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“Ok hotel with parking in good location”
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The Gonville Hotel
Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
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“Ok hotel with parking in good location”
Reviewed 28 September 2011

Parking is at a premium in Cambridge and having it available at this hotel so close to the city centre was fantastic.

The other main plus was the location. It was only a 5 min or so walk to town. Having Parker's Piece across the road also meant we could take the kids down for a quick game of football and some general running around.

The family room we stayed in was very sizeable - if a little too close to the road. The noise that came through on the Saturday night disturbed our sleep somewhat.

The cooling in the room was poor when we had a hot day on the Sunday. When we asked how to get the air-conditioner working we were told it wasn't for cooling. Reception eventually (after some prodding, it has to be said) provided a small table fan - which helped a little. I think the is a little poor when you are paying 170 pounds a night.

The beds were reasonably comfortable.

The ensuite bathroom floor squeaked noisily at every step and it was strangley uneven.

The breakfast was pretty decent but nothing special - with the usual continental and cooked options.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Christopher O, General Manager at The Gonville Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2016
Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to tell you that all the hotel has now been refurbished and is totally different now from when you last stayed.

We would love to welcome you back soon.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review,

Kind regards,

Christopher Ogston
General Manager
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

Just very convieniet to get to, without being tangled in Camridges awful one way system. After parking you can walk to town and avoid car problems. Room was good although on the expensive side, breakfast also so we went out

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Christopher O, General Manager at The Gonville Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2016
Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to tell you that all the hotel has now been refurbished and is totally different now from when you last stayed.

We would love to welcome you back soon.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review,

Kind regards,

Christopher Ogston
General Manager
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Devon
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

We stayed here for just one night en route to a wedding celebration in East Anglia. The Gonville was a 5-10 minute walk into the centre of Cambridge, across the park, so conveniently located for sightseeing, with free parking - at a premium in this town.
The Reception staff were friendly and welcoming, and we were able to leave our car in the car park for a few extra hours on the morning of our departure. The recently decorated and upgraded room on the ground floor was extremely comfortable, with good quality contemprary bedding and furnishings. The wet room was a particularly memorable feature, with a massive and powerful shower and large fluffy towels.
We ate out in the town in the evening, so did not sample the restaurant, but the buffet breakfast was excellent, with a wide choice of delicious fresh pastries, cheese, meat etc. The full English breakfast was cooked to order, and apparently excellent (according to my husband, who knows a good full English when he has one....).
We would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a convenient place to stay in Cambridge; whilst the published room rates were quite expensive, I phoned the Best Western main number and got a better one-night rate than the hotel itself could offer.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Christopher O, General Manager at The Gonville Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2016
Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to tell you that all the hotel has now been refurbished and is totally different now from when you last stayed.

We would love to welcome you back soon.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review,

Kind regards,

Christopher Ogston
General Manager
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

We stayed in one of the recently renovated rooms at the Gonville Hotel for one night. The room was well furnished and clean, though quite small. The bathroom was fine. The bed was very comfortable. There is free wifi and free parking. Buses to the city center run near the hotel but it is only a short walk to the university area via Parker's Piece or Regent Street. The staff were very helpful and courteous. There is a nice sitting area with a bar behind the reception area. We only ate breakfast and that was good. In all, a very good hotel in a quite area a little way from the city center which by Cambridge standards is quite good value.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Christopher O, General Manager at The Gonville Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2016
Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to tell you that all the hotel has now been refurbished and is totally different now from when you last stayed.

We would love to welcome you back soon.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review,

Kind regards,

Christopher Ogston
General Manager
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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We stayed at this hotel for one night. The room had recently been renovated (111) and was very comfortable with a well designed wet room. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The location was great for us, a short walk to the centre and to friends living off Mill Road.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Christopher O, General Manager at The Gonville Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2016
Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to tell you that all the hotel has now been refurbished and is totally different now from when you last stayed.

We would love to welcome you back soon.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review,

Kind regards,

Christopher Ogston
General Manager
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

Booked for just the one night B&B
All Staff I encontered were friendly and helpful.
I believe the hotel is going through refurbishment and I benefited from a new refurbed room.
Room was nice and modern with good heating controls and Double shower Wet room.
The double bed was one of the comforiest I have ever slept on. so top marks for that!!!
Even got free Wi-Fi, which is getting more rare nowadays!
Great choice of breakfast and again good service.
Only a short walk into to Town, so very handy for discovering the sights of Cambridge.
All in all a very pleasant stay and would happily book again if passing through.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Christopher O, General Manager at The Gonville Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2016
Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to tell you that all the hotel has now been refurbished and is totally different now from when you last stayed.

We would love to welcome you back soon.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review,

Kind regards,

Christopher Ogston
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

SERVICES: Were good, Reception & Breakfast staff very polite and helpful.
ROOMS: During 1st week stay room was very nice, spacious, modern, but had NO wardrobe or closet. Just exposed hanging rail. Ok for overnight stay, but VERY inconvenient for longer stay !!!. During 2nd weeks stay, even smaller room was given !!! on basis hotel was full. Somehow I dont believe staff did their best to accommodate the request (although they said they did), so had to endure the smallest room !!!
LOCATION: very good and central to town.
LIKED BEST: Location and modern rooms (except size & no clothes storage area)

Room Tip: Front view rooms overlooking garden are old furnature, but OK. Modern style rooms are on side and ma...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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Christopher O, General Manager at The Gonville Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2016
Dear Guest,

I am very pleased to tell you that all the hotel has now been refurbished and is totally different now from when you last stayed.

We would love to welcome you back soon.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review,

Kind regards,

Christopher Ogston
General Manager
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Property: The Gonville Hotel
Address: Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#6 Family Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Gonville Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and run 4 star 84 bedroom hotel, with recently refurbished public areas and rooms. Virtual concierge system in all rooms via Apple Ipads make service requests easy by the touch of a button. Free Fibre Optic high speed Wifi throughout. Limited on site car parking for residents. Located in central Cambridge overlooking the famous Parker's Peice a 25 acre open park, near to the rail and coach stations. Ideal for visiting the many Historic University buildings and close to the main shopping areas. ... more   less 
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