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21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
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The Penn Club
Ranked #307 of 1,065 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I adore the Penn Club. I stayed for ten days in late September and have just made reservations to stay again in May. The location is amazing, particularly if you are visiting a student attending University in the Bloomsbury area, as I was. Several tube stations are in easy walking distance and there are plenty of nearby bus stops. I... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

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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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

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
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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66 helpful votes 66 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
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 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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68 reviews 68 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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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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#246 Family Hotel in London

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