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“Great location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“Great location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

A great centrally located hotel in the heart of Cambridge. Most of the main attractions are within walking distance. If you are driving I would highly recommend taking advantage of the valet parking they offer. It just takes the hassle out of parking your car in a City that is not car friendly!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

We recently booked two adjoining rooms on the fifth floor overlooking Jesus Green -they join by the verandah and they were superb. There is a third room which accesses the verandah which we would have booked had we known about it. We booked four rooms in total as we were coming from overseas for a wedding and had a number of family members to accommodate. The booking staff when I made my several phone calls from Australia should have been more intuitive and interactive about room options but weren't. This is an area of improvement for an otherwise great hotel. The decor is attractive and funky with a tasteful balance of modernity and Cambridge tradition. Excellent location with very easy walk to shops and Colleges.. Breakfast is served in a nearby building which requires external access along the street but there is a doorman and plenty of umbrellas. The food presented at breakfast is always the same which was a bit monotonous after four days. The gym and spa is in the same building and is very good. The hairdresser was excellent too. All in all a great hotel. Price is high but locale and facilities justify it.

Room Tip: Good views from top floor with verandah access.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

I stayed in the Master penthouse and dealt with Autumn when making my reservation she was extremely helpful.
Eric took my bookings in the Spa and was spot on too.
The penthouse was amazing and I would defiantly return to this room!
The Spa was good and we loved the roof terrace. Dinner was had in the adjoining riverside restaurant and the food was of a good standard!!
Love Cambridge and will be back

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Great location in the centre of Cambridge. The valet parking at £19.50 was worth it and great to take the stress out of things. Arriving at the hotel was like being welcomed home, friendly unpretentious staff and we were given a lovely room on the 5th floor. I was very pleased to find the bottle of wine which was a mr and mrs smith extra in the room - it makes such a difference not to have to hassle people for benefits such as this. Spa was lovely and also quiet. Breakfast in the restaurant next door was perfect with lovely views, staff and fully stocked continental buffet. Good to be able to have a full breakfast for £6.95 more too. We ate in the restaurant at night too and it was just wonderful, great ambience, food and staff. You can really trust this hotel not to let you down.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at The Varsity and had a wonderful experience. It's location is perfect for walking to the City Center, and we made use of many of their incredible amenities. If you go, make sure to enjoy their rooftop bar as well as their fantastic restaurant. They also provide a walking tour of Cambridge on Saturday afternoons at no cost to guests. The guide was excellent and we highly recommend the tour.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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346 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

We didn't actually stay at the hotel but went for early evening drinks and snacks on the roof terrace. What a brilliant venue. Really nicely done with lots of tables and chairs, flower tubs, glass balustrading etc. Good service and great views too.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

The hotel is fantastic with really nice large rooms and the staff are very attentive. The roof bar is a great place to chill and relax and the restaurant serves good wholesome food. We will defiantly come back if only to use the roof terrace. You will be doing well to find a better hotel.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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 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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