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The Varsity Hotel & Spa

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ, England
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Ranked #1 of 34 hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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3 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong
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51 hotel reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are only a handful of hotels worth staying in so the lack of competition allows for higher prices. Also we visited this weekend where there were a lot of graduations taking place and I assume hotel occupancy is high. It is located in a quiet, north side of town. The hotel is modern with efficient staff. Breakfast is reasonable... More

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Hong Kong, China
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have recently stayed in the Varsity hotel with my family. I really enjoyed it. The staff were happy and delightful so it gave of a positive effect. The staff were very co-operative. During the stay there were only a few bumps in the road. First of all when I had breakfast, the cheese knife was misplaced and put in... More

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5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I honestly can not fault this hotel. The staff were beyond friendly and eager to help us with anything that we needed. Rooms are beautiful and roof top bar is a true gem,especially when the sun is shining. Great location, beautiful spa and reasonably priced valet service. Thank you to all the staff for making our weekend away such a... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stayed here last week for two nights whilst visiting Cambridge on business.The Varsity not only provides a fine service,but the location is perfect.Ideal and convenient for all the restaurants nearby and for a gentle stroll along the river to unwind. I had a beer and burger on the roof terrace which was delicious and thought the prices were more... More

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Hong Kong, China
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is actually the first time I have voted below 4 for a hotel on Tripadvisor. I am from Cambridge (though live in Hong Kong) and was married there on the 4th July this year. I know The Varsity from the great rooftop bar there. The moment that spoilt the whole experience was actually the check in after the wedding,... More

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Provo, Utah
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Over many years, we have stayed in several hotels in Cambridge, but this is our favorite. Great location, excellent facilities, extremely helpful staff, very good breakfasts. There is a rooftop dining + hang out facility which gives an excellent view over the whole city. The only downside: the rooftop hangout is a major hot spot for the locals and because... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having read the reviews on Trip Advisor about the price and standard of the Varsity we were not sure what to expect. We booked to visit the Tour De France in Cambridge but also have a nice relaxing break for two. The thing about the Varsity is that you need to understand what it is. This is a hotel smack... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here one night as were dining in nearby midsummer house. Loved the hotel, arrived in time for the free walking tour which was v interesting. Had a drink on the roof terrace which had great views and nice atmosphere in afternoon. Staff throughout hotel were excellent having read some of the other reviews i was worried we might not... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the fourth hotel I have stayed in in Cambridge and my view is certainly that it is the best one so far. It is expensive; we viewed having a night there as a bit of a treat but felt it was worth the money. Our room on the second floor was really big, with a superking bed and... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would definitely recommend, roof top bar was amazing, a little pricey but to be expected!! Staff we're really helpful!!! Rooms we're very up to date and clean! We ate the restaurant next door too, would highly recommend!!

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Address: Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Varsity Hotel & Spa 4*
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The Varsity Hotel & Spa is located on the edge of the picturesque River Cam in the heart of Cambridge and just yards from St John's, Trinity and Magdalene College. The remaining Colleges are only a leisurely walk away and can be viewed from the hotel. Ideally situated for punting, shopping, sight-seeing and nightlife, The Varsity hotel guests are truly immersed in the culture and charm of Cambridge life from the moment they arrive. Valet parking available from 7 am to 10 pm ... more   less 
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