We stayed a Saturday night in Cambridge to go to birthday dinner. in a college The dinner was black tie and on unpacking I found I'd forgottenthe actual tie. The hotel reception provided one in minutes. It's true the public spaces are not the best part of the hotel, but they are well kept, the staff are efficient and polite, the Spa next door is lovely, the Riverside Restaurant where you take breakfast is very well done, directly overlooking the river, and the artworks throughout the hotel are a nice touch. But what you really come here for are the rooms. We paid £260 for ours, yes, a lot, for a special evening, but it did not disappoint: floor to ceiling glass walls looking out aross Cambridge on two sides, a modern four-poster bed, a massive flat-screen TV and enertainment system, a very large seperate bathroom with a walk-in granite gloored shower. Fluffy robes, Aveda toilettries, 24-hour room service. It's a rare treat to find a hotel in the UK that understands what the much-misappropriated term "boutique" really means in terms of design, quality and character. We left feeling like we'd had a holiday, not a one-night stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. 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. Recharge in the wonderful Elemis spa before soaking up the beautiful skyline with drinks on the hotel's roof terrace,afternoon tea or dinner in the Six Panoramic Bar & Restaurant. Alternatively, guests can indulge in a hearty meal in the River Bar Steakhouse & Grill. Valet parking available from 7 am to 10 pm for hotel's guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Varsity Hotel Cambridge
- The Varsity Hotel And Spa