First the good news.
Our room was reasonably spacious and the beds were comfortable.
The staff were uniformly pleasant and helpful and transformed what could have been a ho-hum stay into a pleasant one.
Our room was quiet (though I was woken once by the opposite room door being opened and automatically closed rather noisily)
The breakfast was very good and the service excellent.
The Spa and its staff were pleasant though I found the pool rather short and shallow.
Now the not so good news
Charging £5 an hour for wi-fi is iniquitous. Why don't they charge for electricity as well? I gather the current contract will expire soon and they will not then charge and I hope that is the case.
The public areas particularly the bar and lounge had a rather forbidding feeling. The choice of contemporary art was depressing in the extreme, whereas our bedroom corridor to room 123 seem to go on for ever and the walls were unrelieved by any pictures. The pictures in our room were prints of hunting scenes which some people might find politically unacceptable and they contributed to the 80s feel of the room which had slightly distressed brown furniture.
The background music in the bar was intrusive and did nothing to make the atmosphere more pleasant. Once more however the bar staff were very good.
The breakfast room was very crowded and noisy. On reflection we might have used other parts of the dining area but we were not directed to these and in any case said that we wished to sit near a window.
There was no printed programme guide for the television.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Cambridge hotel has a great location on the A14, J32 and just 2 1/2 miles from Cambridge city centre and it is an excellent base for visiting local attractions. The hotel offers a range of facilities for both business and leisure travellers including Kids Stay and Eat Free*. Facilities include 161 fully air-conditioned bedrooms, High Speed Internet access in all bedrooms and public areas, conference and banqueting facilities for up to 120 people plus Spirit Health and Leisure Club. The hotel has a state of the art Conference Centre boasting 9 purpose built meeting rooms that cater for all requirements from training courses, boardroom meetings and conferences to weddings and dinner dances. The hotel has 200 free car parking spaces. The Leisure Club offers a gym, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and is complimented by two Beauty Treatment Rooms (advance booking required). Both accessible and family rooms are available at the hotel. The Holiday Inn Cambridge hotel provides an ideal base for visiting local attractions including the colleges of Cambridge University, Duxford Air Museum, Newmarket and Ely Cathedral. ... more less
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