Well, it has been chosen because of no other relatively non-expensive hotels were available at the moment I made a booking. It`s quite far from the railway station (nearly an hour of energetic walk), and, as there is no luggage room at the station, I had to find out the local buses schedule to pick up the luggage from the hotel before my evening train. There happened to be the only direct bus to the station, going once an hour.
The hotel itself is a number of rooms with shared facilities at the floor above the pub. Yes, the music is right as it should be in non-quiet bar on Friday evening - so ear plugs are must-to-have. I should admit it became quiet at midnight, though.
At arrival, I was asked to wait - and had to wait for 10 minutes near the bar desk, and then ask for a manager at least twice, until one of the barman stops working with pub visitors and show me the room. Understandable, but quite unpleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Portland Arms is a traditional pub serving fine real ales, home-cooked food and a warm welcome. 2 minutes walk from the river cam and a 10 minutes walk from the historic city centre the Portland Arms is in easy reach of all Cambridge amenities, is on major bus and cycle routes and is easy to reach via the A14 and M11 motorway. There is parking available in the local area along side streets. All rooms are room only board basis. We have 3 letting rooms consisting of 1 double and 1 twin room and 1 with a double bed and sofa bed. All rooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, TV and use of free Wi-Fi internet. Note: rooms are not en-suite, bathrooms shared between the three rooms. We are a noted Live Music Venue with entertainment most nights of the week. Check our website for current program of events. The pub is also famed for the quality of Its Ales and food with two bars with wood panelling and real open fires, pool tables, and sky sports. Please note that the pub is not open for breakfast but there are a couple of excellent cafe's nearby serving food early. Due to the age and nature of the building, rooms are unsuitable for mobility impaired or young children. Parking: No parking on site, street parking or pay and display available opposite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Portland Arms Hotel Cambridge