I have stayed at El Shaddai many times since the early 1990’s. I’ve stayed in a single room when visiting the Duxford Air Show with my friends, in a double room with my wife and in the family room with our two daughters. Every single time the rooms have been very clean - and they are cleaned every day. The beds and pillows are very comfortable, and the thing we especially like at El Shaddai is the use of proper duvets with duvet covers on beds instead of an old-fashioned and unhygienic combination of bed sheets and blankets (they still tend to use those in England – even in many so called “better” hotels).
The bathroom was renovated a couple of years ago, and it, too, is cleaned every day. You may have to queue for the bathroom, as there are no en-suite rooms in the house, but otherwise we have no complaints whatsoever about the bathroom. You will a get a proper shower, and the water temperature stays the same all the time (in many other places in England you’ll only get a really small flow of water, and the temperature keeps changing from ice cold to boiling hot). There is central heating in the house, so we have never been cold there, even in winter.
Some of the furniture may be a bit worn, but not more than in any normal home. And another home it is, for us. My youngest daughter, with whom we visited Cambridge recently, would not dream of staying anywhere else. The best surprise for her this summer was that Pauline and Alf had installed a new digital TV system in the rooms, with dozens of channels to choose from.
The breakfast at El Shaddai is one of the best “full English breakfasts” that we’ve had at any B&B in England. There is a variety of cereals, home-made jams and marmalades (Pauline makes them herself), bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, baked beans and grilled tomatoes. Even vegetarians are catered for. My wife cannot eat normal bread, so Pauline got her some glutein-free bread instead.
El Shaddai is superbly located near the centre of Cambridge, only a five minute walk from two shopping centres and less than a ten minute walk from the main colleges, and yet on a very quiet street. There’s no through traffic that would keep you awake during the night. The best pub in Cambridge (The Free Press) is just round the corner (50 meters): it was the first smoke-free pub in Cambridge and now it is also mobile phone free, serving great real ales and superb reasonably priced food.
El Shaddai is a place where you feel warmly welcome from the minute you step inside the house. Pauline and Alf really make you feel at home.
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