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

100% (10 Member Ratings)

"Location and quiet"
01. Nov 2016
Port Orchard, WA, United States


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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

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

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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100% Positive
(10 Member reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Red Carnation Hotels - The Rubens over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.1 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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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 01. Nov 2016 Port Orchard, WA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The Friendly Staff and excellent service they all provided.
Alison 17. Oct 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 22. Aug 2016 Sherfield on Loddon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were lovely, really helpful. room was very clean and good choice at breakfast.
Helen 11. Aug 2016 Farnham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
lovely friendly staff and excellent food good location
FIona 01. Jun 2016 Leics, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The whole thing really, we arrived early and as it was my better halfs special birthday we got an upgrade, but not any upgrade, we was given a room in the Royal suite. We was made to feel really special
Other Comments
From walking into the foyer to when we left, the whole time we was there nothing was too much trouble, the staff throughout the hotel were very friendly.
Christopher 02. May 2016 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The size of the room
Annabelle 04. Mar 2016 Evesham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The upgrade to the Sandringham Suite. Beautiful big room with a huge bed and a nice view of the Mews. The decor of the hotel was immaculate - hardly a scuff mark anywhere.
Other Comments
The most wonderfully cheerful and helpful staff we've ever encountered. The ambience of the Library Restaurant and the quality of the food were excellent. The only downside was the drinks prices which were painfully high.
Raymond 02. Feb 2016 HURSTPIERPOINT, United Kingdom

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