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The Rubens at the Palace, Westminster, London
The Rubens at The Palace seeks to celebrate the best of Great Britain, with royalty-themed rooms, British culinary favourites and warm, traditional hospitality to match.
Rooms available from £288.80 per night
The hotel's in a convenient location if you're here for some sightseeing - Buckingham Palace is across the road. In recent years, Victoria has had quite a facelift, so head to Cardinal Place for some of the action.
Located opposite the Royal Mews on busy Buckingham Palace Road, a short walk from Victoria station
By car: over 4 hours from Manchester, and less than 3 hours from Birmingham. Paid parking available nearby.
By train: Victoria station is a 2-minute walk away. Book trains to London.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, the décor is traditional and classic - think heavy drapes, silks and brocades in dark tones of burgundy, navy blue and gold. The marble-floored lobby with glistening crystal chandeliers and oil paintings of the Royal family is striking. In the restaurant, Murano chandeliers hang above brown leather banquettes and still lifes adorn the walls. You'll also find artworks depicting famous 18th century battles and silks portraying traditional British military ceremonies in the bar.
Expect traditional British hospitality at The Rubens - from red-uniformed doormen greeting guests at the entrance, to reception staff seeking to offer visitors an authentic British experience. Nothing is too much - staff are always eager to help with a smile on their faces. Facilities are sadly very limited. There's no on-site gym, but guests can work out at City Athletic in Victoria.
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms come in a variety of tones, from deep red to navy blue and golden and all are named after members of the Royal Family. You'll find carpeted floors, silky curtains in deep hues and mock period furniture. The bathrooms have rather standard fittings.
Room types: Single, Cosy Double, Double, Superior, Royal, Executive, Junior Suite, Family Suite, Executive Suite, Master Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, free bottled water, flatscreen TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
Afternoon tea in the Palace Lounge is often popular, but as the sun sets, the action moves to the New York Bar. The Curry Room serves Indian dishes in a cosy basement setting and the English Grill is the hotel's fine dining restaurant. We liked the Orkney king scallops, served with English chorizo and an applewood hollandaise.
The English Grill: fine dining, 2 AA-Rosette restaurant. Open daily for breakfast and dinner.
The Curry Room: Indian cuisine, open Thu-Mon for dinner. 3-course menu from £75.