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Nov 18th, 2004, 05:54 PM
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Nov 29th, 2004, 01:10 PM
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Just returned yesterday from Rubens at the Palace. It is perfect for your requirements - cool bar, very friendly, nicely/tasefully decorated, convenient location etc. We experienced absolutely no street noise, but our room faced one of the side streets - I don't know whether noise is a problem on the Buckingham Palace Road side, so you might want to ask for a higher room. Never mind the comments about the Victoria area - It doesn't get any classier than Buckingham Palace (about a block away)!

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Nov 29th, 2004, 01:15 PM
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"It doesn't get any classier than Buckingham Palace"

You're talking rubbish, The Queen, when in residence has a chauffeur, and supposed round the clock security, she could live in Brixton for all it matters. For the tourist, Mayfair offers far more local amenities, but have it your way, you've never lived in London yet you seem to know more than others who have lived here all their lives.
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Nov 29th, 2004, 01:21 PM
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Both the Chesterfield and Mayfair are very pleasant and well located for such things as Fortnum & Mason, the Royal Gallery, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Bond Street, Green Park, the St. James area, and so on. The Chesterfield was once the headquarters of the English-Speaking Union, to which we belonged at one time, and the conversion from rooms for members to a regular hotel was done very well.
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Nov 30th, 2004, 09:44 AM
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Mu husband and I have visited London six times and always stay in the Mayfair section. It is a beautiful area, very centrally located to all the atttractions. You can walk to many sites and the Green Park tube station has three lines through it, so you can very often get to other attractions w/o changing lines.
Our last two visits have been one week stays at the Chesterfield. Lovely hotel, very accomodating staff. I am planning our third visit to the Chesterfield for next Spring. I always request a superior double on the back facing the courtyard of the English speaking union - very quiet.
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Nov 30th, 2004, 02:44 PM
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I think I have narrowed my choice down to either the Chesterfield or the Marriott Grosvenor Square. (That will depend on how many Marriott points we still have.) Just from reading the posts here and reading about some of the restaurants I want to go to, it seems like the location in Mayfair will suit our needs better than the location of the Rubens.

I really appreciate all the help I have received with this question from everyone who has posted.

Thanks a lot!!

Just a quick question for Bette, is it recommended to get a room facing the back for a quieter room? Is there much noise from the front? I know there were some tripadvisor people saying that the Chesterfield has weddings out on a patio. I am assuming that is only on weekends??? Is the patio in the back?

I will call the hotel to get more details.

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Nov 30th, 2004, 02:53 PM
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Chesterfield is in Hill street isn't it? or is it Charles St.? I always forget, eitherway, it's a stone's throw from the fabulous Curzon St. - stay there, the position can't be beaten.
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Nov 30th, 2004, 04:21 PM
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Correct. The Chesterfield is on Charles Street.
The patio of the English Speaking Union is on the left of the hotel if you are facing it.

At night, there is very little traffic on Charles Street, so I don't think being on the street side would be an issue.

I read the same comment on Tripadvisor. It must be a popular wedding site, because there was a wedding the weekend we were there and the wedding party stayed at the Chesterfield. Never heard any noise though. Our room was on the other side.
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Nov 30th, 2004, 08:29 PM
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I have booked the Rubens as part of a package in conjunction with airfare on American Airlines. The prices were much better than I found on orbitz.com or travelocity.com.

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Dec 1st, 2004, 10:13 AM
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Charles Street is very quiet at night. When we had a room on the front, we slept with the window opened and didn't hear any traffic until 6:30-7:00a.m. The courtyeard facing room is just my preference as it makes the room really quiet and the courtyard is very attractive with many lovely flowers. Either way, I wouldn't worry too much about. There was a wedding one evening when we where there (actually next door to the hotel). Management left a note under our door explaining the upcoming party that evening and that the music would stop at midnight - and it did - right on the dot!
This really is a lovely hotel in a great location - book it!
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Dec 1st, 2004, 10:43 AM
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For excellent photos (and other info) on 2 of the hotels:

http://www.londonby.com/chesterfield/pages/gallery.htm

http://www.londonby.com/rubens/pages/gallery.htm
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