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“'A business trip with no stress'”

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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“'A business trip with no stress'”
Reviewed 29 November 2011

Arrived stressed from a long train journey to be greeted by very welcoming and friendly staff. I was escorted to my room 211 which was very spacious with a luxury bathroom-which i note had complimentary elemis spa products which are my favorite. I enjoyed a peaceful and uninterrupted nights sleep. Breakfast...was what you would expect...a buffet layout. Staff were friendly and kept the coffee topped up so i cannot complain. I managed to get into the gym on my second night after a very long day which was a pleasant surprise as the gym was very large with all the equipment you would need and more. All in all a very pleasant, non stressful and beautiful place to stay. It is also Ideal if you have business in the center of Cambridge.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

Hotel would have delighted at half the price. Uninspiring modern office-block type building makes it feel more like an upmarket B&B than £200 a night establishment - tiny bleak reception area and only a small, out of the way lounge (where the absence of staff or drinks seem to create disquiet among guests). Fabulous roof terrace, not really an option In November. No parking. Town car park five minutes walk away cost us £29 for less than a day. Pleasant room overlooking service courtyard, small unflashy bathroom. Breakfast good. We wanted to eat in the restaurant but were told it was fully booked by a private party.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Skipton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

Friendly professional staff, lovely rooms and a great location in the centre of the city plus the spa and restaurant are both excellent. Highly recommended for both business and holiday.

Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Tonbridge, UK
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Varsity for 1 night in mid-November and really enjoyed our stay. The location was perfect - really close to the river Cam, minutes from the shops, restaurants and bars. The staff were really friendly and helpful - we also made use of the Spa, which was of a high standard and nice & relaxing. We also had a few drinks at the hotels roof-top bar, with great views over the City. For dinner, we opted for the River Bar & Grill, which is part of the same complex as the hotel and spa - the dinner was great - had lovely food. This was also where the hotel breakfast was served - which was exceedingly good - with a wide selection and friendly staff. All in all, would definetly recommend the Varsity - it may well be slightly more pricey than some other hotels in the city, but we thought it was well worth it and would stay again.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

We stayed a Saturday night in Cambridge to go to birthday dinner. in a college The dinner was black tie and on unpacking I found I'd forgottenthe actual tie. The hotel reception provided one in minutes. It's true the public spaces are not the best part of the hotel, but they are well kept, the staff are efficient and polite, the Spa next door is lovely, the Riverside Restaurant where you take breakfast is very well done, directly overlooking the river, and the artworks throughout the hotel are a nice touch. But what you really come here for are the rooms. We paid £260 for ours, yes, a lot, for a special evening, but it did not disappoint: floor to ceiling glass walls looking out aross Cambridge on two sides, a modern four-poster bed, a massive flat-screen TV and enertainment system, a very large seperate bathroom with a walk-in granite gloored shower. Fluffy robes, Aveda toilettries, 24-hour room service. It's a rare treat to find a hotel in the UK that understands what the much-misappropriated term "boutique" really means in terms of design, quality and character. We left feeling like we'd had a holiday, not a one-night stay.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

I booked the Varsity hotel as a birthday treat for my husband, Fireworks weekend!
This hotel is the perfect find, attentive staff, great contemporary decor and wonderful cocktails!!
Our room had the most amazing views over Cambridge,with floor to ceiling windows, making it even more special that we got to watch the fireworks from the comfort of our room.
I had booked two massages at their 'Aveda' spa and once again was not disappointed. Masseur was excellent!
Back to the lounge bar for pre dinner drinks, again loved the decor, then down to the bar/grill.
Good cocktails and good food.
Breakfast in the morning was perfect, both continental and full English on offer.
A 5 minute walk into the centre of town, what could be better?!
I would highly recommend this hotel for a weekend in Cambridge, particularly if you visited in Spring/Summer as they have a roof garden on the top floor where you can have a drink and watch the world go by over Cambridge!
Other boutique hotels in Cambridge are far more expensive and do not have a gym/spa on offer next door either.
Try it and see.....

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed at The Varsity for one night, in October. It is quite simply a wonderful hotel. The staff are welcoming, pleasant and can't do enough for you. It's worth getting a room on the 6th floor, the full length windows give you an amazing view of the city.

I was glad it wasn't pretentious, just a classic boutique hotel.

Would 100% recommend.

  • Stayed October 2011
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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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