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Classical period style in one of London’s busiest transport hubs
Although first constructed in 1911, most of the Rubens’ interior is decorated with Victorian furnishings. The decor seems to elicit mixed reactions from guests: Some feel it’s worn and outdated, while others are delighted by its period charm and beautiful oil canvases.
Almost as if in response, a chic champagne bar was opened, sporting safari-print cushions and oak paneling.
Limited room amenities (unless you’re staying in a suite) paired with pricey rates may put you off, but the location -- just adjacent to Buckingham Palace and a stone’s throw from one of London’s major transport hubs -- is difficult to beat.
10 minutes’ walk from Victoria station, within walking distance of Buckingham Palace
As one of the city’s main transportation hubs, the area surrounding Victoria station consists mostly of tourists and businessmen in transit. Because the hotel is practically adjacent to Buckingham Palace, there are plenty of dining spots nearby.
Traditionally Victorian, with limited amenities
Rooms are individually decorated in traditional Victorian style; some of the newly renovated rooms have updated furnishings while still retaining a classical period feel, while others are desperately in need of a refreshing.
Few on-site amenities beyond the lounge and dining options
A casual carvery, and an intimate, highly acclaimed restaurant
Set in the style of a traditional carvery with high ornate ceilings and chandeliers, The Old Masters has many succulent roasts on offer daily, and is well known for its Aberdeen Angus beef selected from the finest Scottish herds.
Richly embroidered fabrics and large comfortable armchairs complement the intimate atmosphere of the 2 AA Rosette Library Restaurant, where you can enjoy acclaimed English and international cuisine accompanied by the finest of wines. Free tastings of the Bouchard Finlayson collection of wines from South Africa are also offered.
At 161 guest rooms, the Rubens is behemoth-sized compared to its Red Carnation sister hotels. Dressed in traditional period furnishings with beautiful oil canvases throughout, this hotel oscillates between being overly reminiscent of a bygone era and reflecting a classic-period charm. Most rooms have been renovated and feature a more updated version of period charm; others simply feel dowdy and dated. Pricey room rates and limited room amenities may or may not outweigh the great location near Buckingham Palace.