This hotel is slap bang in the centre of Cambridge so we enjoyed the location. However there is no parking with the hotel and the valet parking service is expensive. The rooms and bathrooms were clean and modern and the Roof Terrace bar offers breath taking views over the city. Drinks are very expensive and service is extremely slow. The hotel restaurant is a steak house called The River Bar but don't bother. It offers terrible service and they can't cook a steak. It's the only restaurant I've ever been to where the food came to the table way before any drinks! They offer 5 different steak temperatures but this was a joke as despite asking for two steaks cooked "medium", the first steaks came out blue....when we asked for them to be changed the waitress thought it was hilarious and totally acceptable that she left the chips and rest of the meal on the table whilst the chef cooked the steaks for longer! Eventually our meals were replaced but this time the steaks we so over cooked they were tough and grey. Come on, if you call yourself a steak house please get a chef who can cook a steak. The cafe rouge round the corner is excellent though. All in all we felt this hotel wasn't worth the money. We would return to the roof terrace for drinks though even though the service is terrible the views are stunning.
- 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