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The Rubens at the Palace
Ranked #82 of 1,069 Hotels in London
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

What a wonderful hotel! From the moment we arrived and our dog was greeted by his name without us even telling anyone there what it was at the time, to the day we checked out, the staff could not have been more welcoming. Everyone made an effort to be of help. The breakfast was superb, with plenty of choice, and the eggs were cooked to order. Even the breakfast chairs were really comfortable. The bed was the most comfortable we have ever slept in away from home, and the bedding of just the right warmth. The best thing was that our dog was treated like royalty, the hotel provided a wonderful bed for him, bowls, snacks, toys, a stay certificate, a special menu for dogs, a bedcloth and signs to hang on the door with his name on telling others not to disturb him. There are plenty of parks to walk dogs withing 5 minutes walk. It was nice and quiet at night and yet the hotel was quite busy. We will definately be returning whenever we can.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank 195Louise
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Postives:
- Great location
- Rooms are a good standard (if a little small)
- Decent breakfast

Negatives
- Occassional muddled service
- Some areas are beginning to look a little aged
- V.expensive bar (even for central London)

Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Eightyeight88
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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This was our second visit to the Rubens. The hotel is lovely in every way. Our room was very comfortable, the breakfast excellent, and the bar meal in the evening was just what we needed. We particularly find the staff so nice. They are all very friendly and extremely efficient as well. Everything is thought of in the room, including a welcome note, and the newspaper is there to read in bed in the morning. The location is so good, and we very much enjoyed visiting the Queen's Gallery, just across the road. We hope to be able to return. Thanks to everybody for looking after us so well.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Helen E
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I stayed here for two nights recently on a business trip. The location is good for transport links, and it has a certain charm. I suspect its quite good WFM for London, but I dont stay there enough to say for certain. It was fine, my only grips are (a) decor is a little cheezy/1970s - pink floral wall-paper, somewhat faded. The whole place need a revamp really. (b) breakfast buffet was rather miserly. One thimbleful of OJ (why do UK hotels assume we all drink children's potions?) and some toast. It was like breakfast at a boarding school. My double room was Ok, but rather small. (again I think this is a London thing).

Room Tip: The main road is busy - I would ask for a room not facing the main road if you are a light sleeper.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Paul B
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MalcolmHendry, General Manager at The Rubens at the Palace, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your review of The Rubens at the Palace on Tripadvisor. I am most grateful for your feedback, which is such a valuable source of information for me, regardless of whether it is good or bad, and helps me monitor the service we provide.

I was sorry to read that you disliked the decor of your room and that you felt the hotel would benefit from some refurbishment works. As a slightly older building, we do have a wide cross section of shapes, sizes and styles of accommodation, with all our rooms individually designed in various colour schemes. When next you make a reservation, please feel free to make the request to avoid rooms with a particular colour scheme known to my Reservations Department, who will be only too pleased to meet with your requests.

With regards your comment on our breakfast, it is disappointing to read that this fell short of your expectations, especially as we receive so many positive comments from our guests regarding the variety of choice offered on our breakfast buffet. From Continental breakfast options, such as cheeses, yoghurts, fruit, cereals and pastries, to the full cooked breakfast, my Executive Chef ensures everything is freshly prepared and of the highest quality. Thank you also for your suggestion of providing larger orange juice glasses. As standard we offer a glass of juice when taking the order for hot drinks. There is a further supply of freshly squeezed orange juice on the buffet, alongside a variety of other juices we provide. I have now reiterated to my restaurant team the importance of pointing this out when explaining the buffet to our guests.

I am very sorry that your experience was not as positive as that of others on this site and would ask you to please accept my sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely,

Malcolm Hendry
General Manager
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Hørsholm, Frederiksborg, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

4th time here and I have never been dissapointed. Good size room, nicely decorated, friendly and helpfull staff and a splendid breakfast. What more do you want?!

I can only recommend this for your next stay in London

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Mari-louise M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Had the opportunity to return to the hotel twice within recent months - once on holidays and once on the tail end of a business trip! Love the hotel! The location allows for you to walk absolutely everywhere. Malcom's team is outstanding. Would go back in a heart beat although, we probably saw every sight possible to see in London! LOL! Including Michael Caine, Gordon Ramsay, and Prince Phillip!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank ccmcd
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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Situated a stones throw from Buckingham Palace this hotel offers a wonderful afternoon tea, with or without champagne. Door staff and waitresses are excellent, courteous and attentive.
Plenty to eat in the form of sandwiches, cakes, scones etc, with a waitress coming around with seconds if you wish. Unlimited high quality tea of various kinds served in china teapots (no teabags !). Decor very nice with very comfortable chairs. Highly recommened as great value for money

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank DAVIDSMITH48
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Property: The Rubens at the Palace
Address: 39 Buckingham Palace Road | Victoria, London SW1W 0PS, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Westminster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#26 Family Hotel in London
#34 Green Hotel in London
#64 Romantic Hotel in London
#74 Luxury Hotel in London
#106 Business Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Rubens at the Palace 4*
Number of rooms: 173
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional, Edwardian-era hotel, originally built as a debutante hostel for nearby Buckingham Palace. ... more   less 
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