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21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
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The Penn Club
Ranked #318 of 1,066 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have stayed at the Penn Club several times over the past few years. Each time I am happy with the value -- rooms are clean, staff are friendly, breakfast is good, and the location is great. I stay here every time I come to London.

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New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful find in London. We were so happy we stumbled upon the Penn Club. An oasis of calm, wonderful fellow guests to chat to. We had an ensuite bathroom on the first floor. Receptionist helped us carry our large bags to our room. Breakfast a great way to start the day, easy walk to tube station and many... More 

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newbury, berkshire
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84 reviews 84 reviews
31 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There was a feeling of calm about this place. We had a double with ensuite: it was not huge bit everything we needed was there, above all peace and quiet! The breakfast was really good, and cooked to order. All the staff with whom we came into contact were friendly and pleasant. The location is outstanding. We'll be back anon!

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Preston, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Quakers believe in living simply and here we find a good example of faith in practice. The Penn club is clean, comfortable and functional. Nothing is frivolous, but what there is is adequate and of substance. The quality of the bedroom curtains is one example, made to last and interlined with bump for thermal efficiency, the English breakfast is another...good... More 

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Troy, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

If you want a cheap room, clean and simple with an included breakfast you will enjoy the Penn Club. It is loosely associated with the Quakers. The people who stay tend to be elderly who enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Breakfast is a hardy one and a guest is easily drawn into conversation with the other travelers. Tea and coffee is... More 

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England
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105 reviews 105 reviews
34 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Be careful as the Penn club won't suit everyone. If you are a traveller or visitor of a certain age then you will enjoy your stay. Single ladies will feel secure, and the other guests are delightful. I love the friendship and conversation at breakfast particularly. For a solo traveller it is a calm and gentle place to stay. Location... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I cannot fault neither the location or the simplicity. Yes, the rooms are basic, but the accommodation was fine. The stairs are a little problematic if travelling with large cases, but London is the city of stairs, so you get used to it. The breakfast provided was exceptional. Although not a fan of American style drip stewed coffee, the blend... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The hotel reflects the Quaker ethos, the rooms being simple, and the shared bathroom/toilet is pretty basic. The breakfast was ample and delicious, a good start to the day. In a good area for London attractions.

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Soquel, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I recently stayed two nights in the Penn Club. It is a terrific find for the right person & situation. The location is super close to Russell Square tube, an easy walk to the theater district (assuming one likes to walk). Slight downside, but as they say, "we don't compete". Most rooms have a shared bath/shower, there are no elevators.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I love to stay in Bloomsbury when I return to London, it's a quiet and elegant neighbourhood, but close to everything you'll need and a good transport hub. The Penn Club is a great hotel in this area. It's not flash, but if you want a comfortable, calm, homey base this is the place. The staff are super helpful. The... More 

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Address: 21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury / Holborn
Number of rooms: 45
Also Known As:
The Penn Club Hotel London
Penn Hotel London
The Penn Club London, England
Hotel Style:
#280 Family Hotel in London
#342 Business Hotel in London

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