Rubens at the Palace

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Why We Love It

  • One of its nearest neighbours is Buckingham Palace
  • Reputation for excellent service & award-winning food
  • Unique living wall with 10,000 plants
  • The Daily Telegraph says it's in "an exceptionally convenient location for anyone who wants to explore the key sights of London"

"Lovely gem of a hotel" -- Condé Nast Traveler
Enjoyed This
(11 Member Ratings)
"Great service, nice ambience, good food."
Oct 15, 2017
Birmingham, 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 neighbours is Buckingham Palace -- and it offers views over the Royal Mews.

Built in the 1800s to accommodate debutantes attending royal parties, today it 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 two 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 21-metre-high Living Wall in 2013 has inspired a range of garden-themed drinks, featuring bloom gin, elderflower and edible flowers.

There is no gym on-site, but free passes to the nearby LA Fitness are available, and Rubens also has a 'sports buddies' programme, 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 Traveller
  • "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


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Public car park (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


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 24 hours

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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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Enjoyed This
(11 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Red Carnation Hotels - The Rubens over the past 15 months.
4.8 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.3 Value for the Money
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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
Enjoyed Most
Location and quiet
Other Comments
Upgraded room was very small, but well decorated. Fixtures were a bit tatty, and things did not work such as floor heating, towel heater. Housekeeping staff was very responsive when other problems were pointed out, and those were quickly remedied.
Holly Nov 01, 2016 Port Orchard, WA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The Friendly Staff and excellent service they all provided.
Alison Oct 17, 2016 Maidstone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location and friendly helpful staff
Other Comments
It was my sister's birthday and they gave her a cake which was very thoughtful.
Dianne Aug 22, 2016 Sherfield on Loddon, United Kingdom

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