We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Penn Club

Show Prices
#509 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Professional photos
The Penn Club
The Penn Club
Panoramas (9)
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for The Penn Club
See the most recent reviews
Showing 134: English reviews
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 1 September 2014 via mobile

I cannot fault neither the location or the simplicity. Yes, the rooms are basic, but the accommodation was fine. The stairs are a little problematic if travelling with large cases, but London is the city of stairs, so you get used to it. The breakfast provided was exceptional. Although not a fan of American style drip stewed coffee, the blend...

 Report
Helpful?
5Thank Dennis W
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The hotel reflects the Quaker ethos, the rooms being simple, and the shared bathroom/toilet is pretty basic. The breakfast was ample and delicious, a good start to the day. In a good area for London attractions.

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank Shirley L
Soquel, California
Reviewed 24 July 2014

I recently stayed two nights in the Penn Club. It is a terrific find for the right person & situation. The location is super close to Russell Square tube, an easy walk to the theater district (assuming one likes to walk). Slight downside, but as they say, "we don't compete". Most rooms have a shared bath/shower, there are no elevators....

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank ckf722
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 20 July 2014

I love to stay in Bloomsbury when I return to London, it's a quiet and elegant neighbourhood, but close to everything you'll need and a good transport hub. The Penn Club is a great hotel in this area. It's not flash, but if you want a comfortable, calm, homey base this is the place. The staff are super helpful. The...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Melbonny
Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is the first and only review I have ever written in my 30+ years of travel. I was so excited about visiting this place, as I'd heard wonderful things about it. The pastor of my church recommended it. After all, it is a Quaker establishment and everyone knows the kindness of Quakers. To be honest, yes, the room was...

 Report
Helpful?
13Thank TravelDoggie9997
Penrith, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 July 2014

The Penn Club with its absence of muzac thoughout, comfort of its bed bedding and pillows, and central location is perhaps the ideal place to stay in London. The Edward Cadbury Room - a quiet room within a quiet club is ideal for reading and has all the major daily newspapers. There is a separate T.V. room. The windows in...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Tim S
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

I've stayed here on several occasions. I have never done the European thing of sharing a bathroom, which frankly scared me a little but after staying at the Penn it was perfectly fine. I love their breakfast, they have quite a spread and all very delicious. The quiet & calm of the place is absolutely delightful. This place was first...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank likes2travel77
Old Warden
Reviewed 12 June 2014

Only stayed two nights, but will definitely return. Ideal Bloomsbury location, right next to the gardens of lovely Russell Square. Lots of good eating places nearby. Bustle and tranquillity side by side. And how lovely to stay in a clean simple room with no television! I met such lovely, interesting and friendly people too, and got so engaged in the...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Whitestarlion
Reviewed 28 May 2014

just off the busy square near Russell Square tube, it is a bit tired and I had to trek up 8 flights of stairs but for the price it was good value. I was staying alone and felt safe and cosy. the breakfast in the morning was really good. There are tables for small groups or a long table for...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Joannaheather
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 May 2014

I have heard of the Penn Club for many years and I finally got to stay there. I have very mixed feelings. The Bloomsbury location is brilliant - round the corner from the British Museum, an easy walk to Russell Square underground and not too far to Tottenham Court Road. The place itself: not so good. It helps to manage...

 Report
Helpful?
7Thank Margaret F

173 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (9)
Viewed
Room/Suite (4)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (1)
Viewed
Other (4)

TripAdvisor Photos: Professional photos exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

Viewed
All TripAdvisor Photos (161)
Viewed
Amenities (24)
Viewed
Double Ensuite (27)
Viewed
Dining (7)
Viewed
Single Ensuite (22)
Viewed
Standard Single (Shared Bathroom) (12)
Viewed
Standard Twin (Shared Bathroom) (17)
Viewed
The Hotel (21)
Viewed
Twin Ensuite (31)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (3)
Viewed
Other (3)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these London hotels
Bloomsbury
Thanet Hotel
Thanet Hotel
#465 of 1,077 in London
317 reviews
Bloomsbury
Grange Beauchamp Hotel
Grange Beauchamp Hotel
#269 of 1,077 in London
723 reviews
Bloomsbury
Grange Clarendon Hotel
Grange Clarendon Hotel
#466 of 1,077 in London
488 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Bloomsbury
Ruskin Bed & Breakfast
Ruskin Bed & Breakfast
#570 of 1,077 in London
238 reviews
Bloomsbury
Grange Blooms Hotel
Grange Blooms Hotel
#554 of 1,077 in London
287 reviews
Bloomsbury
Grange Portland Hotel
Grange Portland Hotel
#569 of 1,077 in London
160 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Staying in Bloomsbury

Neighbourhood Profile
Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
Explore this neighbourhood

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Free Breakfast

Additional Information about The Penn Club

Address: 21-23 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Price Range: $135 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 45
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your The Penn Club reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Penn Club Hotel London
Penn Hotel London
Hotel Style:
#294 Business Hotel in London
#358 Family Hotel in London
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Penn Club staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Garden view is best”
 of 5 bubbles P8298PRtims, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a quiet room if that bothers you.”
 of 5 bubbles R0binsRule, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are basic, but garden view rooms are more quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles CecilyBoomtrinket, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“There is no elevator so if you have trouble with stairs ask for a lower floor. Rooms that look out to the garden may be quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles sarabL3129KJ, 25 Sep 2016 | Read review
“En-suite is a must”
 of 5 bubbles GodMat, 18 Aug 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay