We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great Pub, Great Venue”
Review of The Portland Arms

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
The Portland Arms
Ranked #45 of 121 Cambridge B&B and Inns
Buckhurst Hill, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great Pub, Great Venue”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We went to see the Bootleg Boss gig here, not for an overnight stay. Had a few drinks and a meal before the gig. The food was great value for money. The staff were very friendly. The venue was perfect size for a small gig. Has a nice bit out the back you can have a drink on a nice day. Worth a visit for a drink if near by.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Tom and Anne H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

63 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    16
    18
    15
    8
    6
See reviews for
9
19
12
5
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (12)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Moscow, Russia
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2014

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.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank NataliaR_Moscow
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ScAtMaN_UK, Manager at The Portland Arms, responded to this review, 6 November 2014
Hi NataliaR
Sorry for the delay in replying and sorry you felt you did not enjoy your stay.
As we are in the north part of the city and the train station in the south we recommend hailing a cab to get to us. We do state that in our booking and travel directions.

As a pub rather than a hotel we are busy at the weekends and do have regular live entertainment throughout the week. All details of any live events are on our website. Music and events always stop at 11pm.

Sorry you had to wait to be seen but again we can get very busy with lunchtime customers. We aim to have extra staff on at busy times.

Thanks for your response.
Steve, Landlord
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers are raving about these Cambridge hotels

London
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Stayed for a couple of nights, and on both nights there was very loud music (what appeared to be a gig) downstairs. The music admittedly stopped at 11pm, but was really an inconvenience. The walls are pretty slim too so could hear neighbours talk late into the night.
Room was clean but not particularly well insulated from the cold.
Shared bathroom was fine.
Would not stay there again, given that some other B&Bs are more comfortable for the same price range in the area.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank LondonDodo3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2014

I enjoyed my stay at the Portland arms yesterday the place was very clean and the staff were very polite and made my stay welcome. I had a nice room that was enough for me as I was alone and the location of the pub was within walking distance of the towns center I would definitely stay there again

Room Tip: there is only a few room available and all are good rooms
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank steve s
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

A weekend trip to visit my daughter at university with my friend. Met by friendly staff and a lovely refurbished outside space. Exellent value for money for Cambridge,television and beverage available in room

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
Helpful?
Thank Nessy007
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2013

Stayed here for one night, as part of a cycling holiday weekend. Didn't want much so basic pub BnB was adequate. Seems to be just three rooms which share a shower room (with toilet) and another toilet. Rooms were clean - perhaps they have cleaned up their act after previous criticisms. Pub is on main road it is a bit noisy with traffic.
Management folks both helpful (allowing us to chain our cycles securely out of public sight). No food served, perhaps because there was a private party going on in the separate room at the back - this did not impact us, we ate elsewhere. No breakfast included, so not a BnB, just a B.
Good location being almost opposite Jesus Green so ten mins walk into town. Cheap enough if that is all you need (as we did).
Marked sleep quality down just due to traffic noise - we did have window open as it was a hot night! I can sleep most places anyhow.
I don't know what people who have rated this one star expect for this money in central Cambridge!

Room Tip: Ask for the room at the back if possible?
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Robert H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 July 2013

"Family" room extremely cramped. Hotel located at road junction so very noisy all night with traffic after late night noise of music and constant banging of doors from pub below.

Worst of all floors and windows of room dirty, bedlinen and towels not fresh, communal shower area grimy with loads of hair and old toothpaste in plugholes and very strong, bad and unidentifiable smell in room.

Overall Yuck!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Ivaylo_12
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cambridge hotels
0.2 mi away
Arundel House Hotel
Arundel House Hotel
#24 of 36 in Cambridge
692 reviews
0.1 mi away
Ashley Hotel
Ashley Hotel
#21 of 36 in Cambridge
171 reviews
0.2 mi away
Lynwood House
Lynwood House
#17 of 121 in Cambridge
150 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Your Space Apartments The Hamiltons
0.6 mi away
Christ's College Cambridge
Christ's College Cambridge
#6 of 37 in Cambridge
60 reviews
0.3 mi away
Lux Living Apartments
Lux Living Apartments
#5 of 37 in Cambridge
10 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The Portland Arms? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The Portland Arms

Property: The Portland Arms
Address: 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 121 B&Bs / Inns in Cambridge
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Portland Arms 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Book Direct Rooms and Evoline ltd so you can book your The Portland Arms reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Portland Arms Hotel Cambridge

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing