Well, this place gets a lot of very positive reviews here, but I'm sorry to say that did not match our own experience staying at Prospect Place last week.
The hosts were helpful enough, but seemed very edgy and distracted. In fairness, they had to leave for an early flight on the second morning of our stay, so perhaps they were preoccupied with personal matters. The woman who took care of the place while they were away was very friendly and helpful when we were checking out, however.
The room - the "Charles Suite" - turned out to be in the basement next to the laundry room. The suite consisted of the bedroom, bathroom and a booklined windowless sitting room with TV, but there was no door on the sitting room and the bedroom doorlock did not work, so it did not feel particularly private or secure.
The bathroom plumbing was poorly fitted in places - some alarming clunks and rattles as loose fittings shifted about - although it looked clean enough. The bathroom has a second frosted glass door (locked) straight into the laundry room, so you might feel a bit self-conscious if you were using the bathroom while somebody is doing the laundry.
The bedroom was reasonably clean (a few minor cobwebs and dust around the edges) but poorly ventilated. There was one small window just below the ceiling, but this did not give much light, so the whole suite felt rather gloomy and depressing, an effect enhanced by the unfortunate choice of a muddy beige colour scheme. We slept OK as it was pretty quiet, but it was not the kind of place you wanted to hang around while you were conscious.
Breakfast in the rather gloomy dining room on the first morning felt like a Harold Pinter play - I guess the chemistry between our host and fellow guests just wasn't working too well that day. When my wife declined the offer of French toast, there was no attempt to offer an alternative as our host disappeared back to the kitchen. I know a small B&B cannot offer a wide breakfast menu, but a simple offer of plain toast would have been an easy gesture to make. The next morning our hosts had left breakfast laid out in advance, as they had to get an early flight, but we had already decided to skip another Pinteresque experience and go for breakfast elsewhere.
So despite all the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, our own impression of Prospect Place was rather mixed, a rather gloomy and edgy experience no doubt influenced by our unfortunate choice to book the Stygian basement suite. I hope this is not typical of how other guests experience this B&B, as I have plenty of sympathy for the hard work involved in running a small business like this, but I also hope an honest account of our experience may help others to make the appropriate choice for their own needs when booking accommodation in Cambridge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An Elegant Victorian Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Cambridge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Prospect Place b&b
- Prospect Place Hotel Cambridge