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“A Cracking Hotel in a great City”

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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Sheffield, England
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8 reviews
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“A Cracking Hotel in a great City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

My wife and I booked the Varsity for a two night stay (Friday and Saturday) for a couple of nights away without the kids. It's not cheap but it was well worth the money and we weren't disappointed. We booked one of the more expensive rooms and it was massive as was the bathroom. It was on the 4th floor with good views over the city. The hotel has been fitted out and finished to an excellent standard and the service was great too. We used the value parking which was good value considering the prices and availability of parking, not to mention the queues to get in elsewhere. It's in a great location right by the river and right next to everything the city has to offer. We'd definitely recommend it.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

after a long journey the valet parking was exceptionally helpful. we booked in for some fantastic treatments in the same complex and then enjoyed the idyllic views from the restaurant. We didn't have to leave the building all weekend!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2013

We just spent the one Saturday night here but it was a great stay. Staff were wonderful and dealt with our extra requests really well. Room service at 6am, gave me one of their locks for my bike, car valet and loading - all great.

Thank you all.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The varsity. We booked last minute and were lucky to get a room as someone had cancelled.My wife had studied at Trinity so the location was ideal.Excellent hotel with Excellent service , everyone we came into contact with was pleasant and helpful. We picked the perfect weekend as the weather was ideal. The roof bar was packed with people queing outside the hotel clearly the "in" place in Cambridge.Breakfast buffet was generous and though we arrived late the staff were very accommodating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2013

Stayed in a huge penthouse suite for 2 nights. Just look at the photos on the web site they are exactly what you get, wonderful views, spotless, stylish, large terrace, and so so quite! Staff are friendly in this small boutique hotel, great breakfast in the adjoining restaurant/bar. A must visit and would highly recommend. My friend stayed in the normal room and again very pleasant, spacious and stylish.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

I never usually write reviews on trip advisor but this hotel was superb . Great location fir te shops and bars. very welcoming and accomodating staff. The room was just fabulous! Can't wait to hopefully stay here again soon

  • Stayed March 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in January this year for 3 nights!
We won't hesitate to stay again. Lovely rooms great showers soft towels!
Amazing breakfast and the gym is good! Nespresso machine in room!! Cool idea
Parking us the only issue but they sort the ticket for you if you like
What a really lovely hotel

Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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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 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Family 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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