The Varsity is a trendy boutique hotel and a well-oiled machine.
Check-in was smooth, the rooms are comfortable (although the "graduates double" was a tad on the small side) and continental buffet breakfast (served in the River Bar next door) was basic (i.e. anything hot had to be paid for separately).
I booked through Mr & Mrs Smith and received the promised bottle of wine in the room on arrival.
The roof terrace offers unparalleled views over Cambridge and is quite the destination on a sunny day for hotel guests, tourists/visitors and locals alike. You don't need to be a hotel guest to access the roof.
The gym and spa associated with the hotel, Glassworks, is excellent. It's open to the public (for a fee), has slightly less equipment than you would find in a full-service gym in a major city, but has everything you need and is in a beautiful space.
The other hotel guests were predominately non-business travellers.
I have also stayed at the Hilton Double Tree in Cambridge. On balance:
- I would stay again at the Double Tree for views over the River Cam, the garden bar/restaurant by the river and the breakfast which includes your typical hot buffet
- I would stay again at the Varsity for use of the gym and spa, for the "weekend escape" vibe and for proximity to the collegesMore
- Free Wifi