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Centennial Hotel
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All reviewsbudget roomcertain charmrailway stationbotanical gardensfree car parkcity centrebit datedbusiness travelminute walkcooked breakfastpriced hotelclean hotelleave the caron site parkingplenty of parkingcomfortable stayshort break
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

I come here each time I visit Cambridge, at least half a dozen times a year, and It is certainly the best value-for-money hotel in which I have stayed. What makes it stand out is the friendliness of the place generated by the owner and his staff who could not be more welcoming. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped with work desk, free Wi-Fi, and the usual facilities. The hotel has an excellent chef and the food is superb, and with a good range of choice. For those visiting Cambridge on holiday, the hotel could hardly be better placed within easy walking distance of the railway station, and there is ample free parking for those journeying by car. Having stayed in several hotels in the city, this is my first choice.

Room Tip: rooms to the rear are as quiet as could reasonably be expected in a busy city
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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6  Thank Brian C
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

The Centennial does have a great location, near to the railway station, and opposite the CAMRA pub of the year, The Flying Pig. However, this hotel is very quirky, and not in a good way. Many rooms front the very busy Hills Road, and I know that you can't move a hotel to a quieter place, but you could have triple glazing, or at least better double glazing. A poor night's sleep, with the added bonus of the hotel's own floodlights shining directly into the rooms (yes there are thick curtains, but there is light spill). In the morning, the new but old school Triton shower just couldn't summon up the effort, and gave up after supplying lukewarm water at low pressure in five second dribbles. Breakfast is served deep downstairs in a depressing, crowded little area. Freshly prepared, not a buffet, but very limited choice.The leaflets in the rooms are very aggressively worded, with warnings of £1,500 fines if found smoking, and strict orders about the dangers of bringing back any takeaway food into the the hotel. Not good value this one.

Room Tip: Ask if your room look onto the main road.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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5  Thank DavidPrescott16
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Reviewed 11 May 2013 via mobile

I stayed here with a group of friends last week and we were all very happy with the level of service provided. Si the owner was more than accommodating and he kept us entertained while we enjoyed a casual drink in the hotel bar. This is a quaint family run hotel in a great location. They know how to look after their quests!!!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank Taskiemaster
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

I have stayed here many times over the past 12 years and am treated like an old friend. One of the hotel's advantages is its location relative to both the station and the centre of town.

As others have noted there is a wonderful personal atmosphere provided by staff, not least the current manager and his parents who looked after the hotel for so many years and still help out. There is a gradual process of freshening and refurbishment going on, but the work does not disturb guests in any way.

Food is good and plentiful, served with a smile. The set evening meal is superb value at £16.50, with ample choice and daily changes of menu. Drinks are very reasonably priced - and they have Calvados in the bar, which I love. Breakfasts are freshly cooked, which is a bonus. This is a change from the dried up and cold bacon and eggs provided in too many large hotels' 'breakfast buffets'.

Beds are comfortable. Some rooms, as noted, are on the small side but this is a result of the architecture of the original buildings. Wi-Fi connection is simple and with a very good signal.

But above all, it's the sense of a hotel lovingly looked after in a family atmosphere that is the winner.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled on business
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Thank MichaelBM
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Last year alone I probably visited the Centennial for 10 stays.

Our office is literally next door therefore it is the obvious choice for me.

The staff is wonderful, they have not a single time complained about the fact that I never check-in before midnight or 1am. They are very friendly.

The breakfast is quite good as well though I must admit I've only had it a few times.

Should you need a hotel near the crossing of Station road and Hills road, this is the one to pick.

Room Tip: There are a few different types of room, I prefer the deluxe rooms in the new building directly adjacent to the lobby entrance
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank glunardi
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