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“Not your average hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Penn Club

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The Penn Club
Ranked #544 of 1,086 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
76 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Not your average hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

Clean but spartan rooms, bed comfortable enough, good breakfast but no air conditioning on some pretty hot days. I would stay here again in the spring, winter or fall but not the summer.

One nice touch is that they leave some tables clear in the dining room for guests to eat their own food - can save having to eat out for every meal.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

A new find for us. We travel often and seek simple accommodation at reasonable prices when we know we are going for a weekend of sight seeing, so out most of the time. We found the Penn Club a very pleasant place to stay. The room seemed to have been redecorated recently and was very clean, simple and basic but everything we needed. The breakfast was good and served by very kind and friendly staff. As the Club says in its literature its aims to promote feeling of 'community' rather than a business. This came across very much through the staff and overall atmosphere of the place. Without reservation we would recommend and return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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67 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

This Quaker hotel is more akin to a private club than an hotel - it smacks of a quiet charm and caters for people who want to stay in a peaceful hotel well away from the normal bustle of London. Well situated though and nice and clean throughout.
Very good rates too.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank TC_Tucker14
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Basel, Switzerland
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

If you need a TV don't go there, if you want a quiet place close to the action with lots of old-fashioned charm, decent sized rooms and a very decent home-cooked breakfast - do. The Penn Club is not your average hotel, it is actually more like a bed-and-breakfast for the Quaker community, but welcomes everybody. You need to have a nostalgic streak to really appreciate it, since the furniture is not the newest, but surely very well kept. And it comes with a no talking reading room with deep arm-chairs. It is very convenient for the West End. The British Museum is around the corner, and almost all the West End is within walking distance. I have stayed there on several occasions during the last seven years, and I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank WayanH
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

I was traveling on my own to London, and I needed someplace clean, safe, and affordable. The Penn Club was perfect--it was extremely comfortable and quiet. It's right near the British Museum and very close to the Russell Square tube station.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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3 Thank Dicencal
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Edmonton, Alberta
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

I was in London on business and needed an affordable, clean & safe place to lay my head at night in the Russel sq. area. The Penn Club fits the bill in all areas. It's centrally located, close to shops and restaurants and the "tube" and the wonderful British Museum, which I visited in my off hours. I highly recommend this as a place to stay. Good included breakfast too and free wifi.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

This Quaker B&B is a clean, simple, no frills place to stay very near the British Museum. The full breakfast is included and is very good. I like the spaciousness, with large rooms in the elegant building, a reading room and a television lounge. The beds are very comfortable, and there is a range of room to suit all budgets..

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about The Penn Club

Property: The Penn Club
Address: 21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#294 Business Hotel in London
#358 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 45
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