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Review of The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
London
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67 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

Hotel is close to the river, shops and restaurants. The reception area is small and our room wasn't that big either but had a nice view over the town. like dthe fact you could open the window too. We stayed one night only to visit the arts theatre which was only a short walk away. Water, tea and real coffee in the room. Good sized TV on the wall. Comfortable standard double. Restaurant is outside and turn left so we breakfasted in our room which was fine. Didn't use the spa. All in all we had a relaxing pleasant stay. This is a good modern basic hotel which is in a really convenient location.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

We visited Cambridge for the weekend and luckily had the weather on our side.
Following a glorious walk along the banks of the Cam, we noticed a small sign for The Varsity, which advertised it's rooftop terrace bar - clearly it was the weather for a rooftop terrace!
Aftger struggling to find the entrance for 5 or so minutes, we made our way in and were immediatley greeted by a very helpful chap who pointed us in the right direction and even called the lift for us.
Arriving at the roof - what can I say - simply stunning 360 degree views!
We ordered two sandwiches and a bottle of wine, which is where I feel the experience was slightly let down, as the prices are very steep (£50).
That said, everything else about the venue was fantastic - great service / staff - beautiful views and excellent, if a bit pricey food.
Would we return? Absolutely!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

I've now stayed at the Varsity four or five times, and each time I've been impressed. The service is outstanding (at every level), the rooms are gorgeous (elegantly furnished, stunning views, boasting brand new TV and IT equipment), and having a gym/spa and an excellent restaurant is just a massive bonus. The food at the restaurant (Riverside Steak Bar) has always been top-notch; their rib-eye steaks are some of the best I've eaten in this country; the wine list is diverse, interesting, carefully put together; and they make delicious cocktails. Here, too, the service greatly adds to the whole experience: the maitre d' accommodated various special requests and the waiters are quick/friendly/give good advice. There's always a young crowd and a good buzz. The Varsity Hotel has made my stay in Cambridge so much better each time.

Room Tip: I highly recommend the Masters Penthouse suites. Absolutely worth every pence.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

We recently arrived in Cambridge to be told by the Doubletree that they couldn't honour our long standing booking. We have stayed regularly at the Varsity so I went in person to see if they could help. They were fully booked but the 3 members of staff in Reception jumped into action and phoned around hotels until they found a room. Fantastic service. We have booked the Varsity for our daughter's graduation next year and will also stay for visits before then. Excellent hotel

  • Stayed October 2013
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Leeds, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

A unique hotel right in the centre of Cambridge with beautiful views from the rooftop terrace, and the stylish decor throughout makes it elegant and a charming place to stay. The top quality facilities including the gym and spa were brilliant and added to the overall experience. The staff couldn't me be more helpful and made our stay relaxed and enjoyable. Definitely recommend a visit!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Just returned from a great weekend in Cambridge staying at the Varsity.
The location, style and rooms are definitely worth the higher cost, there is a need for a bit of updating and maintenance here and there but overall very nice. However, the reception is very disappointing. The area is too small for the hotel size and when we arrived, we were not made to feel very welcome and not shown to our rooms - it all felt a bit rushed and inadequate.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

What a lovely hotel. Amazing location in central Cambridge.

Great staff who couldn't be more helpful, great food in the steakhouse especially the salmon, my fiancee couldn't stop saying how nice it was and great rooftop bar. The summer G n T was lovely.

Simply stunning thanks. Shame we couldnt get a room but we will be back!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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