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The Royal Foundation of St Katharine
Ranked #5 of 895 Speciality Lodging in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 October 2013

As a lone female business traveller in London I am always apprehensive about security and chose this as my choice for a recent trip due to excellent reviews on here.

Firstly the location is just a couple of minutes direct walk from a busy DLR station and signposted well. I would suggest grabbing a bite to eat en route or a sandwich before getting to the area (although there is a costcutter and sainsburys local about 1 minute walk away on a main road) as evening meals are not served here as a rule.

St Katharine's is a wonderful calm oasis in the midst of Limehouse with professional attentive staff. This is a Christian retreat and used by groups as a conference centre but if you are not that way inclined don't worry at all.

What I adored about RFSK was the secured central gardens and spacious communal lounge with huge comfy sofas. This was a lovely change from other hotels where the only place you can work or read in peace is your room. Ask the reception staff if you fancy a tipple or two and they will bring it to you in the lounge. A wonderful feeling of peacefulness, safety and space is present here I did not feel compelled to stay in my room - a first in many years of travel in the capital

There are no tv's which was what initially attracted me to RFSK but there is super quick wireless internet all around if you feel the need for contact with the outside world.

I stayed in a single room which did overlook the main road and I was initially concerned about road traffic noise which is present I think those used to living on a main road would not be bothered by it but as I live in a quiet close it was noticeable. £2 from reception bought me a pack of 3 sets of excellent quality earplugs (bargain!) and I slept like a baby.

The room was immaculately clean & comfortable with a single bed, good sized desk & wardrobe, the bed was very comfy with crisp white sheets.

The bathroom was generous in size and modern, again it was spotlessly clean with a powerful shower cubicle.

Breakfast was served in the dining room overlooking the gardens with buffet style juices, toast, boiled eggs, ham, cheeses, croissants, yogurts, fruit and delicious real coffee (decaf available too) it was extremely filling and again a pleasant change from the dried up Luke warm offerings presented in some hotel buffets.

Check in and out was seamless with attentive friendly staff.

Would I stay again? In a flash - I have found my little London niche now and at £68 including breakfast pleasant on the pocket too.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
1  Thank Nikki H
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2016

Dear Nikki,

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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Reviewed 28 September 2013

Having read earlier reviews I found that they gave an accurate description of this charming guest house. I occupied a single room that, unfortunately, overlooked the main road, Butchers Row, which is obviously busy 24/7. At first I thought that the triple glazing would do the trick as during daylight hours I didn't notice too much traffic noise. However once the density of traffic eased in the late evening, vehicles were travelling faster and that was creating greater noise. The room also has an air conditioning unit which sprang into life occasionally during the night despite being switched off!

The continental breakfast was good and the overall service by the staff was excellent. My advice is book early and secure a garden room.

Room Tip: You must secure a garden room particularly if traffic noise is an issue for you!
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2016

Dear Urbanorienteer

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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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We held a small conference at the Foundation in September. This location was ideal for some peace and quiet, conducive to a productive conference for our charity and we also came away from London feeling refreshed and invigorated instead of usually being worn out by a trip to the capital. Such a convenient location, close to the Docklands Light Railway, (and therefore London City Airport) and it also has a car park. We took advantage of the garden to sit out after our first day, enjoying a drink from the alcohol supplies kept in a fridge by reception. Overall, the Foundation was such a welcome change from some of the impersonal places you get in the capital and we will happily return there. The prices are also extremely reasonable for London.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Thank ThunderRoad123
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2016

Dear ThunderRoad123

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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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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Thank IsabellaQuerci
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this reviewResponded 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

The TEAM

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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.

Room Tip: I expect they are all good ...we stayed looking in to the Garden... car park was private and excelle...
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank mark_pearce3
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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.

Room Tip: this was a single room
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Jillian E
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ChristianKaberg, Director of Operations at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, responded to this reviewResponded 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

The TEAM

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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 reviewResponded 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

The TEAM

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Additional Information about 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 895 Speciality Lodging in London
Price Range: £77 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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. We have recently opened St Katharine's Precinct adjacent to our main site. This includes the only Yurt Cafe in London serving freshly prepared breakfast, Lunch and craft coffee 9am - 5pm daily. ... more   less 
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