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The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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The Varsity Hotel & Spa is located on the edge of the picturesque River Cam in the heart of Cambridge and just yards from St John's, Trinity and Magdalene College. Ideally situated for punting, shopping, sight-seeing and nightlife, The Varsity hotel guests are truly immersed in the culture and charm of Cambridge life from the moment they arrive. Recharge in the wonderful Elemis spa before soaking up the beautiful skyline with drinks on the hotel's roof terrace,afternoon tea or dinner in the Six Panoramic Bar & Restaurant. Alternatively, guests can indulge in a hearty meal in the River Bar Steakhouse & Grill. Valet parking available from 7 am to 10 pm for hotel's guests.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Wifi
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Rooftop bar
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
Massage
Salon
Steam room
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Safe
Telephone
Iron
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Green
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Italian and 1 more
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Special Rate:Best Deal Available - Only Booking Direct on Our Hotel Website
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Alastair K wrote a review Yesterday
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Fantastic room Spa gorgeous Food excellent Would stay again and looking at summer to bring my kids to do punting and use the roof terrace. Breakfast looking over Cambridge was beautiful my wife and I can’t speak highly enough of the hotel and staff
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Date of stay: February 2024
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I D G wrote a review Jun 2023
Great Barton, United Kingdom6 contributions3 helpful votes
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My wife and I on a return visit to the Varsity. We booked very late to do last minute holiday shopping in Cambridge as the hotel location is excellent for this. We had a lovely welcoming at reception, and although we were rather early, and just intend to drop our bags, we were offered our room straight away, which was really useful. As we were checking in, Claudia at the reception saw that we were returning customers, and happened to have a room upgrade available that day. We were very pleased as the only room available on the booking agent website was below what we would normally request. The guy who was concierge for our luggage was brilliant, as the bags were checked in and out twice( our mistake) but he was lovely! The rooms are very clean, tidy and well maintained. We enjoyed a drink in the bar upstairs, before heading off to meet friends. On our return we visited the cocktail bar again, which was really busy, but service was quick and atmosphere was really good. A very good night’s sleep, as usual. I seriously cannot fault this hotel, and would thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting a very central location. Thank you all, and we shall definitely see you again!👍
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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steviep10 wrote a review 16 Feb
London, United Kingdom4 contributions
Short stay in Cambridge and stayed at the Varisty. Lovely hotel in centre of Cambridge. Great location and easy to find. Very spacious room, helpful and professional staff. I would stay again. Visited the Steakhouse which I highly recommend too.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Stuart M wrote a review 12 Feb
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Had a weekend away in Cambridge and I must say the Varsity was an excellent choice. The room was outstanding as was the service from everyone we met during our stay. We visited the Spa, the bar and the restaurant and all exceeded our expectations. We will be back
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Emily E wrote a review 11 Feb
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I was in Cambridge to do my PhD viva and I could not have had a more wonderful, peaceful, and calming stay at the Varsity. My room was upgraded and it was beautiful with a stunning bath. I had a massage at the spa, ate in the wonderful restaurant, then relaxed with a bath. The bed was extremely comfortable and no detail was overlooked. The staff were friendly and helpful at every opportunity. I would recommend anyone needing a night in Cambridge to stay at the beautiful Varsity!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Gabriel L wrote a review 11 Feb
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The hotel has an excellent location. The roof bar and restaurant are cozy and with a good selection of food and beberages. The room was very clean and most importantly, its staff are very friendly and corteous. I recommend this hotel without doubts.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: Bring your electricity adaptor as the rooms only have the UK plug.
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Newberry01 wrote a review 11 Feb
Cambridge37 contributions6 helpful votes
Excellent stay all round. Treated ourselves to a night away and were delighted with the standard of accommodation and food, the staff could not have been more helpful. The use of the spa added to the luxury, and cocktails at the bar with views across the city is to be recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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MrsBrain06 wrote a review 11 Feb
Spalding, United Kingdom2 contributions
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Fantastic stay at The Varsity Hotel and Spa. Superior King room gives spectacular views of the city. We ate in The Six restaurant twice during our stay and it has spectacular rooftop views. The evening meal and breakfast was perfection. The staff were all very helpful and welcoming. Great treat to be able to use the spa and gym. We wouldn’t hesitate to book again.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Parking is valet parking. No problems in using this service. Would use again
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Paul M wrote a review 11 Feb
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What a fantastic find! Lovely local hotel with friendly staff and great facilities. Having the spa next door was so easy and roof top bar was the icing on the cake. The cocktails list was vast and the bartenders were skilled in whatever you asked them to make.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Barbara wrote a review Jan 2024
Canterbury, United Kingdom89 contributions67 helpful votes
Chris gave my hair the best styling ever. He used a fabulous Aveda shampoo and hydrating hair masque and then dried my hair with a new generation ion hairdryer - leaving my fine blonde hair with no damage or frizz. Thank you Chris and the Varsity Spa team for a brilliant experience!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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£138 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the varsity hotel cambridge, the varsity hotel and spa
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCambridgeshireCambridge
NUMBER OF ROOMS
47
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Hidden Rooms (0.2 miles), The River Cam (0.1 miles), and University of Cambridge (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Namaste Village Cambridge, Las Iguanas, and The Architect.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre, a sauna, and fitness classes during their stay.
Is The Varsity Hotel & Spa located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.04 miles away from the centre of Cambridge.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Varsity Hotel & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Polish.