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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Too expensive for what it is”
Reviewed 16 June 2011

The much advertised roof top terrace closed pm and am doesn't open till 12 I was told because of the weather..it was drizzling but I was disappointed

It was hot and small

Amazing towels and bed linen

For all food you had to go outside of the building to another part along a street to a grill place

Evening meal fish cakes and salad loads of nice fish in them but it was like mash had no consistency and no one asked if it was good or not, so I just left it

Breakfast got there 25mins before it closed and all hot food run out so I had to wait 40mins for eggs and bacon and ask twice more, when it came it was great

Car park not close and not clearly sign posted

Check out staff in the morning much more warm and inviting than the pm staff

Its too expensive for what it is

Stayed June 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

Thanks for your welcome, your hospitality and generally making the effort to help , assist and be both very professional, efficient and considerate throughout.
Mina, dinner next time!!

Outstanding all round, i shall return.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

What a great find, came to us highly recommended from Mr Clifford at midsummer house, thank goodness we took the advice.
Ideal location, very pleasant staffs, super rooms and as for the drink on the roof terrace, it made it that bit more special. Very comfy bed and lovely breakfast.
Simply brilliant!!!!

  • Stayed June 2011
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Bundaberg
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

We stayed here while travelling around the UK with the aim of seeing Cambridge and getting some quality rest before leaving the UK. This was the ideal place to do both of these.
The hotel has been put together with a great eye for detail. The mural in the foyer shows the view that can be got from the top of the building, and the staff that met us were very attentive and professsional. Our suite on the 6th floor came with a great 4 poster bed, a coffee machine, and nice little touches like the heated floor in the bathroom.
We have stayed in most of the hotels in Cambridge, but we will definitely be back here.

Room Tip: The rooms higher up have the best views.
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2011

My wife decided to take me to the Varsity as a suprise for my birthday , we left London around midday and just over an hour later we arrived at the hotel . The station was rather quaint but hectic. The cab driver told us to expect good things as the hotel was central you could walk everywhere. He had heard good reports.

The hotel is townhouse in style ,solarium and whirlpool next door . The receptionist on the front desk are all engaging , smiley and helpful.

We were recommended The Eagle pub for lunch , it was great , just good old fashioned no nonsense style food and ale. Jamies italian is also superb we went there for dinner , only downside be prepared to wait , we waited 45 mins but it was well worth it . All in all a wonderful break , the much talked about roof terrace was closed because of the weather however we did mange get to a sneaky look , a panorama of delight. Would I recomment the hotel and Cambridge ? Two thumbs up !!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

I took my girlfriend for a romantic weekend away in Cambridge over the May bank holiday and a friend recommended we stay at The Varsity Hotel and Spa. We located the hotel among the charming winding streets and found parking very close to the hotel easily. Upon arrival we were greeted by lovely welcoming staff and shown to our room. The room was gorgeous, with a huge bathroom with freestanding bath and designer style decor.
The hotel has a rooftop bar which every guest should definately visit for the views over the Cambridge. You can take in the river winding round the old town and many of the colleges. On our visit the barman was really lovely and funny, with great service.
Over the weekend we wandered around the town, found so many lovely places to eat or get a coffee. We were lucky with the weather and went on a punting trip which was quite romantic and the guide had really funny interesting stories of the town.
In the evening we visited the Riverside Bar and Grill for dinner, which I believe is part of the hotel. We had a view over the river sitting on the upstairs balcony in a quite corner which for a clearly popular resturant was really nice. We both had salad starters, steak and chips and wine which came to about £80. The food was really good, we both live in Central London and eat out regularly but the food definately lived up to what we expected, both steaks being cooked to order.
I booked my girlfriend into the Spa as a suprise treat , and she had a package offered by the Spa of massage facial and massage. I returned to the rooftop to enjoy a long breakfast and the views. She came back raving about the treatments, and the spa offered the products she often uses.
Even though our trip was brief it was such an amazing weeked for the pair of us. It was a gorgeous, relaxed break away from our hectic schedules and I am so glad I booked this hotel. Even though the weekend was a suprise for my girlfriend she is insisting we book again to return soon in the summer. It is a great distance from London for us to escape and spend some quality time in luxury beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

We visited the hotel after our friends recommended it on the super sunday break, the staff were friendly and welcoming from the moment we arrived. This hotel offers everything , location spot on , Spa and gym and a roof top garden with spectacular views. We liked the all inclusive no add on extras , the gym is big and wow the jacuzzi on the river ! Our massages were soothing . Thanks Mr Roberto we 'll definitely be back .

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Property: The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Address: Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Family Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Business Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Varsity Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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