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“Excellent London Choice”
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The Penn Club
Ranked #453 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 January 2014

For a comfortable, friendly stay in Central London, The Penn Club is simply the best. Ample and delicious breakfast is included in the price.We enjoyed an en suite bedroom on the first floor -- and do note there is no lift. While the combined buildings are a bit idiosyncratic, the common rooms are welcoming: quiet library with plenty of reading material, lounge with TV, and dining room available all day for noshing (bring in your own foods, they have microwave and utensils) or working at your computer. Great place to meet other interesting travelers.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Gretchen_Friend
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

I needed somewhere to stay in London during a weekend in December. This was the cheapest accommodation that I could find that wasn't in a hostel and was in a central location. I stayed in a budget single room without an en-suite. It was perfect!

The room was spacious and very clean. The bed was comfortable. I slept really well.

I was travelling alone and felt safe in the area and in the hotel. I was a bit concerned that I could leave my luggage during the day, but it wasn't locked up. But, it was fine. Be aware if you are leaving anything really valuable you might want to pay at a left-luggage facility somewhere.

I was a bit apprehensive about sharing a bathroom, but it was absolutely fine. The bathroom was just a few doors down from my room and it was fine - perfectly serviceable and clean. There were only a few people sharing each bathroom. At this point in my stay, I was quite happy with the room and the hotel.

But, the Penn Club really shines at breakfast time. I loved that I could sit on a long table with other people who may like to chat. This was a lovely way to make friends over breakfast. If you want to sit quietly, there were lots of other smaller tables available. There was a lovely friendly and peaceful atmosphere at breakfast time. The food was also good, a traditional english breakfast cooked to order.

This will definitely be my first choice when I visit London in the future.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank Hollymoon
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

We stumbled on this great place to stay. Our en-suite double was cozy and clean. The other person in our group had a lovely single en-suite with a big bathroom. The breakfast was simple and decent. One of the delights is theCadbury Room, a quiet place to read and relax after a day of sightseeing.

The rates are reasonable and the staff pleasant. As a Quaker facility the Penn Club tries to put those values into practice.

This is not the place for people who want minibars and tvs (there is a tv room and no phones or tvs in the bedrooms). It is a great place if you want a charming, safe, centrally located place to stay in DC.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Nora H
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

In my experience this is the only place to stay when in London. It meets all reasonable requirements...its clean (spotlessly so) warm, centrally situated, well appointed (without the ghastly tackiness of corporate hotels), its affordable,and it serves a splendid breakfast ! So far so good, but the Penn Club also scores heavily on the humanity of hospitality. Walking in here you now that you are amongst friends (many of them members of the Religious Society of Friends, so literally amongst Friends). There is a wonderfully respectful atmosphere, guests are individual and varied, but all seem to share a mindfulness of the needs of others. Therefore, don't expect shrieking and braying laughter, loud music, or alcoholic revelry. Enter the Penn Club and find yourself in a world of good manners, good behaviour and gentle charm. It's wonderful and is valued by its many returning guests. As always, sincere thanks to the management committee and the staff...this is a treasured place in central London.

Room Tip: All the rooms at the back of the hotel are quiet, they overlook the garden, but the absence of TV an...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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4  Thank portliberty
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

The Penn Club is the most peaceful, charming and welcoming place in London. How can you be in the heart of London and not hear any traffic noise? Our room was spacious, clean and comfortable and overlooked a lovely garden. Breakfast was superb - beautifully presented by discreet staff and was delicious and plentiful. This hotel was a little pricey for our v. budget travel but I just had to indulge in the Quaker experience as it is my heritage. This is a squeaky floorboard type hotel that Miss Marple would feel very much at home in. Love it!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank babyteal
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

I had to attend an open day at SOAS University of London, located in Russell Square London. It was my first time travelling alone as I have recently turned eighteen. This is the place to be, for real. I have never seen such clean and white rooms and services. Breakfast is awesome, it is english or continental, but I advise you to take the english one. As I go to London many times per year I will be a member of the penn club soon.
GO THERE, DEFINETLY.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank chiaramapelli
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Just read the other reviews. It's obvious that this is a 'hotel' with a difference, and it has a quality other accommodation lacks - nurturing peace and quiet. It is very convenient for London visits and easily accessible from Heathrow (Piccadilly Line to Russell Square). I wouldn't stay anywhere else in London.

Room Tip: The back rooms are usually the quietest, though it really depends on whether you prefer a street or...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Wendy F
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Additional Information about The Penn Club

Address: 21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#294 Business Hotel in London
Price Range: £109 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
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