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TRAVEL: A Royal Connection


In a world where expectations are not often met, you can prepare yourself to be pleasantly surprised at this London hotel

When you think of London, what is one of the first things that pop into your head? Probably the Royal Family … and then Buckingham Palace. If you’ve ever been to London, you’ll know that the palace is surrounded by lush parks where you can spend hours ‘escaping’ from the city and enjoy how the British can soak up the sun.

And when you see that the hotel where you are going to spend a few wonderful nights are not only in Buckingham Palace Street but right opposite the entrance to the Royal Mews and the Queen’s Gallery, you get not just a little bit excited.

The Rubens at the Palace Hotel is part of the Red Carnation Group, which has a presence in South Africa as well. They own the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, the Oyster Box, and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat – so you can expect impeccable service and attention to detail at this fine four-star establishment.

And the comfort and splendour are fitting for its location in the Royal setting. The hotel is a short walk away from many of London’s parks, museums and theatres, making it the perfect base for exploring this amazing city.

You can enjoy a luxurious overnight stay, pre-theatre fine dining in the English Grill, Royal Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge, or cocktails in the Cavalry Bar. With afternoon tea, guest are seated in front of windows overlooking the Royal Mews – so who knows – you might just be lucky and get a glimpse of royalty while having your tea.

But it’s the small touches that impress − like being served something hot after your arrival, or the homemade biscuits offered with turndown service. We even received a travel kit upon our departure with lotions, toothbrushes and snacks for our journey back home. The concierge will also have a taxi ready and waiting for you before you even have to ask for one. It’s as if the staff aspire to make you say ‘wow’ at every opportunity.

Even your taste buds will enjoy your stay at The Rubens. At their recently launched Indian restaurant, the Curry Room, an inspired three-course menu is offered. The menu celebrates authentic flavours made with the finest ingredients and exclusively imported spices from India.

Mohan and his team will take you on a gourmet journey and you can expect service and tales to keep you entertained all night long. The food dished are paired with a great selection of wines to complement them.

And to work off the wonderful Indian food Mohan will serve you, there are loads of opportunities to keep fit and looking good. Guests enjoy full access to the H2 Victoria gym facility and even join some of their classes. Otherwise you can go for a jog in nearby St James Park. There’s even have a sports buddies programme, which means you’re never left without a tennis partner, golf companion or cycling buddy.

The hotel is a natural fit for business travellers. They offer competitive business rates for repeat stays in London and are happy to negotiate the best solution for your business needs.

Whether you need space for a small focus group or for a meeting, seminar or large event, they can tailor our numerous function suites to match your request with style and efficiency, with fully equipped business services you can rely on.

The elegant function rooms can accommodate up to 160 people in total comfort and the dedicated team will make sure your event or meeting runs with meticulous attention to detail.

For more information visit www.rubenshotel.com