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21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
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The Penn Club
Ranked #372 of 1,055 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This is the first and only review I have ever written in my 30+ years of travel. I was so excited about visiting this place, as I'd heard wonderful things about it. The pastor of my church recommended it. After all, it is a Quaker establishment and everyone knows the kindness of Quakers. To be honest, yes, the room was... More

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Penn Club with its absence of muzac thoughout, comfort of its bed bedding and pillows, and central location is perhaps the ideal place to stay in London. The Edward Cadbury Room - a quiet room within a quiet club is ideal for reading and has all the major daily newspapers. There is a separate T.V. room. The windows in... More

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Los Angeles, California
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14 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I've stayed here on several occasions. I have never done the European thing of sharing a bathroom, which frankly scared me a little but after staying at the Penn it was perfectly fine. I love their breakfast, they have quite a spread and all very delicious. The quiet & calm of the place is absolutely delightful. This place was first... More

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Old Warden
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104 reviews 104 reviews
21 hotel reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Only stayed two nights, but will definitely return. Ideal Bloomsbury location, right next to the gardens of lovely Russell Square. Lots of good eating places nearby. Bustle and tranquillity side by side. And how lovely to stay in a clean simple room with no television! I met such lovely, interesting and friendly people too, and got so engaged in the... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

just off the busy square near Russell Square tube, it is a bit tired and I had to trek up 8 flights of stairs but for the price it was good value. I was staying alone and felt safe and cosy. the breakfast in the morning was really good. There are tables for small groups or a long table for... More

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Additional Information about The Penn Club

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

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