Service on reception was friendly and they gave me a free upgrade to a room overlooking Parkers Piece with a very comfortable mattress and nice bedding. That is where the good points end. The room was large but shabby. It didn't look like it had been updated for at least 25 years. The net curtains were shorter than the windows including in the shabby odd bathroom (room 217). Everyone would be able to see you having a wee! Shower was not very powerful either. There was hardly any plugs in the room and there was a whole heap of extension cable under the bed. You had to plug the kettle in to this extension cable to boil water! I did not dine in the hotel as it looked fairly shabby everywhere else in the hotel too. For £200 I thought it was terrible value for money and would not recommend it to anyone. It was a true British hotel experience you would have expeted to get 30 years ago! This is what gives our tourism industry a bad name.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of medieval Cambridge, set back from the hustle and bustle of the town and bathed in green lawn lies this rather special historic hotel. It’s an education in quirky British charm and is famous for its hospitality, not to mention its guests over the years from the Beatles to the Krays. Luxurious rooms full with character await, spiral staircases and of course all of Cambridge’s attractions right on your marble doorstep. Take a punt on University Arms and you won’t be disappointed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De Vere University Arms