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The Gonville Hotel
Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
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“It was Great”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

I stayed in this hotel in the last three nights. It has a very beautiful view on open park. My room was completely new, so clean and very well furnished. I ordered food and it was good. Staff there is helpful whenever you I called they were ready to help. It was my first time to Cambridge and it was great.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Chose this hotel because of the excellent location. Friendly check-in and most staff were nice.
One or two senior members not so friendly. Room was small and poorly furnished and at the rear. The one dinner we had in the restaurant was a disappointment.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

My husband and I spent five nights at the Gonville hotel , Cambridge. It was spotless, comfortable, and a lovely retreat from the bustle of Cambridge. The staff were first class, friendly and welcoming. Free use of internet connected pc in foyer meant we could research tourist attractions etc. The hotel is about a fifteen minute walk to the far end of town where the punts leave from. As Cambridge is so flat, walking in and out of town was easy. The nearest restaurants and shops are about a 2 minute stroll. After an excellent selection of continental and cooked food at breakfast, we ate somewhere different every night, and would recommend Efes Turkish restaurant in King street and the Hotel's own dinner menu was also lovely. Personally, I was not a fan of the sliding glass bathroom door. Due to the design, it does not give complete privacy, so I would not share a room here with anyone who was not a close friend! On check out you can leave your luggage for up to six hours, which was very handy for us as we had another almost full day to explore before our 10-15 minute walk to the train station. We are very glad we chose this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Good location, a few minutes walk from the city centre over looking a park, free parking included,a nice welcome and very helpful at reception when i was a walk in customer, a little dissapointed in the room or more the Toilet/shower/wet room, it had a glass frosted sliding door which you could see through so not too private,the room was also a little on the small side and also no wardrobe, just a few hangers on the wall near the door? i also heard the room next door having a row at around 3 in the morning,so very thin walls, but to sum it up, i would stay again but didnt like the frosted door or lack of wardrobes.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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North Downs
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed at the Gonville Hotel this time for two nights because other Cambridge hotels, that we have previously used, had hiked their prices. It turned out to be an excellent decision - the hotel is very conveniently placed for the centre of the town and colleges and has its own (free) parking - particularly important in Cambridge. The accomodation is very comfortable (recently renovated, I believe) with everything you might need, including air conditioning. Clothes hanging space in the bedrood is perhaps a little limited. However, the best aspect was the friendly, polite and most helpful staff, not to mention the excellent breakfasts and (amazingly for a good hotel) the free wi-fi. We shall certainy use the Gonville again on our regular trips to Cambridge.

Room Tip: Front of the hotel would have good views over Parker's Piece but the back, where we were, was id...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mahwah, New Jersey
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This extremely well located hotel is a much more up scale version of a Best Western. The rooms have been refurbished so they are airy and spacious. We had perfect views of Parker's Piece and could see the Olympic torch festivities without having to get wet (it rained all weekend). I highly recommend that you get the breakfast; the price is reasonable, food is very good and the service prompt and friendly. The staff at the hotel are courteous, attentive and friendly. On our return to Cambridge (my husband's alma mater), we will be staying here again if they have room.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that views Parker's Piece.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Chose this hotel for its nice location overlooking a large public green called Parker's Piece, although we ended up with a room at the back of the hotel it was still nice to walk out every morning to see grass and trees.

The hotel has a large free car park, inviting public spaces, and helpful friendly staff.

I did have some issues with the bathroom arrangements, which I have commented on directly to Best Western. To summarise, try asking for a room with a full bathroom when booking, with a proper door - not a sliding door.

We ate once in the restaurant and the food was good. When I asked about the dessert I had spotted on the week day menu, which wasn't on the one we were shown, it was magically produced :)

This is the kind of service that makes you return to a hotel, and recommend it, so well done to Abraham the head waiter.

The room was very clean and well decorated. The bed was a good size, although a little firm for me.

Its 5-10 minutes walking distance to the centre of Cambridge, shops and colleges, and the red tour buses have a stop just round the corner at the Catholic Church.

Room Tip: Ask for front of hotel to get a view of Parker's Piece. Also ask for a room with a proper bathro...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Gonville Hotel
Address: Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Green Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#6 Family Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gonville Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and run 4 star 84 bedroom hotel, with recently refurbished public areas and rooms. Virtual concierge system in all rooms via Apple Ipads make service requests easy by the touch of a button. Free Fibre Optic high speed Wifi throughout. Limited on site car parking for residents. Located in central Cambridge overlooking the famous Parker's Peice a 25 acre open park, near to the rail and coach stations. Ideal for visiting the many Historic University buildings and close to the main shopping areas. ... more   less 
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