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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

The Rubens at the Palace
39 Buckingham Palace Road
SW1W 0PS
London, England

Nearest Airport: LHR

Amenities for The Rubens at the Palace

  • General Information
  • 161 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • 2 Restaurants
  • 2 Bars
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Dining Room
  • Champagne Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Beauty Salon
  • Concierge
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Chauffeur Service
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Activities
  • Bike Tours
  • Cultural Tours
  • Business
  • Business Center/Services
  • Family
  • Children's Amenities
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Shopping
  • Train Station
  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Parks
  • Theatres
  • Public Transportation
  • Monuments
  • Interests
  • City
  • Culture & Arts

Reviews for The Rubens at the Palace

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 9 hours ago

This was our first time to London so this hotel was a great way to step into the city. It was charming! Upon arrival (before noon) our rooms weren't ready so they happily stored our luggage and recommended the restaurant next door (B Bar which was wonderful and I will review separately). Once we got to our rooms they were lovely. Small and a bit crowded which was expected but once we were settled they were quite nice. Comfy bed, responsive temperature controls. Bathroom is tiny, hard for two people to get ready at the same time. Shower is awkward but functional. The English Grill for breakfast was wonderful - great buffet and ala carte menu! We didn't have time for formal afternoon tea but what we saw looked like a wonderful experience. Doormen were always friendly and "traditional". Loved them! Times given for dining room service by different hotel staff conflicted so double check that when planning meals at the hotel. All-in-all a wonderful stay!

Jana E


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

I just returned home after a one-week stay at The Rubens with my aunt. We were both were impressed in every possible way by the service and accommodations. First, you cannot beat the location. It is across the street from Buckingham Palace and within very easy walking distance to the Victoria tube station. (We actually saw Prince Harry and Meghan drive by yesterday morning as we walked down Buckingham Palace Road!) There are several restaurants and shops in the immediate area, which is nice. The staff was always warm and friendly. In fact, it is not uncommon for every staff member in the lobby to greet you when you walk through. One day, we stopped at the bar for a drink, and the bartender even let us taste a new cocktail that they were thinking of introducing. All staff members made you feel important at every turn. We enjoyed the afternoon tea our first day there and it did not disappoint. The hotel offers a generous selection of teas and so many foods that you cannot possibly finish them all. Most of the tables look directly upon the Royal Mews. Finally, the room was clean, spacious, and up to date. I was surprised to read a recent review stating that the hotel was dated—I found it to be as stylish and just as luxurious as the finest hotels. Our room windows faced the gates to the Royal Mews. Thanks for an excellent visit. I will be returning to The Rubens!

historytchr - New Haven, Connecticut


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

We had booked our stay at the Ruben hotel for 4 nights right in the heart of London. Beautiful location, excellent service rooms were a little small they have been remodeled but the one problem that has no drawers for your clothes also see photo there is no place for the bathroom toilet paper

Bob S - Fredericksburg, Texas


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

Staff was amazing!! Concierge was very personable. Air conditioning works very well on hot days. Comfortable beds and nicely decorated rooms. What puts this hotel apart from others is the staff. Nice Bar area. Valet full day parking was only 39 pounds which is better than other hotels I checked which were at 100+ a day. If we come back to London we will stay here again.

christinemM6072OM - Stow


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

When you step off in front of the hotel, you are greeted by the doorman & a porter to assist you. Everyone is quite formal so you feel like you’re in a very expensive hotel. It’s decorated elegantly, clean, but showing wear & smells musty with age. However, I like its location, next to a new complex of various restaurants, the underground, & of course, the Buckingham Palace. So, I will definitely consider it again should I return to London.

Monetzky - Pasadena, Texas


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