The Rubens at the Palace Review

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39 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PS, England
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Editor’s Review of The Rubens at the Palace

Rubens at the Palace is a stately 161-room, 4-star luxury hotel with the elegance of a bygone age, but with most of the modern perks you'd expect in a hotel today. The hotel is located just down the street from Buckingham Palace and across from the Royal Mews, home of the Queen's horses and carriages. You can see the horses most mornings, around 9 a.m., when they leave the grounds for their walk about. (Confirm the time with a Rubens' staff member).

Rubens at the Palace, originally called the Hotel Rubens, was founded in 1912 and immediately became popular with the socialite set as a place to stay when attending Buckingham Palace functions. That is, until General Sikorski's Free State Polish Army commandered the hotel during
... more the Second World War and used it as his headquarters, as well as a place to host General Charles De Gaulle, exiled leader of the Free French army.

From 1953 forward, the property was run as a hotel again by three different owners. Red Carnation Hotels purchased The Rubens in 1997 and substantially renovated it, elevating the hotel from a three-star property to a four-star luxury hotel. More recent renovations included a 2010 fourth-floor rooms refurbishment. Rooms on the other floors were renovated between 2006 and 2009. In addition, the public areas -- Old Masters Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, and Leopard Bar -- have all been refurbished over the past few years. less
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  • Close proximity to attractions and transportation
  • Advice from Director of Fun and Adventure
  • Beautifully decorated rooms with comfortable amenities
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  • Bicycling
  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Service
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An Exceptional Stay
Reviewed on 04/28/2011
Upon arriving on London and being whisked away to Rubens at The Palace, our dreams had come true. We were greeted by a doorman dressed in traditional English garb. The staff was quite attentive and as our flight arrived earlier ...
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There are 143 deluxe guestrooms, eight royal rooms and 10 suites, all beautifully decorated in rich colors and fabrics, and quite different from one another in decor. Best part: the beds and pillows are super comfortable, especially after a long day of touring.

Each room comes with complimentary bottled mineral waters (request sparkling or still), evening turndown service, plush bathrobes and slippers, a safe, tea and coffee maker, a good hair dryer, free Wi-Fi access, and a high-tech entertainment system with an interactive TV that offers a huge selection of on-demand movies and music. A DVD player and Wii with games can be placed in your room (complimentary).

Fitting a family in one room is trickier in London than in many U.S. hotels though, where average room sizes are often larger. Consequently, families with two or more children, or older children, will need interconnecting or adjoining rooms. Thankfully, Rubens can often confirm these in advance. Categories available for connecting rooms include: Superior King rooms that average 188 square feet, Superior Twin rooms that average 129 square feet and Classic Double rooms, which have queen beds and are 129 square feet on average.

Executive
Families of five, or those wanting slightly more space, can book an Executive King Room (194 square feet), which has a sofabed, and a Superior King or Twin Room (mentioned above). Be sure to always ask if the rooms adjoin or connect. During our stay, we had two rooms at the end of a hall that had a third exterior door that could be locked, allowing us to keep the interior doors open.

Master Suite
There is one Master Suite called The King's Suite. This luxury suite has a four-poster bed, a separate lounge with a dining table, an animal-print sofa and a Jacuzzi in one of the two bathrooms. The Master Suite portion is about 560 square feet. Maximum occupancy is four people (possibly five if traveling with a baby). In addition, there is an Executive King room that interconnects with the Master Suite's sitting room, so it is ideal for families travelling with grandparents. An extra bed can also be added to the connecting room.

Family Suite
The Family Suites features a king bed and a spacious sitting area with a day bed that can easily be used as a children's bed. There is also a sleeper sofa in the sitting area that another child could utilize.

Fold down cribs for babies are complimentary. If children are 12 years or older, there is an extra charge per day, which includes a rollaway if needed and full breakfast. A few mini-fridges are available by request. In-room microwaves are not available.

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