We recently ventured across to Rubens at The Palace, enjoying a decadent stay and dinner.
An ornate hotel full of Royal-themed features which are temptingly timeless, Rubens at The Palace is very close to London Victoria. Stepping into reception, we were met with a warm welcome and shown to our beautiful room.
Showcasing a stunning chandelier, luxe wallpaper and neutral plush notes, the air conditioning also meant an optimum room temperature. Finding drinks vouchers there too, we already had a plan for later.
Shown around the hotel, this four-star luxury destination boasts different drinking and dining areas, including The Leopard Bar (I’m still fantasising about recreating the amazing carpet and general animal print décor at home), New York Bar, Palace Lounge, Curry Room, English Grill and Bbar & Restaurant.
Off out for a little exploring, we headed into the city and enjoyed our hotel’s ideal location. Situated centrally, you can potter over to The Palace or travel further afield via the excellent transport links. When returning, we put our feet up for a little while, before getting ready for an evening at Rubens. I did notice guests savouring afternoon tea in the Palace Lounge, which looked incredible.
We kicked off proceedings with a cocktail in The New York Bar; a chic hub of rich colours and a happening vibe. Gorgeous live music from resident singer Sourya added to the ambience, and it was a joy to just kick back and relax in style. It’s also worth noting at this point, that service is impeccable throughout the hotel and the Rubens team are all so accommodating.
Onto food, and we stepped next door from The New York Bar into The English Grill, a regal restaurant with more amazing chandeliers (a fabulous feature throughout the hotel) and other equally grand elements. Plus, a glass wall separates you from the kitchen, so you’re able to look at meals being prepared.
The hotel team were made aware that I had certain food intolerances, and during my entire stay I was given options and the best alternative choices. To start, I tucked into Baked Orkney Scallops, English Chorizo and Smoked Applewood Cheddar while my Mr devoured Black Pudding, Scotch Egg, Wild Mushroom & Truffle Ketchup. Both dishes absolute taste sensations, my tummy is rumbling as I write.
For our mains, I enjoyed 28 Day New York Strip Loin and Mr B tucked into the most delicious looking (and tasting, by all accounts) Earl of Stonham British Wagyu Fillet. Very happily full from these incredibly mouth-watering plates, we managed to make a little room for some yummy sorbet dessert.
All washed down with a recommended and most enjoyable Pinot Noir, the evening was one to be savoured. Especially as upon our return to the room, Assistant Front House Manager Paula had arranged for strawberries and rose petals to be waiting for us. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.
After an excellent night’s sleep on feather-down pillows which we had been able to request on a guest form prior to our stay, breakfast summoned. Back to The English Grill, this luxury dining room held pastries, fresh fruit, smoothies, artisan meats, superfoods, cereal, granola and other options. Alongside these more-ish breakfast picks, we enjoyed cooked plates too. Chris sampled a Full English, while I finished off Rice Milk Pancakes with Berries and Syrup.
Leaving Rubens at The Palace completely content thanks to delicious food and drink, plus pure comfort and four-star luxury, we would absolutely love to return soon, and I wholeheartedly recommend you make the trip too.
Nightly rates at The Rubens at The Palace are available from £249 per night on a room only basis. www.rubenshotel.com / +44 (0)20 7834 6600.