Cambridge is not exactly well-endowed with good places to stay. The hotels are either too expensive or cheap chains. And most of the B&Bs seem to be on busy main roads and lack character. So 5 Chapel Street is definitely the answer. It's a pretty, characterful old house on a virtually silent little road with very friendly owners who put a lot of effort into making your stay enjoyable. We stayed in the "posh" room, with a large double bed and double-aspect windows. Sheets and pillows were of the highest quality and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom was gorgeous, with a roll-top bath, good shower and a slate floor. There were handmade biscuits in the room and filtered water (Cambridge's tap water tastes horrible). The wifi was free, fast and reliable.
Breakfast couldn't have been more delicious. I had wonderful Suffolk sausages, bacon etc, while my husband had a plump kipper from Norfolk. Bread was homemade and the coffee was strong. There was also a fresh fruit salad and home-made muesli.
The downside is that it's some distance from the centre of town (though you can walk along the river or borrow bikes from the owners). Only one minor criticism: the bedroom doors are flimsy, so you could be woken by other guests walking past. But we'll definitely go back next time we go up to Cambridge to visit our student daughter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Attractive Georgian house with high quality very comfortable beds. Guests eat a superb breakfast from local free range ingredients with homemade bread, seated around a communal breakfast table. Cambridge city centre is a short and scenic riverside walk away. On-street free parking outside the house or round the corner. ... more less
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