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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 8 hours 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


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 9 hours ago

We booked a night here to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. After a day of sightseeing we checked in, and during our conversation about our visit we mentioned we were celebrating our anniversary. An hour or so later a beautiful cake was sent to our room unannounced, a really thoughtful touch. The room was lovely. everything you would expect in a hotel like this. We decided to eat at the hotels own Curry Room and were not disappointed. Food and service was excellent, drink was a touch expensive but probably what you'd expect in a five star establishment. We're not used to staying in places like The Rubens, this was a special treat and it lived up to our expectations and more.

seansims1 - Banstead, United Kingdom


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 17 hours ago

We have stayed there before but this visit was for about three weeks, so it became kind of a home. It was a wonderful experience. I'll start from the beginning. In planning for the trip, we had many open issues about our stay. I worked directly with Nikki Howard on our reservations through email. There were lots of emails and she was patient, answered my questions and helped me through everything. When we arrived, we were met by Maisy Gale of guest services and she became our friend. We spoke everyday she was working because she was so nice and really cared about our stay. Without going through all the names, the breakfast staff, the concierges, the desk staff, everyone was delightful. Despite the central location and the busy environment, it was almost like being in a small country inn. Frankly, it was a little like that because with our long stay, we made ourselves comfortable. The location was great, the food was great, and we had everything we needed. In three weeks we did see a couple of mistakes with housecleaning but these were fixed as soon as we asked. We also stayed at another Red Carnation property while we were there with the same result. We will be back again.

Gary C - Santa Fe, New Mexico


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 22 hours ago

The Rubens is located just across the street from Buckingham Palace, between Westminster and Belgravia, and very convenient for Begravia’s shops and restaurants and the Royal parks. It is an extremely smart hotel and although it is rated 4 stars, the presentation and service are definitely up there with the best hotels in London. The public areas and the four restaurants are beautifully decorated, elaborate yet elegant and tasteful. Restaurants are excellent, particularly the new Curry Room. The guest rooms are tasteful, elegant and very well equipped. Bathrooms are superb. Staff are very helpful, attentive yet discrete. The hotel compares very favourably with many of the over-hyped 5 star hotels in London. Highly recommended

Lewis S - Codsall, United Kingdom


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

We had an amazing stay at Rubens at the Palace. This was the perfect central place to stay! Upon checking into our room we were pleasantly surprised to find it so nicely decorated and with everything that we needed. Breakfast each morning was a delicious hot breakfast or a selection off the buffet. The menu choices provided so many options and everything we had was delicious! The hotel's location excellent for walking to see a show, catching the tube, or heading out to watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. You cannot beat the view from the Tea Room - We enjoyed the traditional English Tea one afternoon and had a delightful time in the Tea Room and watching the view outside on the street - directly across the street from The Royal Mews. The goodies at the Tea were delicious and the room is so lovely! Truly worthwhile to sit and relax and enjoy the Tea Room. On the evenings we were too tired from the day; we simply relaxed in the lounge to eat while enjoying the singer or ordered room service. Menu selection for both was great! Our room was cleaned and made up new again each day and the staff from the front desk to the concierge, to breakfast room and doorman we so helpful and friendly. I don't think I could come again to London without staying here again. Outstanding hotel for families or those just planning to stay and enjoy the sights!

Rachel0417 - North Carolina Coast, North Carolina


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