Rubens Hotel

39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0QT, United Kingdom

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    Next to the Buckingham Palace


    Rubens Hotel at the Palace

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    If book online, a standard double room could cost 115 GBP to 165 GBP plus 17.5 percent tax, excluding breakfast.

    The hotel has at least 5 floors. It has elevators to use.

    A standard double room will have an ensuite bathroom (bath and shower combined with shower curtain); a double bed (NOT king-size bed).

    If for a room facing the Buckingham Palace Road (actually facing the Royal Mews), the sound proof windows cut 95% of the street traffic noise.

    The room size is fair, but with space for a desk with an 'executive' chair, and a small table with an arm chair at the window.

    It is located 200 meters east of the Victoria Station, right at the southeast of the Royal Mews across the Buckingham Palace Road.

    It is centrally located, within walking distance to many tourist places in London. Also, easy access to the Original Bus Tour or Big Bus Tour stops and Victoria Multi-modal (e.g., Tube/Bus/Train) station.

    Five minutes of walk will take you to the Buckinham Palace, the St. James park and the Guards Museum.

    Unique Quality: SERVICE:
    The hotel staff are very friendly and concierge staff is very helpful. If you decide to take the Original Bus Tour, you can buy ticket at the concierge (and charge it to your bill).

    The hotel does not seem to follow the trend as many other hotels in the world nowadays do, i.e., give guests choice of either having sheets/towels changed 'daily' or 'every 3 days'.

    When a 'do NOT disturb sign' hung on the door knob, it does not mean you do not want to be disturbed: the maid would call you to see if you really mean 'do not disturb' (so do not get mad if you are woken up) or by accident forgot to remove the sign when you lea ft the hotel for fun. If none answers the phone, she would come in to change everything.

    The hotel has two types of breakfasts (served at the Old Masters Restaurant):
    A) Continental: with buns, breads, cold cuts, fruit and yogurt (excellent French yogurt!), cereals, fruit preserves and jams, milk, fruit juices and coffee.
    B) British: in addition to A), you can have eggs (deep fried or poached or crambled, no hard-boiled), fried potato pancakes, blood pudding (I tried once), high fat sausages, baked beans etc.

    A)17:30-19:30, buffet is served at the Old Masters Restaurant. One can choose either 3-course (17 GBP): salad, main course, and desserts; or 2-course (12 GBP): either main course with salads or main course with desserts;

    B)After 19:30, the elegant 2-AA Rosette award-winning Library Restaurant serves a la carte British and international cuisine fine food. I particularly like the choice that one can order extra side dish of vegetables especially green leaf stuff.

    There are various desserts to choose from. The one we liked the best was the assorted desserts which comes with 1) Poached figs with cream, 2) Vanila ice cream, 3) Orange flavored dark chocolate mouse, 4) red berries preserves, and 5) cream brulee.

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    A 4-star small quaint hotel.


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