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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Bath, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Modern hotel in great location with friendly service”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

My wife and I stayed here for one night whilst visiting our daughter. The location was perfect; the room was modern and clean, and the staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast had a great variety and was high quality.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 12, 2014

My husband booked this hotel for my birthday weekend and was certainly not disappointed. The service is amongst the best we have experienced in any hotel with nothing too much trouble and great attention to detail. The location is about as central as you can get and still drive to the door and the views from the balcony and roof terrace are beautiful (we just need to go back in summer to get full advantage!). The staff were all friendly and accomodating, we remarked that we had never seen such a high ratio of staff to guests and there is always someone on hand to offer assistance. We hope to return as soon as possible!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

The first time I had stayed in Cambridge as what a find..The Varsity is a very special hotel.

I felt as nothing was too much trouble for the the team at The Varsity. Everyone greeted me with warmth throughout the hotel...a refreshing change to often stuffy 4/5 star hotels particularly as I travel alone during the week.

High points: gorgeous spa, top quality gym with Technogym and Life Fitness equipment...not just a hotel gym, I'm a gym snob! Illy coffee in my room, Elemis toiletries, the bonus of cookies brought to my room when I requested fresh milk for my coffee, stunning views and fab locally sourced food not to mention the best scrambled eggs I've ever eaten.

Lows: I visited in Winter and the roof terrace wasn't open.

Special thanks to the lovely lady working as part of the breakfast team who noticed I had a sore throat and sent honey and lemon to my room accompany my breakfast!

Overall a fabulous hotel and can't wait to return to Cambridge for business to stay at this stylish boutique hotel that's just gets it so right!

Stayed January 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Visited for hotel with clients on a business trip to Cambridge. Great location bear bars, restaurants, and shops. Great gym and spa facilities. On the river makes for some nice walking around Cambridge. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had a really great couple of days at the Varsity. Cocktails and juicy lobster and steak in the restaurant - great atmosphere for a Sunday night. Fantastic massage at the spa with friendly staff. And a great location for history, walks, sightseeing and restaurants. Would highly recommend it!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, UK
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

I liked staying at this hotel. The room was spacious and very comfortable. The bathroom was particularly large (but why did it not have a bath?). The location is extremely good - very central but also very quiet. However, I don't understand why the management have adopted an approach to charging extras to guests which is reminiscent of Ryanair before it discovered customer relations. Having paid £325 for a double room for a night, the management think that it is acceptable to add 2.5% for paying with an American Express card. Equally surprising when breakfast is included in this ample room rate is a charge of £3.50 per head to have fresh orange juice (rather than long life juice from a carton). And then there is a charge of £18 per night to park one's car. Not a good way to run a hotel.

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We booked a last minute trip to this hotel, and so pleased we did. The room was large on the second floor with a beautiful bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower with very nice toiletries provided. We made full use of the gym, which was in an amazing listed building adjoining the hotel. We followed this with a visit to the spa and all this before our complimentary continental breakfast in the same building. Hotel adjoined the River Cam and had a riverside walk down to various restaurants - we visited the Asian Thai restaurant at the end of the boardwalk which was excellent. Also an excellent Cote within 100 yards which offered great lunchtime deals. Hotel really near all the colleges and we were able to get into evensong at two of the colleges quite easily. Staff at hotel very helpful and took us up to see the view from the rooftop gardens which are mainly used for drinks etc in the summer.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Luxury 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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