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“This is a 'live music' venue = NOISE”
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The Portland Arms
Ranked #50 of 122 Cambridge B&B and Inns
Cremieu, France
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“This is a 'live music' venue = NOISE”
Reviewed May 20, 2011

This is a 'live music' venue and we were placed in a room directly above the room the band were playing in. The music, and consequently the vibration it created throughout the room, stopped at around 11.30pm - such a relief! Immediately outside our room was the door to the stairs leading to the beer garden. Every time someone came in or out the door slammed loudly, as did the shared bathroom door due to that door sticking. The room was tiny...although it did have tea-making facilities. The only way I can describe the mattress, is that it was like sleeping on a massive bag of chunky crisps - uncomfortable and noisy. We knew it was a shared bathroom, but didn't realise it was going to be a dank and dirty one - needless to say, we didn't shower in the morning. One thing we did appreciate was that the staff there let us park in the pubs driveway, saving us parking fees.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 30, 2011

Simple but cosy rooms that have everything you need: coffee making facilities, little mirror, good lighting, small tv. Bathroom not on suite but just outside and equally well appointed. Nice decor throughout. Only thing is, noise is a bit of an issue: Bed very creaky - you'd possibly wake each other up when turning over. I was by myself so that wasn't a problem. Door is also very creaky plus you have to slam the bathroom door to shut it so when going to the toilet at night I woke up people in the next room (there are 3 rooms altogether). Plus my room had a view over the Portland Arms pub's beer garden which was very pretty but also very noisy. The windows ARE effective at shutting out most of the noise and I slept well - with ear plugs and the windows shut.
Because there's only one bathroom for potentially 6 guests, queuing for the shower in the morning was also a bit of an issue. Overall though great for the price: a very charming place with super friendly, accommodating staff. Nice walk over the Green to get into the city centre (10-15 min on foot). I'd definitely recommend the Inn for an inexpensive no-frills stay in beautiful Cambridge.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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Property: The Portland Arms
Address: 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #50 of 122 B&Bs / Inns in Cambridge
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Portland Arms 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Portland Arms is a traditional pub serving fine real ales, home-cooked food and a warm welcome. 2 minutes walk from the river cam and a 10 minutes walk from the historic city centre the Portland Arms is in easy reach of all Cambridge amenities, is on major bus and cycle routes and is easy to reach via the A14 and M11 motorway. There is parking available in the local area along side streets. All rooms are room only board basis. We have 3 letting rooms consisting of 1 double and 1 twin room and 1 with a double bed and sofa bed. All rooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, TV and use of free Wi-Fi internet. Note: rooms are not en-suite, bathrooms shared between the three rooms. We are a noted Live Music Venue with entertainment most nights of the week. Check our website for current program of events. The pub is also famed for the quality of Its Ales and food with two bars with wood panelling and real open fires, pool tables, and sky sports. Please note that the pub is not open for breakfast but there are a couple of excellent cafe's nearby serving food early. Due to the age and nature of the building, rooms are unsuitable for mobility impaired or young children. Parking: No parking on site, street parking or pay and display available opposite. ... more   less 
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