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The Royal Foundation of St Katharine
Ranked #7 of 843 Speciality Lodging in London
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Genova
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Oasis in town”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

Very good position (zone 2) not too far to the overground station. The room was very clean and neat, the garden was just a pleasure to laze in and what we ate for breakfast lasted untill dinner. Price affordable. We are definatly going back to RFSK asap we are in London!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this review, 4 January 2016
Dear Isabella,

We truly regret the length of time it has taken us to respond to your wonderful review. A lot has happened since your stay, with inclusions such as FREE high-speed WiFi, upgraded Breakfast buffet, redecorated bathrooms and increased retreat activities. And our bells are still calling for Service at 8am Monday to Friday, for those who wish to start the day with a few minutes of reflection.

We do hope to welcome you back to our Extraordinary Urban Oasis in 2016, and encourage you to book direct via our upgraded website, ensuring you can take advantage of our exclusive online offer.

With best wishes for a healthy 2016

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Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We had a lovely stay on a Weekend. It's very peaceful and welcoming. It was convenient for the tube station which is only a short walk away. We would definitely recommend or visit again. The car park was private and there was plenty of room. Time stands still in this little area in central London. We used this stay to go to the Anniversary of the Olympic Games at Stratford and visit our Daughter who works in that area. We enjoyed a quiet drink before going to bed but do not expect a hotel bar. We spent a little quiet time in the gardens and the Chapel. The Staff were all helpful.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this review, 4 January 2016
Dear Mark,

We truly regret the length of time it has taken us to respond to your wonderful review. A lot has happened since your stay, with inclusions such as FREE high-speed WiFi, upgraded Breakfast buffet, redecorated bathrooms and increased retreat activities. And our bells are still calling for Service at 8am Monday to Friday, for those who wish to start the day with a few minutes of reflection.

We do hope to welcome you back to our Extraordinary Urban Oasis in 2016, and encourage you to book direct via our upgraded website, ensuring you can take advantage of our exclusive online offer.

With best wishes for a healthy 2016

The TEAM
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Aberdeen
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

I stayed here for a night following a business trip to London. It was such a pleasant change from the usual hotel rooms. Simply furnished room,nice NOT to have a TV, wonderful to look into the garden, fantastic to hear the birds - and all in busy east central London. Informative and friendly person on reception and a cool beer in the garden, what more could you want? Oh yes, a quiet room and comfy bed -sorted. Recommended, a gem of a place and only a 20 min walk from Brick Lane.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this review, 4 January 2016
Dear Jillian,

We truly regret the length of time it has taken us to respond to your wonderful review. A lot has happened since your stay, with inclusions such as FREE high-speed WiFi, upgraded Breakfast buffet, redecorated bathrooms and increased retreat activities. And our bells are still calling for Service at 8am Monday to Friday, for those who wish to start the day with a few minutes of reflection.

We do hope to welcome you back to our Extraordinary Urban Oasis in 2016, and encourage you to book direct via our upgraded website, ensuring you can take advantage of our exclusive online offer.

With best wishes for a healthy 2016

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England
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

St Katherine's Foundation is the definition of value for money. We paid £90 per night for a room which was large and really well appointed. The bed was extremely comfortable and we had a great night's sleep. Outside our window was a large grassed garden area with benches all around and the sense of peace and quiet was unprecedented in this part of London. I have lived in London for 12 years and never found anywhere as tranquil and disconnected from the hubbub as this. The staff are really friendly and helpful also and the food great. I would come back here time and time again and feel I have found a real little secret in the heart of London.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this review, 4 January 2016
Dear GlobalZebra

We truly regret the length of time it has taken us to respond to your wonderful review. A lot has happened since your stay, with inclusions such as FREE high-speed WiFi, upgraded Breakfast buffet, redecorated bathrooms and increased retreat activities. And our bells are still calling for Service at 8am Monday to Friday, for those who wish to start the day with a few minutes of reflection.

We do hope to welcome you back to our Extraordinary Urban Oasis in 2016, and encourage you to book direct via our upgraded website, ensuring you can take advantage of our exclusive online offer.

With best wishes for a healthy 2016

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geelong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2013 via mobile

Lucky enough to have found this place on our recent visit to London. In the midst of a fairly gritty part of the East End, welcoming, tastefully decorated accommodations surround a lovely grassed area with enormous trees. A generous breakfast in a lovely dining room looking out through French doors to the garden. Being able to join devotions in the chapel each morning was a lovely start to the day. Very convenient to the Light Rail Limehouse Stn.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Thank storkgeelong
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this review, 4 January 2016
Dear Storkgeelong

We truly regret the length of time it has taken us to respond to your wonderful review. A lot has happened since your stay, with inclusions such as FREE high-speed WiFi, upgraded Breakfast buffet, redecorated bathrooms and increased retreat activities. And our bells are still calling for Service at 8am Monday to Friday, for those who wish to start the day with a few minutes of reflection.

We do hope to welcome you back to our Extraordinary Urban Oasis in 2016, and encourage you to book direct via our upgraded website, ensuring you can take advantage of our exclusive online offer.

With best wishes for a healthy 2016

The TEAM
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We stayed for three nights over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Tom on the front desk was extremely helpful. We got a garden view room with a king sized bed and a disabled access bathroom. The rooms are arranged cloister style around an attractive central courtyard. Overall it's a peaceful, tranquil environment.

Comfortable bed - we got a good sleep; pleasantly surprised not to be disturbed by any noise from the trains that seem to run practically overhead, nor by other guests. A fine quality continental breakfast was included in the room rate, served each morning in the refectory.

Very little for tourists to do in this part of town but the retreat is so close to the DLR that it doesn't matter - trains into the city run so frequently we never had to wait for longer than two minutes.

Excellent value for money, we will certainly be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Valentine B
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this review, 4 January 2016
Dear Valentine,

We truly regret the length of time it has taken us to respond to your wonderful review. A lot has happened since your stay, with inclusions such as FREE high-speed WiFi, upgraded Breakfast buffet, redecorated bathrooms and increased retreat activities. And our bells are still calling for Service at 8am Monday to Friday, for those who wish to start the day with a few minutes of reflection.

We do hope to welcome you back to our Extraordinary Urban Oasis in 2016, and encourage you to book direct via our upgraded website, ensuring you can take advantage of our exclusive online offer.

With best wishes for a healthy 2016

The TEAM
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HOWE
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

It is really not an ordinary hotel. It is a guest house in it's best form. Really good people working at the reception, breakfast room, maids. If you arrive early or leaving latter than your check out time they will provide you with a free luggage storage. Room was very, very, very, very small. We had to unpack and place everything in the small room closet to be able to move around. Hardly any space for the laptop, beside coffee maker placed on the small desk. By the way, internet - fast and good. AC units are available in some rooms (but they are on the outside of the buildings and street noise is present). My AC unit was a large stand up fan. Thanks god for it as it was very warm and we Americans...you know, spoiled... Regardless, it was not easy to sleep in a worm room. Room was at the garden side, quiet.
DLR station is just 3 minutes walk away, which is great as this place is outside London, but step away from it. With Oyster card £3.00 from LHR to this place!
There are several food stores nearby, one of them outside DLR on your way to the RF of SK.
The price for the room was fine considering a fantastic (I repeat, fantastic) breakfast buffet and previously mentioned size of the room, the queen bed lack of AC. In addition, I have to mention a small shower, bus really great one. I enjoyed: great shower had and the feeling I am in RV shower unit. In addition, lights in the bathroom should be less invasive (if you go there during the night, you might go blind).
Go there, you will not be disappointed if you do not mind a room at the smaller side. Just remember, in London you can get the same room size but without windows and without breakfast for more money. Using DLR and Underground transportation was a great experience. Do not think you will be far away at Limehouse location.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank HoweDZZY
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this review, 4 January 2016
Dear HoweDZZY

We truly regret the length of time it has taken us to respond to your wonderful review. A lot has happened since your stay, with inclusions such as FREE high-speed WiFi, upgraded Breakfast buffet, redecorated bathrooms and increased retreat activities. And our bells are still calling for Service at 8am Monday to Friday, for those who wish to start the day with a few minutes of reflection.

We do hope to welcome you back to our Extraordinary Urban Oasis in 2016, and encourage you to book direct via our upgraded website, ensuring you can take advantage of our exclusive online offer.

With best wishes for a healthy 2016

The TEAM
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Property: The Royal Foundation of St Katharine
Address: 2 Butcher Row, London E14 8DS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > East End / East London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 843 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Royal Foundation of St Katharine 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a charitable foundation which sits within, yet apart from, the heart of London’s East End. Just minutes from the City and Canary Wharf, our comfortable accommodation offers a secure and relaxing environment and an unparalleled sense of peaceful seclusion. We invite you to explore St Katharine’s and to discover what you may find in this hidden oasis. Simple, comfortable, and all with en-suite facilities, our recently refurbished bedrooms are available both to individuals and members of groups at St Katharine’s. For a long stay or short, take advantage of our proximity to central London, our excellent transport links, and the unrivaled calm you will find here. Our quiet garden and serene chapel are open to all our guests and provide a welcome contrast to the hustle of a day in the capital. ... more   less 
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