Booked on the De Vere winter offer where this hotel is dearer than most others, (most of which we have stayed in) so expecting good things. The first issue is the £16/night car parking charge, not mentioned in the offer. The room we were given was very poor, small, old, tired decor, threadbare carpet and cracked tiles in bathroom. Asking for another room the very helpful receptionist showed us 3 other rooms 2 of which were no better. The room we settled in had at least been decorated recently with, new carpet and whilst the bathroom had been given a makeover in essence, it was still very dated. Our evening meal was served in a small restaurant at the front of the hotel. It lacked any ambiance at all and was more of a diner. The waiters were young, inexperienced and got the order wrong. The food however was great. Have now discovered De Vere have sold this hotel, no surprise really, it just doesn't fit with the rest of the group and has clearly been unloved for a long time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of medieval Cambridge, set back from the hustle and bustle of the town and bathed in green lawn lies this rather special historic hotel. It’s an education in quirky British charm and is famous for its hospitality, not to mention its guests over the years from the Beatles to the Krays. Luxurious rooms full of character await, spiral staircases and of course all of Cambridge’s attractions right on your marble doorstep. Take a punt on University Arms and you won’t be disappointed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel De Vere University Arms