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The Varsity Hotel & Spa

4.0 of 5 Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ, England
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a very expensive hotel compared to the same quality you can find in London or other big city for much less. The reason is probably down to the limited choice in Cambridge and the high demand as there is little to choose from when it comes to an up market hotel in Cambridge- especially around the festive season.... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Booked direct with the hotel, without internet so had to rely on staff description of rooms. Service excellent Valet parking excellent Attention to detail good to excellent. Overall very pleased with the visit, would go again. Valet parking excellent Penthouse suites worth every penny.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Well located for Cambridge City centre. However, the hotel was aspirational with little soul or substance. Not much more than a normal business hotel. After coming in from a meal at Cau ( very good) it transpired there was no bar, but a lounge with somebody from reception could come and serve a drink. The lounge was a room with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location, nice rooms, attentive staff. Slightly odd arrangement for breakfast where you have to find the dining room through the spa. Quite expensive, especially when you add in the valet parking charge. But overall we would go back as we are regular visitors to Cambridge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tremendous location in a fabulous city. Recommend the valet parking. Doorman was adorable and very helpful. Lobby very small, but staff extremely attentive and any stress is soon relieved with super service and escape to an OK lobby bar on the first floor. Room available early…which was great. Room small but clean. Room service OK. Noisy room (115 - bottle... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice hotel with modern well appointed rooms. We had a room on the 4th floor with nice views over the roof tops. The location was great and enjoyed a long run in Jesus park along the canal. We really enjoyed breakfast in the adjoining restaurant and both had the continental buffet that had very nice fresh bread. We also... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

from the moment we arrived to collecting the car four hours after checking out the experience was great.The welcome and reception staff great.Accomodation was great and spacious and the gym was very good.Strongly recommend hotel .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed with my wife whilst seeing Jimmy Carr at the Corn Exchange..room no.518 with balcony and view...lovely...staff friendly and very helpful...eat at ajoining Riverside Bar..great food and staff again...had breakfast there in the morning but had to pay for full English,only continental is free...but well worth the money....our car was ready as requested after using the valet service provided...£19.50 def... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have to admit that we don't often go for the luxury end of things but it was a special occasion and I wanted a hotel close to the centre of Cambridge. I have no regrets. I may even be biased because the hotel upgraded us to a fifth floor room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Cambridge rooftops and neighbouring... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a quiet side street, this well-appointed place welcomed me with grace under pressure. I arrived mid-morning hoping after an overnight flight and hoped that my room would be ready. It was not. But I was whisked off to the restaurant for a fine continental buffet and attentive service. My room was small but well-appointed. Great attention to detail and... More 

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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*
Number of rooms: 48
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#3 Family Hotel in Cambridge

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