We were staying here with two sets of friends to attend a function and had booked for two nights. The Hotel is located just a few minutes walk from zillions of restaurants, the main shopping area and the colleges. Sadly that is the only shining light!
The food is ok. Not fantastic, just ok. We had a pre-arranged meal on the Friday night and although the starter and dessert were quite nice, the main course looked like it had been 'keeping warm' for a good hour. The veg were crinkly and crispy and dried out and what was supposed to be a wine jus for our chicken breast tasted like bovril or at best a stock cube. We ordered two bottles of wine which arrived at our table just as we finished the last mouthful of our main course! Not Good.
The one thing I can almost guarantee about this hotel is that you WILL NOT get a peaceful nights sleep. I can honestly say that I have never ever stayed in a noisier hotel room than here, and that includes some located at airports. The hotel sits aside a public park and this also appears to be the main thoroughfare for the 1000's of late night revellers. There was a constant noise all evening but this really peaked around 3am when most of the towns nightclubs and bars started to close. I say started because this stream of shouting, swearing, urinating mob, continued to stream past our room window until 4:40.
We did of course complain to the management but all they could do was to offer to call the police. We asked to be moved but following a fire at the hotel earlier in the week they had fewer rooms available so this was not possible. However, they did offer ear plugs. Looking over other reviews on this hotel, I see this is a common problem.
If you need any sleep at all, this is NOT for you. It certainly isn't for me ever again even if they offered me a free week.
As I write this, all I can think about (with dread) is the lack of sleep I know I will have tonight (Saturday).
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hotel De Vere University Arms