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Alington House
Ranked #40 of 124 Cambridge B&B and Inns
Reviewed 10 July 2012

Elizabeth was a charming and most helpful host for our four days at Alington House. On her advice we purchased week-long bus passes, which made our travel in and around Cambridge painless. Her breakfasts were hearty and delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed chatting with her each morning. She helped me contact a friend whom I had not communicated with for decades, dialing the woman's number on her own telephone. Any returns to Cambridge will involve staying at Alington house!

James Buchanan and daughters Elizabeth and Laura Anne

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Stayed here for 3 days for a business trip. Free wifi and continental breakfast make the Alington much better value than any of other hotels or B&Bs in Cambridge. Rooms are very comfortable and clean. Breakfast was very good with nice fresh coffee. Owner is very helpful and has lots of local knowledge regarding local sites and getting around. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

Having quickly glanced at the other reviews, I'm quite surprised by the bad ones. My experience of the B&B was that it was clean, friendly and with a perfectly adequate breakfast. I booked the room at the last minute for a spur of the moment trip and it met our needs perfectly. We were directly on the main road but this didn't affect our night's sleep at all, and the bed was very comfortable. It is a good half an hour walk to the town centre, but buses run frequently from just outside. There is also free WiFi throughout the B&B.

From chatting to the owner it appears that they no longer have the Annex, so maybe that has solved some of those problems.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Close to the bus stop, free internet, clean room, good value for money.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank HAOJUN M
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Reviewed 29 September 2011

Just arrived home having spent two of the worst nights ever in this guest house. We booked the "annex" twin room. Having looked at the photo's on their website I was expecting a bright and airy room with modern facilities. What we actually got was a poky little room in a semi detached house 2 doors down the road from Alington house. If I said the room and it's furnishings were tired I would be complimentary.

Our room fronted a busy main road. Very very noisy. On entering the house the smell of curry permeated the whole building. Our room was next to the kitchen. Although it was 9:30pm, one of the long term residents was cooking curry for a late dinner. He also cooked curry at breakfast time to take to work with him. The kitchen had to be seen to be believed it was so dirty.

Our room hadn't seen a duster for weeks, the spiders and cobwebs were everywhere. The bathroom was just a shower which abutted the toilet, no room for a sink it was so small.

The landlady had a sign in the hall asking guests not to take curries or spicy foods into their rooms or to wipe spicy foods on the towels as it was too hard to wash out!

This is without a doubt the worst place I have EVER stayed in. If there had been other rooms in other hotels available we would have left but it is residential week for students this week and everywhere is full.

Stay here at your own risk.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the Annex at any cost.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank KateEvans22
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camlady, Manager at Alington House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2012

This guest appeared happy when she first arrived, but became extremely angry when she realised the other people in the annexe were Indian and African and demanded a room in the main building. I suggested she find other accommodation, but she had already checked and everywhere was full. Her anger at being, as she described, 'treated like this' was such that she not only posted this review on the site she booked on, but felt compelled to put it here in an effort to cause as much damage as possible. The review not only contains misleading photos, but some that are not even this property, I don't whose garden she was in. She says 'stay at your own risk', I ask you to come and see the reality for yourself. We have had many very positive reviews for the annexe rooms on the same site she booked on .

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Reviewed 13 June 2011

Stayed for two nights during a weekend, very peaceful and nice. Continental breakfast had lots to choose from, and the coffee was very good - a nice change from all the instant coffee you normally get in the UK.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

We stayed at Alington House for three nights while visiting friends in Cambridge and had a very nice stay. The owners were very friendly and the B&B is nice and very family-run - we found it welcoming but not as polished as a very professionally-run place. Our room was nice and bright, it had all the usual amenities, and the bed was very comfortable. Our bathroom was great. The breakfast was continental and included a choice of almost 20 cereals, and as much toast/jam/butter and tea/coffee as we could eat. We had a great stay.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Andrea M
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Address: 293 Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge CB1 7DB, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
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Ranked #40 of 124 B&Bs / Inns in Cambridge
Price Range: £68 - £89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alington House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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