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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
London
1 review
“Exceptional hotel ,central,with plentiful amenities and AMAZING Rooftop Bar”
Reviewed 11 April 2012

I read a glowing review about the hotel in the British Airways magazine whilst travelling to South Africa. My alma mater widely respected for its quality of education is not a town known for its hotels.

Finally a hotel worth it's weight in Gold. The location is faultless along with the staff. My room had all the usual mod cons and nice touches like the Illy Coffee, Magazines and Ipod dock.

The Gym and Spa is superb, lying in the jacuzzi on the river, with a stunning view one couldn't help feeling spoilt.

The rooftop bar, the piece de resistance is magnificent, it's worth going for that alone. I got chatting to some fellow drinkers on their third visit to the hotel and that to me speaks volume in itself.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Recently spent a night at the Varstiy Hotel & Spa, conveniently located in centre of Cambridge. This is a superb hotel which has been designed with great attention to detail. Our bedroom was spacious with a contemporary feel; beautiful wooden floor, four poster bed, with furnishings of the highest quality. The bathroom again was immaculate and the hotel staff could not have been more helpful and welcoming. We had a lovely meal in the hotel restaurant that overlooks the river Cam, and also had a relaxing time in the hotel spa. Not to be missed is the fabulous roof terrace overlooking the city, where drinks are served in style. The hotel intends to carry out film shows on the terrace in the near future. Overall a great hotel which enhances Cambridge's reputation as a world class destination.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kerem Maharal Israel
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Stayed in the Hotel twice coming on business and both times was great experience, the hotel is maintained at an excellent level, the place has a feel and touch for high class.
Location, Location.. hotel is located right in the city center, the Jim is one of the best I saw in Cambridge hotels. - Superb boutique hotel to return to after full day in the office. Staff are helpful in all ways from a simple good morning to free upgrades if possible.
Been to 4 different hotels in Cambridge - this is ranked number 1. - will surely return

Room Tip: Ask at arrival to upgrade if possible - managers want to give you best experience so will upgrade if...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

This hotel is wonderful and great value for money. Situated very close to local attractions, the staff were very attentive and service was quick. There is a lounge where they serve tea and coffee all day at no extra cost, it's these touches that make a very pleasant stay even better. Decor is divine and breakfast has a good selection.

As it rained for each day of our stay we made use of the spa facilities and no complaints here.

There are two things I would like to point out however:

1) make sure you check the cheapest rate on their website just before you arrive I booked 2 months in advance I checked the rate 1 week before and it had fallen by nearly £50.00 and then I checked again 3 days before and a smaller room was on offer for a further a£50.00 less- there were add on too for this rate late check out and drinks. We stayed in the smallest room rate, graduate, and this is ample the next room offers a larger bed.

2) like other people have commented you have walk out of the hotel to the spa and breakfast, though there was always someone with an umbrella to walk you round. When you read about the history of the hotel and spa you see why they haven't created a walk way through, I think that's fair enough.

These are not complaints just points to note.

I cannot wait to come back to Cambridge and I will definitely come back and stay at the varsity again.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

A small boutique hotel in central Cambridge, great for sight seeing. We ate in their restaurant and although it was a bit of a disaster, sent back wine twice as not cold, then brought us the wrong colour, then forgot us completely, the Manager remedied it with a free bottle which was an excellent piece of customer service. Food was really nice but quite expensive for what it was. The hotel itself was nice enough, nice decor but service was a bit hit and miss, we were first given a room overlooking the bins which we asked to move from, we moved higher up which was better but the room not as nice. it would be good if they assigned rooms with views for the higher price and then you knew what you are paying for, as overall it was expensive for B and B for a room without the view.
Staff did not tell us about breakfast, where the spa was or the best and cheapest parking which was a shmae as we had to ask around.
The roof terrace had blankets but no heaters so was chilly, amazing view and teh Manager was great, although a very limited cocktail menu with only 4 choices, I think they are missing a trick here.
Overall it was a nice stay, but mostly due to the Company!

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the river rather than the bins, as noisy in teh morning. The room 112 ha...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

My partner and I booked the two night Easter weekend break at the reasonable price of £299. We only booked a graduate room and our expectations were not particulary high but we did expect something reasonable from the "top rated hotel" in Cambridge. I am afraid we were very disappointed. We arrived in our room and the view was the back of the Japanese restaurant, the rather loud extractor fans and the staff using power tools to dismantle furniture. We had requested a view as advised on this site and the hotel were not able to accommodate and although disappointing this is of course just a request and I totally understand this is not always possible but I felt the quality of our room was not value for money. The room was large but the bathroom very small.
We spoke with the receptionist and she kindly collected the duty manager. Both members of staff were very helpful and accommodating, the manager upgraded our room for the second night as the hotel was already full And we couldn't be moved. This was a generous gesture and the room was significantly better. Advice - if you book this hotel, only book the more expensive rooms, the others are less impressive. However I would love to say my disappointment ended here but not so..........some other pointers.
1- kings room on 6th floor has heating controlled by the room opposite, basically u have to have the temperature the guests staying in the penthouse want????? We nearly boiled alive, we were given a standing fan though????
2- the spa was a bit dissappointing vey small and very basic, the changing facilities are peeling paint, not luxurious, more like a council run changing facilities.

Good points and there are some, that rescued our stay.
1- the staff are very professional and pleasant
2- breakfast was very nice
3- parking tickets put on your car for you in the morning, is brilliant

All in all, not bad, but the be the top rated I would have expected more.........

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Just returned from a 2 night stay at The Varsity Hotel and Spa in Cambridge and overall found it a wonderful hotel that delivered style and comfort with a central location from which to explore the sights. On arriving early we were told our room was ready, so checked in super quick (a definite plus!) and dropped our bags off before taking the car to their suggested car park. Whilst this is a short distance from the hotel, the Varsity take your keys and ensure the tickets are all kept up-to-date and paid for the duration of your stay. A nice extra given that they don't have their own car park.

The room we were given on the first floor was gorgeous; with a comfortable bed, lovely features and a fantastic bathroom. Having spent a great afternoon and evening in the town, we returned to the hotel (where they still have actual room keys as opposed to cards - a nice touch) and settled in for the night. Unfortunately our room was above the hotels own service yard and next to an alley way onto which numerous restaurants backed. Whilst this wasn't an issue in the evening, the next morning we were disrupted by the bin collection, people arriving for work and the noise of the service yard door opening below our room. Rather than suffer in silence, we spoke to reception and they couldn't have been more understanding - apologising and immediately offering us another room for the remainder of our stay.

Moving into our second room, we discovered an interior which surpassed that of the first (not to damn with faint praise...) and all the issues we'd had on the previous evening were negated.

We didn't eat at the hotel as there was such a vast choice of restaurants within walking distance and despite the problems on our first night we would not hesitate to stay here again.

Lovely stuff.

Room Tip: Try and 1st floor facing the alley way if you enjoy a lie-in.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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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 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Romantic 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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