We stayed in a 1-bedroom apartment at the Catherine Place Apartment for a week and absolutely loved it. It's a duplex apartment with a cosy living room, comfortable toilet, and a well-stocked kitchen. We loved the 'antique' look that was carefully created with lovely old books and artefacts in the living room, counterbalanced with modern appliances and comforts including heating/air-conditioning and all the Sky Chanels one could ask for. However, the fabric sofa cushions could do with a bit of an uplift - they felt too squashed and a bit worn down.
The plush Penhaligons toiletries and hand soap/lotion in the kitchen were thoughtful touches, as was the welcome basket stocked with M&S preserves, Whittard coffee, and hot chocolate sachets. The bed on the upper level was comfortable, and the second TV in the bedroom was a bonus. Bear in mind that the bedroom itself is rather small and could barely accommodate the queen-sized bed without much walking room.
A huge plus was the daily room service that was offered, which was top-notch and very professional. The apartment also has an excellent location - a few minutes walk from Buckingham Palace, Victoria Station and the stop for the hop-on-hop off busses. Overall, a fantastic place to stay if you find hotel rooms to be poky and would like a bit more of a home away from a home experience. It was too cold for us to enjoy the terrace, but I'm sure it would be lovely in warmer weather.
The only minor downside was the extensive construction work presently taking place in one of the flats, which could get noisy in the mornings.
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- Traditional, Edwardian-era hotel, originally built as a debutante hostel for nearby Buckingham Palace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Rubens At The Palace Hotel London
- Rubens At The Palace London
- Rubens Palace