceptional Tomerhawk steak). We booked an Executive Suite overlooking the Royal Mews (African Queen) which has the convenience of a separate sitting room and dressing area. The hotel went the extra mile to ensure our comfort and even purchased a memory foam topper for us as we found the new mattress too firm (if you prefer a soft mattress I would recommend contacting the hotel in advance about this). We were celebrating our wedding anniversary during our stay and we were completely blown away by the surprise laid on by the amazing team at the hotel who spoilt us with romantic treats and exclusive use of the leopard bar before dinner. This really was unexpected and we would like to thank Evelyn and all staff involved in making our anniversary so memorable. We look forward to our next visit.
GailW2100 - Norwich, United Kingdom