Rubens at the Palace

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Why We Love It

  • One of its nearest neighbors is Buckingham Palace
  • Reputation for excellent staff & award-winning food
  • Unique living wall with 10,000 plants
  • Charming, historic property

"Lovely gem of a hotel" -- Condé Nast Traveler
Enjoyed This
(10 Member Ratings)
"Position was great"
May 20, 2018
PeterboroughPeterborough, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Victoria station, which connects to above-ground train connections to London Gatwick (the trip should take 40 minutes). Alternatively, take the Piccadilly Line from London Heathrow to South Kensington and transfer to the Circle or District Line for Victoria (the trip will take an hour).

Rooms & Rates

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The 4-star Rubens at the Palace boasts a unique location -- one of its nearest neighbors is Buckingham Palace -- and offers views over the Royal Mews.

Built in the 1800s to accommodate debutantes attending royal parties, the property is walking distance to the Royal Parks, Victoria Station and Westminster -- and has garnered quite the reputation for its delightful staff and living wall, home to 10,000 plants.

Commonly for a historical property, some of the rooms are on the smaller side, but all are quiet and charming. The décor is traditional -- cozy beds, elegant drapes, antiques and original art (including portraits of Henry VIII).

Families are well cared for, with interconnecting rooms, pull-out sofa beds in the more spacious Executive King Rooms, treats at turndown and even a 'Director of Fun'. Pets are also welcome (charges apply).

The Library Restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for its modern British fare, notably its Inverawe Scottish and Burren Irish Smoked Salmon (carved at the table), Gressingham duck breast with tarragon-stuffed mushrooms and the lauded honeycomb ice cream.

After dinner, retire to the Cavalry Bar for a cocktail. The addition of the hotel’s 69-foot-high Living Wall in 2013 has inspired a range of garden-themed drinks, featuring Bloom gin, elderflower and edible flowers.

There is no on-site gym, but free passes to the nearby LA Fitness are available, and Rubens also has a sports buddies program, where staff team up with guests to enjoy any number of sports.

From the press:
  • "Lovely gem of a hotel … Staff treat you like a VIP from the moment you step into the lobby" -- Condé Nast Traveler
  • "It’s the sort of hotel that must reassure visitors that Britain can still do things well when it puts its mind to it" -- The Daily Mail



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Butler service
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Public car park (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children up to 11 years old stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cot/crib and extra bed available on request for children under 12: £30 per night, in Executive Kings and Junior Suites only. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout. Children aged 12 and over are considered adults.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request. Charges will apply.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(10 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Red Carnation Hotels - The Rubens over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.6 Location
3.6 Rooms
4.3 Quality of Service
4.0 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Bathroom is dated
Kenneth Oct 15, 2018 Horley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Position was great
Other Comments
Very comfortable bed once I was moved into a king size room. Rooms small and dark, only enough shampoo, shower gel for one. No biscuits with the tea/coffee making facilities.
maria May 20, 2018 PeterboroughPeterborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Was not my first choice but will be next time.
mary Mar 02, 2018 Torrington, CT, USA
Enjoyed Most
Staff were excellent
clare Feb 13, 2018 Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
All the staff very helpful and freindly
Other Comments
We enjoyed our stay very much the hotel is in a good location and the staff are brilliant I would rate the room itself as a three star though room was cold when we arrived decor looks tired and the ensuite was a small bath with shower but all very tired condition in need of a rip out Also the ensuite was very cold as no heat source at and the towel rail also not heated large sash window without secondary glazing meant trips to the bathroom were not pleasant
Tracy Dec 11, 2017 WICKHAM, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Beautiful Hotel and Staff
Graeme Oct 26, 2017 Plymouth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great service, nice ambience, good food.
Other Comments
Without the upgrade, I would have been very disappointed, as the first room was very small, very dark and overlooked the generators. The upgraded room however was much lighter and with a view over the mews. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well.
Carol Oct 15, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom

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