$271 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 24, 2014 Check-out: Oct 25, 2014

The Rubens At The Palace Hotel London

4 stars
39 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PS
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
40 reviews
Rubens at the Palace

Excellent hotel, with outstanding service. Would defiantly return to the hotel. Great location. See full review

  • Pogats
  • May 24, 2014
Very good, but expensive

A great location, and generally excellent service as well. The price, however, was high, even with... See full review

  • Robertson
  • Dec 2, 2013
Regal residence in the heart of London

Located directly across from Buckingham Palace, The Rubens at the Palace offers guest a regal experience in London. Guests can watch palace guardsmen from the windows, or take a walk around London. Guests can explore Sloane Street, Oxford Street and King's Road for the ultimate shopping experience. Culture can be found at some of the most famous museums including the Natural History Museum.

3 Reasons To Stay:
  • Prime location across from Buckingham Palace

  • Located near some of London's famous museums

  • Hotel's South African-themed Bbar voted one of the top three bars in the world by British Airways High Life Magazine

The Rubens at the Palace Rooms

Rooms are majestic at The Rubens at the Palace with regal reds, royal blues, and patterned fabrics. Beautiful drapes hang over balconies with views of Buckingham Palace, and 24-hour room service adds to the overall theme of the hotel. Classic rooms have single, double, queen, or king beds – each draped in crisp white sheets for guests' comfort. These rooms are equipped with cable television and on-demand movies, air conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities. All rooms have complimentary Internet access. There is also a selection of bath products and bathrobes. Suites at The Rubens at the Palace have additional facilities including a living area, king-size bed, entertainment unit and mini-bar.

Things To Do:
  • Buckingham Palace (0.3 mi/0.6 km)

  • Buckingham Palace Gardens (0.3 mi/0.6 km)

  • Westminster Chapel (0.3 mi/0.6 km)

  • The Guards Museum (0.8 mi/1.2 km)

  • Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms (0.9 mi/1.5 km)

  • Her Majesty's Theatre (1 mi/1.6 km)

  • The Natural History Museum (1.6 mi/2.5 km)

  • Victoria and Albert Museum (1.6 mi/2.5 km)

Hotel Map

51.4983 -0.1438
Area served
London.
Nearby airports
Heathrow International Airport. Gatwick International Airport. London City Airport
Area description
Directly opposite The Royal Mews and Buckingham Palace. The Rubens is within close proximity of St. James's Park, The Mall, Green Park and Piccadilly and within easy reach of Theatreland. Victoria train and coach station is just a few minutes away.

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The Rubens At The Palace Hotel London Rooms

Royal Room
Make the most of the regal location this property enjoys and check into one of eight Royal Rooms. These majestic rooms are all situated in an exclusively private wing of the property and capture the imagination with opulent designs inspired from great British monarchs of the past. Stretching from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Victoria, these are the ideal rooms to envelop yourself in the grandeur and sumptuousness of their reigns. Each room is as unique and opulent as the era that inspired it.
Executive Suites
Amongst the Executive suites in our regal surrounds are the famed African Queen, Henry VII, and Queen Suites. Rich fabrics and fine furniture combine to create three unforgettably escapist moods. All three suites feature their own sofa sitting area allowing guests to relax. This is luxury on a royal scale.
Junior Suites
A hotel suite makes you feel special. It is not just the space but the thoughtful extras " marble bathroom, luxurious assortment of toiletries, evening turndown, soft bathrobes, and secure in-room safe " that make our Junior Suites so memorable. These magnificently decorated studio-style suites include a splendid king-size bed, a spacious seating area, and a comprehensive entertainment unit.
Master Suite
A master suite offers luxury on a lavish scale: a bedroom featuring a magnificent four-poster bed, plus a separate lounge with dining table, chairs, and an eye-catching animal-print sofa among the soft furnishings. There's even a Jacuzzi in the bathroom. There are antiques, paintings, books, and as much discreet technology as you could wish for. This is the ideal Central London hideaway.
Single Room
A classic room for single occupancy featuring a classic single bed (1 US Twin Bed) with stylish furnishings and all the modern conveniences you may need. All rooms offer individually controlled air-conditioning, voicemail, 24-hour room service and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.
Double Room
A luxurious room with all the latest facilities to make your stay both enjoyable and comfortable. These rooms feature a queen size bed or for a twin room two classic single beds. All rooms offer 24 hour room service as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
King Room
A luxurious room with all the latest facilities, as well as a spacious desk working area with swivel chair and complimentary business stationary and equipment. All rooms are spacious in size and feature a king size bed. All rooms offer individually controlled air-conditioning, voicemail, 24-hour room service and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.

Amenities

  • WiFi
General
Concierge
Pet friendly
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Royal Mews: 0.1 mi
  • Victoria Palace Theatre: 0.1 mi
  • Victoria station: 0.1 mi
  • Cardinal Place : 0.2 mi
  • Buckingham Palace: 0.2 mi
  • Queen`s Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Lambeth Palace: 0.2 mi
  • St. Ann's Shopping Centre : 0.3 mi
  • Victoria Place Shopping Centre : 0.3 mi
  • Guards Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Westminster: 0.4 mi
  • Green Park: 0.4 mi
  • Wellington Arch: 0.4 mi
  • Cutty Sark: 0.4 mi
  • Crime Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Royal Mews: 0.1 mi
  • Victoria Palace Theatre: 0.1 mi
  • Victoria station: 0.1 mi
  • Cardinal Place : 0.2 mi
  • Buckingham Palace: 0.2 mi
  • Queen`s Gallery: 0.2 mi
  • Lambeth Palace: 0.2 mi
  • St. Ann's Shopping Centre : 0.3 mi
  • Victoria Place Shopping Centre : 0.3 mi
  • Guards Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Westminster: 0.4 mi
  • Green Park: 0.4 mi
  • Wellington Arch: 0.4 mi
  • Cutty Sark: 0.4 mi
  • Crime Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Hyde Park Corner: 0.5 mi
  • St. James's Park: 0.6 mi
  • St James's Park: 0.6 mi
  • Piccadilly: 0.6 mi
  • Houses of Parliament: 0.7 mi
  • Cadogan Hall: 0.7 mi
  • Westminster Dragoons Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Sloane Square: 0.7 mi
  • Cabinet War Rooms and Churchill Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Westminster Abbey Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Royal Academy of Arts: 0.7 mi
  • Jewel Tower: 0.7 mi
  • National Army Museum: 0.8 mi
  • Royal Arcade : 0.8 mi
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts: 0.8 mi
  • Palace of Westminster: 0.8 mi
  • Saatchi Gallery: 0.8 mi
  • River Thames: 0.8 mi
  • Park Lane: 0.8 mi
  • Knightsbridge: 0.8 mi
  • Pimlico: 0.9 mi
  • Big Ben: 0.9 mi
  • Harrods: 0.9 mi
  • Admiralty Arch: 0.9 mi
  • Tate Britain: 0.9 mi
  • London School of Economics: 0.9 mi
  • Port of London: 0.9 mi
  • Regent Street: 0.9 mi
  • Trafalgar Square: 0.9 mi
  • Nelson's Column: 0.9 mi

Dining

The Library Restaurant
bbar & Restaurant, facing the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, is a South African themed venue also run by the family-owned Red Carnation Hotel Collection. It is just on your left as you exit reception at The Rubens. Sporting vintage photographs of big game, faux giraffe skin fabrics, ethnic carvings, leopard spotted lampshades and polished zebrano wood table tops it's a funky mix of safari chic and colonial cool. The menu is international, but with a strong South African accent lent by dishes like Springbok fillet, Grilled Boerewors Sausages and Bobotie Spring Rolls.The two bars serve an impressive 110 wines (over 50 by the glass) from an eclectic list of old and new world producers including Bouchard Finalyson, a vineyard in South Africa, also belonging to The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Passionate mixologists prepare over 60 cocktails, from the classics to the more exotic, while the warm and relaxed service creates an invitingly intimate atmosphere.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (40)

Ratings and reviews for The Rubens At The Palace Hotel London

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
40 out of 40
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.5
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.5
Value:
4

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
tyndmar
Business
Atlanta, GA, USA
May 8, 2013

Central London doesn't get any closer

From our arrival at the Rubens (Sunday noon-ish) through departure (Saturday morning), we were continually impressed by the staff's courtesy and professionalism. Following check-in we were greeted by name, and conversation with ANYONE on staff was comfortable, pleasant and informative. We "upgraded" to a room facing the street (actually overlooking the Royal Mews), and were slightly disappointed that this did NOT provide a view of the changing of the Guard at the Palace (as was advertised), and the room was cramped (at least by American standards), but overall the ambiance and the staff more than compensated from these small annoyances. Street noise was never an issue (at least on the second floor). For the most part, we partook of the full breakfast buffet, and were quite satisfied with the quality and quantity of the food and the service. Dinner at the Carvery was uninspired, but that probably had more to do with American over-seasoning than a fault of the kitchen. The full afternoon tea was a real delight (opt for the champagne option if you can). Bar service was impeccable, but if you enjoy an American-style Long Island tea, be prepared for something somewhat different (not worse, just different). For a change of pace, the BBar restaurant next door is also quite good, with the benefit of charging your meals/drinks to your Rubens' account. The central Westminster location is within walking distance of most major attractions, even for those of us who are not accustomed to healthy exercise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Shmay
Business
St. Louis, MO
Mar 25, 2013

I was treated like royalty!

The staff at this hotel could not have been any better! They immediately memorized my name and greeted me every time. The Conceirge went out of their way to help with everything. Hotel is 2 blocks from Buckingham Palace in 1 direction and Victoria Undrground station2 blocks the other way. All London sites are very easy to get to from this hotel. Food in restaurant was very good, too!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ParadiseLoverNY
Business
Albany, NY
Oct 1, 2012

Convenient location, excellent staff, very small standard room wit full size bed

The hotel's location is right next to the Buckingham Palace and about five minutes walk from the Victoria underground and train station. Hotel's staff is excellent . There is a complimentary internet but it does not always work well in a room. The standard room with a double bed was very small without a dresser. So we had to live out of a suitcase for a week. There is a place to hang cloth up on hangers only. The breakfast was good but pricey, we got a special package that included our breakfast. The hotel has an old charm with a military motif and nice restaurants.There a couple of nice restaurants right across the street towards the underground . We really enjoyed Noodle-Noodle and an Buckingham Indian Bakti. It is also close to St. James and Green park, about 15 min walk to The Westminster Abby . The bus stop is near hotel for sightseeing or take it to see Harrods, Royal Albert Hall or Trafalgar square which is less expensive than train and takes about 15-20 min to get there. There are two bottles of water and a tea pot with a selection of flavors in a room also.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There a couple of nice restaurants right across the street towards the underground . We really enjoyed Noodle-Noodle and a Buckingham Indian Bakti.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JoBri
Business
Dallas, Texas
May 31, 2012

Great spot for couples get a way.

Staff was amazing, very helpful and friendly. Room was a little crowded with all the furniture but very lovely and updated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Super Cindy
Business
Seattle, Washington
May 24, 2012

Delightful Old World Charm

Old world charm, liveried staff and great location. The rooms were older but very clean. We had a great time. A short walk to Palace, mews and Victoria Station.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Princess DB
Business
California
Jan 3, 2012

Great New Years Vacation

The Rubens Hotel is awesome... this was our 2nd trip to London and both times stayed at the Rubens... the staff goes out of their way to know you by name and make you feel welcome every minute you are there. It is a beautiful hotel, the prices are fair and the service and surroundings are perfect. I will stay there every time I travel to London.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
dolmi
Business
Burlington, ON, Canada
Nov 5, 2011

pleasant experience

enjoyed this hotel very much, excellent British service, staff couldn't do enough to make your stay pleasant. Excellent breakfast. Good central location and It was a treat to be able to open the window at night. Free in room internet. Great value and we highly recommend staying here. This will be our preferred hotel for future visits.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

usually head to Oxford St for shopping. Excellent pubs in the area as well. inexpensive cab ride.

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Review of The Rubens At The Palace Hotel London

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
billh
Business
United States
Sep 29, 2011

Great value and very friendly

The staff were excellent, extremely helpful and friendly. The room was small compared to many good hotel rooms in the States, but for London, very spacey. Excellent shower and bath. All in all, a great value and experience, we will definitely use the Rubens again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
M. Lynn
Business
Sunset Beach, NC
Sep 26, 2011

Location, Location, Location

The Rubens At The Palace is a beautiful old hotel situated across the street from Buckingham Palace, the Mews and the Queen's Gallery. It is within walking distance to Westminister Abbey, Parliment, Big Ben, St. James Park, restaurants, two theaters and Victoria Station. We even walked back from the "Eye". The staff is quite accomodating and friendly. Loved the doorman!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Wonderful little Italian restaurant (run by Italians) on Buckingham Palace Road one and one half blocks heading toward Victoria Station. Turn left when you exit the Rubens. It is on the same side of the street.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
keyman
Business
San Diego, Ca
Jul 13, 2011

Fantastic Hotel Stay

We had a great stay. The staff were all super helpful. The room was clean and comfortable and you can't beat the location. This was our 2nd stay and we will stay there again. My 3 year old left her favorite doll in the dining room and when we got back back from sight seeing the staff had already figured it out whose it was and left it in our room. My daughter was thrilled. Also the breakfast was fantastic and again great service. Big Thanks

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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