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Rubens At The Palace

Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0PS, United Kingdom
(4 star hotel)
#33 of 2,358 hotels in London
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 8 reviews
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Right next to Buckingham Palace

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 10, 2006

Minor teething problem ( the room wasn't ready at 4pm) given a complimentry drink and an upgrade to a suite! If you are an overseas tourist over 50yrs. you will love this place. A/C works well the service is attentive. Like many London hotels there are many opportunities to add to your bill but no worse than others. Service is added automatically on everything so you don't need to tip.

Bad points - only one, check that the VAT has been added to your room cost before booking, mine wasn't.

This isn't a modernist glass - steel - marble chic hotel block. If you want that try elsewhere.

Unique Quality: Hotel overlooks the royal mews which to be honest isn't that awsome, the front of the palace where the changing of the guard takes place at 11.30am everyday (get there by 10.30 if you want to see it as it gets very crowded - VERY CROWDED) is less than 3 minutes walk away. Turn right out of the hotel entrance.

Directions: Nearest tube is Victoria. Chelsea's Kings road is a 15 minutes walk through Eaton Square. Piccadilly and Bond Street is a nice walk through Green Park around 10 - 15 minutes where you will also find the most expensive designer shops in London.

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Great Location

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 19, 2005

The Rubens Hotel is a quaint hotel right across from Buckingham Palace. It is reasonable priced and within walking distance to many area attractions. The rooms were on the small side but suffient. The morning buffet was almost $16.00 per person, need for the budget conscious.

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The Rubens At The Palace: Closest to the Palace

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 11, 2005

Wow, what a posh place! I thought I'd gotten a killer online deal for two nights at the Reubens, but after all taxes had been applied and the girl at the hotel desk had sold me on a $30 extra room upgrade (for a better view), I ended up paying much more than I'd originally budgeted for. But what a bizarre, splendid place!
The decor of the hotel was distinctly "British", all dark woods, deep red colours, and gold gilding. The lobby and restaurant areas had lots of royal memorabilia and old military flags on display. The bartender was just as you would expect at a fancy British place, a stiff-upper-lip guy in a tuxedo--he drawled out "Siiirrr?" whenever he took my order. The staff was greatly friendly and courteous--the girl at the check-in desk was quick and the concierge helped us plan a whole walking tour of the area. The location of the hotel is ideal for those wanting to see the changing of the guard in the morning or walk to the other sights (such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament).
The window in our room looked out over one of the gates of Buckingham Palace towards the Royal Mews. I have to say, it was pretty impressive to look out your window and see the Palace less than a hundred feet away.
Different types of royal seals adorned above and around the bed. The tiled bathroom was small but immaculately clean.
I wouldn't take the over-the-top regal atmosphere here too seriously though. Underneath all the pomp, underneath the fancy dressings, I found the Rubens to be a very normal hotel--in need of some paint here and there, the room was kind of small, and the elevator didn't work one day. But it's a really fun place to stay for that same reason and I would definitely recommend it when visiting London; I think royal-watchers and kids would especially love the atmosphere.

Unique Quality: This is the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace.

Directions: On Buckingham Place Road. Exit Victoria Station tube stop. Exit the station at Terminus Place and turn left. Turn right onto Buckingham Palace Road and follow road for approximately 100 metres.

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When you want to be the Queen's Neighbor

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 10, 2004

To be honest, Rubens at the Palace is a bit out of my price range. That said, I've stayed here three times. The first two were with a friend, so I was splitting the bill. The last was this past July when I was taking my neice to London and Paris for her graduation gift. We stayed at the Rubens our last night, after a few days in Paris.

Across the street from the Queen's Mews, the Hotel is a very nice 4 star property. You know as soon as you arrive that you'll be well taken care of. The doorman rushes to open the Cab door and grabs your bags. From there on things are taken care of for you. This is especially nice if you've been lugging your stuff on planes, trains or boats.

Our airconditioned room was comfortable and luxe. The bathroom is especially nice and the room as all the best amenities, robes, plush towels, and inroom tea service.

Unique Quality: Although the hotel has a couple of nice restaurants, I enjoy the small bar/lounge where the bar menu has everything I could ask for and a pianist plays wonderful tunes (open to requests). My neice and I enjoyed our club sandwiches, last night champagne and the beautiful music.

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Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 2, 2004

Nice hotel, great location, and reasonable. We had a room that looked directly onto the "Horse Gate" and could watch the vehicles come and go from the working side of the palace. Rooms are typical old world small but clean and well kept. Don't try to plug in a curling iron as you will blow the fuses for the entire floor and it take about 30 minutes to get it back on. Best thing is the location, near to everything.

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The Rubens at the Palace.

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 7, 2003

I will stay at this hotel from 28 May till 01 June next. For more information, please wait.


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The Hip Cool Cat Hotel

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 24, 2003

I wanted to stay at the coolest hotel in London, but not a modern one. So I stayed at the Rubens and Nigel the doorman was a hoot! Kept hitting on me and making me blush: I love that in a doorman, and now come to expect it, even if I have to tip heavy for some door love.

My view was awesome. The bathroom was so much fun. Even the breakfast was O.K., for English food. However, the eggs had to be runny, otherwise you wouldn?t know you were there. The hotel is across the street from Buckingham Palace, and two blocks from Victoria Station. I don?t think I could ever afford it again, and I?m so glad I splurged then, because if I?m going to only spend 3 nights in London, I?m gonna do it up baby!

Unique Quality: Choose from a wide range of accommodation including newly refurbished king bedded rooms, a magnificently decorated Royal Wing and spacious suites. Whilst some rooms offer stunning glimpses into Buckingham Palace and its gardens, all are beautifully furnished and offer air conditioning, bureau desks and twice daily maid service.

Luxury Rooms
The hallmarks of The Ruben's spacious king and queen bedded guest rooms include:

24 hour room service
bottled mineral water
cable tv/movies on demand
choice of smoking / non smoking rooms
deluxe toiletries
express check out
evening turndown service
irons and ironing boards
individually controlled air conditioning
international direct dial telephones
jelly beans
plush bathrobes
tea and coffee making facilities
us/uk modem lines
voicemail in local language
AT&T direct access facility
Business Ready
A commitment to busy travellers with a selection of guest rooms providing all the amenities of a standard room plus these special features:

generous desk space
personal fax/printer/copier machine
internet access
laptop rentals
office supplies and stationery
mobile telephones for hire
safes (in room electronic safes)
secretarial support on request
special lighting
speaker telephones
swivel chair
Deluxe Suites
The ultimate in style, space and comfort. All the amenities of a standard and business ready room plus:

canapés delivered nightly
cd player with a selection of cds
fresh flowers
mini bar
selection of magazines and books
Royal Rooms
An exciting recent addition to the Rubens portfolio of accommodation, our Royal Wing offers eight magnificently decorated guest rooms. Each individually themed on Kings and Queens of Great Britain, they include all the facilities of our business ready rooms as well as:

100% 2 way for interactive tv / internet
cat6 cables
dvd player and a selection of dvd's
original commissioned portraits
uk / us isdn lines

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Next to the Buckingham Palace

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 2, 2002

Rubens Hotel at the Palace

More photos in travelogue (2002-Apr-18)
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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Address: Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0PS, United Kingdom

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  • Bar / Lounge
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