December 9, 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
We enjoyed four nights at this lovely hotel. It was a wonderful stay. The hotel is clean, charming and well decorated. The staff was perfectly trained, very welcoming and helpful. From the doormen, to concierge, reception and maid service the attention to detail was appreciated. The room was very nice, comfortable and we enjoyed our time. The cost is a little pricey. We felt secure since our room was located within the Royal Suites and required an extra card swipe to enter. The hotels location is absolutely perfect since it is directly across the street from Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews. Many good shops within steps from the front door. Also, the hotel is a short walk across the street to the Sir Simon Milton Square which houses many upscale restaurants and stores. It is a very short walk to a Waitrose market with deli and a Prep A Manger restaurant. We only dined once in the hotel's English Grill, finding the service was very good and the food was just okay. We did not try out the other on site restaurants. A short walk to St. James Park, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abby. Excellent stay! I would definitely recommend this hotel.
ATravelerMidwest - Midwest
This was my third stay at the Rubens Hotel and I am looking forward coming back. As always, a very warm welcome and the usual welcome voucher for a free drink in the hotel bar. I asked for a room to the back of the building as this is the most silent location. Got a room on third floor, 327. Not the biggest room ever but clever layout, comfy bed and new bathroom with excellent water pressure. Two bottles of water on the room. Had an excellent sleep and a wonderful english breakfast. At the next night I enjoyed my free drink in the cosy bar. Again, there was an excellent singer in the bar giving the place a wonderful atmosphere. If you do like typical British hotels with a cosy atmosphere and a perfectly friendly staff, this is the best place to stay. Location is perfect for business travellers and toursits due to the location close to Victoria station. Buckingham Palace is right across the street and the area around is perfect for a morning walk. I can highly recommend the Rubens Hotel, comfort, atmosphere and staff are really perfect and make me feel like coming home
ViennaMichael - Vienna
The Rubens at the Palace is a true find-within feet of the Palace, Westminster Cathedral, and other great sites, yet a cozy and quiet retreat when worn out from your walkabouts. The staff are cordial and very helpful; at our recent stay the night manager helped with a couple of tasks my wife needed done prior to a speaking engagement the next morning, and we could not have been happier with his attentive and generous efforts. The room service meal was outstanding. Beds very comfortable, and the bathrooms small but stylish and absolutely adequate. Would return here definitely when we come back to London.
Brook L - Newton, Massachusetts
Stayed here for 3 nights at part of our honeymoon at the start of November, Staff were brilliant and very helpful, rooms were like nothing we had stayed in before, really individual.....English grill restaurant as the hotel was super too.....we will return.
mike f - Poole, United Kingdom
It really does disappoint me to have to write this negative review (after writing so many fantastic ones after previous stays). I have been staying at this hotel once/twice a year with family for the last 15 or so years and have never had any issues whatsoever. However it really saddens me to say this visit hasn't been so good. Firstly I will say that the recent revamp is wonderful and has really done the hotel justice. We stayed in the African Queen Suite and it really is a lovely, well appointed room. Our area of complaint however is with the food and beverage changes to the hotel. We were really excited about trying the new restaurant offerings during our stay. On our first night in the English Grill we were told the catch of the day was tuna, a not particularly local nor fine dining fish such as sea bass or bream for example. The English Grill is charging fine dining prices, which I have no issue with paying however I expect a fine dining dish to be slightly more 'complete' as opposed to having to order a vegetable as a side for example as we did. The breads and pate are lovely and fresh and a nice touch however I was rather surprised that a large raw salad bowl was offered as a cruditĂ© option, I have never seen raw broccoli and raw mushroom presented this way. The next evening after a long day out we wanted a more relaxed hot bar meal, but now after 5.30pm it seems only basic small snacks are available, this I could appreciate if the bar was busy, but we were among only a few people there and the lounge was also empty. We decided to eat in B bar next door, which offered exactly what we wanted. A shame The Calvary Bar could not do this, despite being so quiet. On our third evening we decided to try the Curry Room, only to be told it was closed on Tuesdays! Of all the hotels I have stayed in, I have never known an in house restaurant to be shut. We decided to eat in the English Grill once more. The first bottle of wine we ordered was out of stock, the replacement came from the cellar so it was not chilled. We were offered a class of champagne complimentary to drink whilst it was put on ice, which was an appreciated gesture, however good bar keeping practices would have ensured the wines were kept stocked well and chilled ready for opening. I ordered roast lamb leg. Itself was delicious, however it was carved onto an un-warmed plate, and although came with vegetables the usual Yorkshire pudding and roast potato accompaniments I discovered were not part of the dish and had to be ordered as side dishes, never have I known a roast not be served without these and for the price of the dish I find this rather unreasonable. When our desserts came my nephews sticky toffee pudding was cold, it was replaced and although hot was in a cold dish, similar fashion to my lamb on a cold plate. Again basic restaurant practices such as warming plates/dishes not being done. I ordered crumble to come with cream and it arrived with custard. The restaurant was very quiet but was overwhelmed with staff, to the extent that it became rather frustrating that were were continually asked how things were by different members of staff and things were still not good. Too many cooks spoil the broth springs to mind!! Over the past years of stays we always dined in the Library restaurant and this was similar pricing but the dining was fine and fancy, delicious and different with Al a carte choices such as scallops, fois gras, sea bass etc, all these have now very sadly gone. Finally we decided to have a drink in the Cavalry Bar after dinner, the waiter from the restaurant apologised once more and offered another complimentary drink for the problems, this was appreciated however a good meal like the Library previously offered for years was all that we wanted. I might also add that a very talented singer was in the bar this evening, however due to the small size and intimate nature of the Calvary bar I think this was too much, we could hardly hear to talk, there was only 2 other people sat in the bar and other people walked in then walked out. More intimate entertainment/music would be far more appropriate. Breakfast in the new restaurant is still exceptional. Even more so now it's cooked to order as opposed to buffet style, still with delicious and extensive choices. This is a very lengthy review, one which I'm very saddened to write. I would stay at the Rubens again yes as the hotel itself is wonderful as are the rooms. However I would sadly say I would not, and will not, dine here again. Shirley Scott.
LAG9393 - Norwich, United Kingdom