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“Limited facilities but good value for the centre of Cambridge” 4 of 5 stars
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Regent Hotel
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Ranked #5 of 34 Hotels in Cambridge
Durham
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Limited facilities but good value for the centre of Cambridge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

This was a late booking on a business trip. Other hotels in the Centre of Cambridge were looking for twice the money that I paid for Bed and Breakfast here.

The hotel are very open about the fact that parking is very limited near the hotel, so didn't try and just headed for the nearby St Anne's multi storey. I didn't have a lot of luggage, but if you are weighed down or have mobility issues, you should perhaps consider an alternate location as it is very diificult to pull up outside the hotel.

Hotel does have limited facilities, no evening meals served and only a continental breakfast. This isn't a criticism, I was aware of that when I booked and was happy with the arrangements but it may not suit everyone.

There are plenty of places to eat nearby, and the hotel is fantastically well located for exploring the centre of Cambridge. Staff were very friendly and helpful and my room was modern comfortable and clean. I was overlooking the main road but the glazing kept the traffic noise to a minimum. If you prefer and open window to an aircon unit then you should ask to be at the back of the hotel.

Breakfast was a basic continental, but I was happy enough with what was served and the breafast room has a pleasant view over Parker's Piece, on open space who's claim to fame is its where the rules of football were formed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

This hotel is pretty dated on the inside. We paid GBP149 for one of the executive 3rd floor rooms. The room was clean and basic. Breakfast was 'continental only' and very bad. Cold croissants etc, bad coffee, cheap bread. we gave up and went to Starbucks which is a 5 min walk away. We wouldn't stay here again

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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17 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

We stayed two nights at the end of May for the annual Cambridge beer-festival.

On arrival we didn't get the best first impression as the outside was littered with rubbish but when we came back later that night the rubbish had been cleared, presumably by the staff.

The room was small but clean and we had everything we needed and the location was very central. We couldn't open the window due to the secondary double-glazing but at least the aircon worked fine.

We'd stay again.

Room Tip: The front rooms are facing the road and hence little noisy.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sandefjord, Norway
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23 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Good hotel with great location. It’s just a few steps away from everything in Cambridge

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

Spent a night here on a business trip. Central location with lovely rear aspect to Parker's Piece. Rooms immaculate and tastefully decorated throughout. Bathroom was larger than average. I had a room at the front and enjoyed the benefit of lots of natural light as both bedroom and bathroom had large windows. Air-conditioning was very effective. Can request breakfast to be delivered to room which was a nice touch.Free parking is available in Regent Terrace behind the hotel between 6.30pm - 8.30am, but beware of traffic wardens. I arrived at 6.25pm and a warden insisted that I go away and return in 5mins.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, Delaware
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012 via mobile

I've stayed at The Regent a few times on business and leisure trips to Cambridge and I generally avoid it for one simple reason: there is nowhere to park your car. You can't even stop outside the front of the hotel to drop your bags as it causes an obstruction on busy Regent Street. During the day (8:30am to 6:30pm) your only recourse is to park in the Queen Anne Terrace car park, about 300 yards away across Parker's Piece, and lug your bags over. At night, if you're lucky, you can park in the narrow lane behind the hotel on the yellow line and enter through the "tradesmen's" entrance.

The hotel itself is clean and the staff are friendly, but I find the rooms and ensuite bathrooms small and cramped. There is a tiny bar with an equally tiny selection of drinks and no restaurant. Breakfast is "continental", which is hotel-speak for "we don't have a proper kitchen in which to make you a proper breakfast" as it's nothing like any breakfast I've had in continental Europe, but you can't really mark The Regent down for this as many hotels practice this particular exaggeration.

Like many small British hotels, The Regent suffers from the safety requirement to have fire doors placed every few feet in corridors that weren't built for them, making progress to your room with heavy bags from the tiny lift quite challenging.

Overall an adequate hotel, but certainly not car-friendly.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vught
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

We stayed here for the weekend and thought that the good reviews and clever photograhy would make this a nice place-how wrong we were.
The "Hotel" is sandwiched between a busy main road at the front and Parkers piece at the back with a path running along the back of the "Hotel"- forget it if you want a good nights sleep. Its cental location is indeed ideal-but the thundering traffic and passers by make this a very noisey place. The "Hotel" walls are very thin and you can hear everything that your neighbours are doing- and i mean everything!!!!!
The rooms are indeed very clean and tidy but forget it if you are over 5 feet tall as the beds are( even the double beds) are not full size beds. We complained that the bed was too small ( we are average European sized people) and were informed that this was the standard English double bed size. We could however PAY for the suite and there the bed was bigger-OH, so the standard English beds are smaller then.........We did PAY for the larger bed and the room was adequate.
The free "continental" breakfast was a bit of fruit with boxes of cereal ,croissants, tea ,coffee and condiments......Thats your lot!!!! No cooked English Breakfast was available-which we knew ,so we expected a good continenetal one...........Even a B+B does a cooked Breakfast.
All in all a VERY disappointing EXPENSIVE weekend ( 270 pounds sterling) - we could have stayed at a proper 4 star hotel a few streets away fot 5 pounds more!!!!!!!
This is a good B+B and nothing more. Behind the reception is a plasticated Tripadvisor 4 star rated piece of paper..........hung proudly for all to see.........Beware.
We will,not use this "Hotel" again.

Room Tip: It does not matter if youu sleep at the front or back,top floor or bottom floor-you will not escape...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 41 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This fine listed building is situated in the heart of Cambridge. As a privately owned hotel we take pride in offering a personal, efficient and competitive service at all times. The Regent Hotel is completely non-smoking and all of the 22 bedrooms are fully air conditioned for your comfort and convenience. ... more   less 
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