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“Comfortable room with great views, excellent location”

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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
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“Comfortable room with great views, excellent location”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

Got a complimentary upgrade from a Fellow's to Senior Fellow's room, which meant getting floor to ceiling windows and a balcony as well as more space. The room was very comfortable and clean, the bathroom was nicely-designed and fitted, and complimentary access to the neighbouring spa owned by the hotel was appreciated.

The location opposite Magdalene is very central, so this is definitely one of the nicer options for a comfortable stay in the centre of town. The roof terrace was closed during our visit but, when open in warmer weather, offers fantastic views of the city.

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Reviewed 11 April 2013

Stayed here 2 nights in April.Booked the Fellows Room, at £200 a night was expecting good things!We were shown to our room on the first floor,room was ok.Wallpaper a bit marked and ripped,generally clean though. Was surprised to see that next to our room was a 24hour lounge/bar!At 1am we were not so pleased with the lounge/bar being right next to our room when a Hen Party had decided to carry on their celebrating and were laughing and screaming!We waited to see if they would calm down and go to their rooms however they did not so we rung reception where someone came up to speak to them,which he did then joined in with their conversation,making even more noise!Not impressed!We did complain to Reception and they did move us to the 3rd floor-same type of room but quieter.Breakfast was nice however the setting was noisy and cramped! The seats were so close together you would get constantly knocked by waitresses and people going into the buffet!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

We stayed here over Easter weekend as part of my husband's 30th birthday celebrations. The hotel staff were very friendly and polite, with nothing too much trouble. We used the spa, which although small, was well presented and very relaxing. The breakfast was fantastic quality and quantity and the service was very good, teas and coffees refilled without needing to search for waiters.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

We came for a one night stay and were very pleased. Service from all involved was excellent at all levels, polite, solicitous and helpful. The room was large, clean, luxurious, and had a gorgeous tub as well as shower. Plenty of room, and windows looking on to side side streets. It snowed during our stay- and was a little cold in the room, but staff were quick to provide a blow heater which did the trick. The rooftop terrace is definitely worth a trip for the stunning views, we couldn't enjoy it much because of the unseasonally cold weather. The hotel is centrally located, and right on the river cam, so perfect walking distance from everything. I enjoyed breakfast too. All in all a nice little trip away, would recommend it.

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Barnet, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

This hotel is lovely we liked the boutique style,located right in the thick of the action. Warm and friendly staff , our room did not have views but was more than adequate. The piece de resistance is the amazing roof terrace , which made up for the views which are are truly breathtaking.
Breakfast staff and gym staff always ready to assist , spot on, will definitely return.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

This hotel was exactly what we needed; peaceful, restful, luxurious without being over the top. A perfect getaway, set away from the hustle and bustle of the main street of Cambridge. Our room was upgraded and we had an incredible view out over the city - it was spectacular. We had use of the spa facilities next door which helped us relax even more. Great service made us feel welcome and at ease. Thanks

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hythe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

Spotlessly clean, great service, beautiful rooms, a spa/gym next door that you can use. Perfectly located alongside the river cam in the heart of Cambridge, valet parking. Why would you stay anywhere else in Cambridge?!
We booked in here for one night just as a little treat for ourselves, it was so nice we ended up staying for an extra night.
Booked the Sunday special with the meal included at the River Bar and Grill, just 2 doors away around the corner, we were equally impressed here with service and food to die for.
You simply must try out this gem of a hotel, we will certainly return.

Stayed April 2013, 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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