There is nothing definitively wrong with this hotel. You can book and stay without fear. However, best to be aware of a couple of things. It is in central Cambridge and if arriving by car be prepared for heavy traffic and lots of cyclists. There is a car park on site, limited spaces and chargeable. The room was adequate but dated in decor and facilities. It is nowhere near as plush as the website photos imply, not sure why it is four star rated. The street noise well into the small hours made it impossible to sleep properly, not the hotel's fault although improved glazing would help.
I do recommend paying the small extra charge for breakfast in the room which is brought up in a very splendid manner. They had added bacon to a breakfast ordered by vegetarians though! I couldn't get room service on the phone (20 minutes of trying) so had to take the tray downstairs in my pyjamas to get some assistance.
Overall: location is good, rooms adequate but pricey, reception possibly under-staffed.
- 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