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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

I am writing this as I enjoy the beautiful view from my room. We are staying in the 'senior fellows superking' room. Our room consists of a four poster bed, raindrop shower and ceiling to floor window (which is the width of the room) displaying a picturesque view of Cambridge.

The staff are wonderful and cannot do enough for you. We were offered to be shown the view from the rooftop which we shall take up. It has been a very relaxing stay and my husband and I hope to return again.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Book their Sunday Special accommodation package so the hotel was good value for money. The reception staff were very helpful. Our room although quite small was spotlessly clean and tastefully decorated. The wi-fi was easy to connect and reception were happy to bring fresh milk to the room.

We used the valet parking service which at £18 took the hassle out of finding somewhere to park.

Only disappointing aspect of our stay was our room must have been adjacent the some form of machinery which clicked on and off during the night which did disturb our sleep, we stayed in room 419 so perhaps avoid this room if you want a good nights sleep.

Would happily stay again if we could get a good nights sleep.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

In the main this is pretty much an excellent hotel. Our room was well appointed and the bed was extremely comfy. The gym and restaurant are located just around the corner on a side street, breakfast was lovely. The only downside for us was the lack of a proper bar area. Instead there is a ''lobby'' which is small and can become crowded very quickly. I appreciate there is a roof top bar again around the corner however this wasn't open during our stay. I should highlight the hard working staff who cover all areas of the property, a real credit to the hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

..though in many ways it feels churlish not to rate this as a 5-star experience. The hotel is lovely, the rooms are stunning, the staff friendly and helpful, the location superb. But it is expensive, and there are some downsides. I stayed 2 nights, and for the first was in a room which overlooked the back of the spa and restaurant. The airconditioning units for these buildings were right outside the window and were on all night, making the room noisy if the window was open; and rather stuffy if it was shut (the aircon in the room itself was also rather noisy, and I did not want it on all night). I expect some noise from surrounding streets in a city-centre hotel (actually, none to speak of) but find constant machine noise harder to tolerate. The staff responded cheerfully to my fussiness, and I was upgraded and moved to a quieter room for the second night. I also found the beds rather hard- but this is a personal preference. As others have noted, there seems to be a problem with wi-fi and TV/radio signals (many of the listed TV channels unobtainable with weak/no signal). Would I recommend this hotel? yes, but I would check which way the room faced.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is a really lovely place to stay in central Cambridge if you are willing to spend a bit extra. We stayed here the night of our wedding and were incredibly well looked after. The rooms are large, spacious, and clean, with floor to ceiling windows offering an incredible view of the city and far around. Make sure to go to the rooftop bar as well if the weather allows.

The highlight was the four poster bed - blissfully comfortable! The food is excellent too, although their 'gluten-free' breakfast wasn't very impressive - just the normal breakfast minus sausages and bread.

Overall a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Pay extra for the suites - worth it.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Susannah W
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Stayed over night with a group of 4 girlfriends and had the most amazing time. Rooms are luxurious and super comfy and the food and cocktails at the restaurant were to die for. Right in the centre of Cambridge for shopping and then you can chill out with an elemis treatment in the spa afterwards - pure heaven. Thanks for making us so welcome :)

Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Jennleighruss
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Having stayed in quite a few hotels in Cambridge, this one is amongst the very best. The location is good, although parking is a problem. The restaurant is also good by Cambridge standards, and the service was fine, if not exceptional.

By far the best thing was our room - 613, Trinity, the penthouse suite. At the usual rack rate it is outrageously expensive, but they had a much reduced rate during our recent visit and so we thought we'd treat ourselves. There is a genuine 'wow' when you walk in the room and see the great expanse of floor to ceiling glass. The views are stunning across to St John's and King's. The room was also very well equipped and exceedingly comfortable, and it's huge; even more so if the weather allows the use of the long balcony.

The restaurant is a short walk and has a small menu focussing on steak and fish, but the setting is superb and our table overlooked the Cam which made for a memorable evening. Breakfast was also good.

The only downside was the parking arrangements. The surrounding streets are narrow and double yellow lines are everywhere, which makes the wait for the valet parkers a little unnerving as Cambridge is fall of parking attendants. We asked for our car to be ready for a set time the following morning and reminded them again in the morning, but despite this the car arrived 20 minutes late, and after others had received theirs despite asking after us. Cambridge traffic is awful, but this was outside of rush hour and the staff were not particularly attentive to this issue, which left a disappointing leaving impression.

I'd stay again for the Trinity suite, but otherwise the Doubletree is better value and in a slightly better location, with much easier parking.

Room Tip: As high as you can, and preferably the Trinity penthouse suite.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Varsity Hotel & Spa

Address: Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Family Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range: $187 - $505 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Varsity Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 44
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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