For tourists who want to be in central Cambridge but who are lumbered with a vehicle, this is a great venue. Parking is a short way up the hill, in a cheap long-stay car park. It's easy to off-load right at the hotel, and the park the car. The wonderful staff journeys up to the car park early each morning to buy another day's stay, saving guests the trouble.
The hotel has a very scenic location that backs onto the Cam near Magdalene Bridge, a very easy walk to St. John's, Trinity and King's Colleges.
Rooms are very nicely furnished, and very clean. My only compaint would be the lack of good lighting in the bathroom to put on makeup, or a ledge to hold all the cosmetics.
The full English breakfast, included in the rate, was wonderful - too big for me, so after the first day I ordered smaller portions.
The staff is unfailingly welcoming and helpful.
A WORD OF WARNING to drivers - our GPS made an error, trying to take us to the hotel from Jesus Lane, to the south of the hotel. This won't work because of the pedestrian precinct! Approach from the north, going south on Bridge Street and turning left onto Thompson's Lane.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Varsity Hotel And Spa
- The Varsity Hotel Cambridge