Rubens at the Palace

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • One of its nearest neighbours is Buckingham Palace
  • Reputation for excellent service and 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"

Enjoyed This
"We had a room that looked onto ac units, this was all we could see even though we were told it was an up graded room."
18 Jan, 2020 - Heathfield, UK
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The 5-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).

With two restaurants, a separate lounge, two bars, including the intimate Leopard Champagne Bar, and 24-hour room service, The Rubens gives diners plenty of choice for every occasion – from cocktails, to light snacks, to a Royal Afternoon Tea and fine dining.

The English Grill restaurant offers a contemporary brasserie menu while The Palace Lounge is perfect for drinks, snacks, or afternoon tea overlooking the Royal Mews.



  • 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)


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 Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

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
(24 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Red Carnation Hotels - The Rubens over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.5 Location
3.7 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
4.0 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
We had a room that looked onto ac units, this was all we could see even though we were told it was an up graded room.
Jan 18 Jan, 2020 Heathfield, UK
Enjoyed Most
very pleasant stay, staff very welcoming very helpful spotless clean definatly recommend it
jennifer 09 Dec, 2019 Middlesbrough, UK
Enjoyed Most
Excellent experience, needed to move rooms to get a bath, excellent breakfast and good old fashioned friendly service.
Zena 31 Oct, 2019 Norwich, UK
Enjoyed Most
The bed was very comfy and the shower was good.
Other Comments
We were not offered a room upgrade. The room also was decorated very differently to the pictures of the rooms online as well. It was definitely not worth nearly £400. No information in the rooms about the hotel/how to use the TV etc.
Joe 24 Jul, 2019 Romsey, UK
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast and service were amazing. The room was beautiful.
Alicia 27 Apr, 2019 Hobart, IN, USA
Other Comments
Welcome cocktail most embarrassing. When we asked it became a public debate between 3 staff including Bar Manager. We became centre of attention and considered walking out.
David 26 Mar, 2019 Ormskirk, UK
Other Comments
The staff wasn’t very friendly. The rooms were so small. No upgrade in room availability but I heard someone else get offered one.
Robert 17 Mar, 2019 Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
Staff was polite.
Other Comments
Initial room given to us was very different from the advertised pictures and was highly disappointing. There was only one small window with camouflage net to cover the huge HVAC vent just outside. Interior was all red and tacky (like a themed motel). We had to ask for a different room which was better but certainly not an "upgrade".
Meiya 05 Mar, 2019 Riverside, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The location is great for Victoria station. The staff were very attentive and the whole experience was fantastic. I would definitely recommend.
Simon 24 Feb, 2019 PortsmouthPortsmouth, UK
Enjoyed Most
Beautiful setting and location
Other Comments
Room slightly dated and could do with little upgrade
Julie 24 Feb, 2019 Ludlow, UK

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