What was a reminiscent of past glory old descent hotel (169GBP/a night) turned up to be a quite unhygienic hostel sleep.
The lobby is beautiful and quite a seller, it reminded me of the Grand Budapest Hotel setting.
The lift is lovely and reminiscent of old Haussmannian buildings in central Paris.
But that’s about it.
Coming to the room, it was large and quite a good size for myself, my husband and two children.
The wall paper was missing in parts, the drawers were dirty and had rubbish in them, behind the fading dirty sofa, hasn’t been cleaned for a while.
The bathroom door didn’t close and the sink and the toilet haven’t been scrubbed for a while. Had I stayed longer, I would have gone to the shops to get some bleach.
The air conditioning didn’t work at all. My husband who slept on the sofa, as the double bed wasn’t really a double, had spots on his feet and arms, but we didn’t see any creepy crawlies physically.
Breakfast was quite average but not bad. The grill stopped working every minute and guests kept calling the waiter to put it back on.
The only advantage is it was right in the centre and we really had a nice visit to Cambridge.
But I wouldn’t go back there!
- 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