I stayed at the Lensfield as I had a conference on the Cambridge campus. The hotel is a bit out of the way-- I walked 30 minutes to the conference college, but it is only about a 15 minute walk from the city center and some other Cambridge colleges.
I had traveled from Scotland, so I arrived very late and I was worried that they would close the hotel. They had some issues with the night clerk, which they told me was rare, but it was very stressful trying to get into the hotel before it would be locked. I would call ahead if you have issues like I did.
The people who own the hotel are very professional and serious. I only found one woman to be "friendly", but I appreciated that they take their hotel very seriously. I accidentally left an earring, and got a very nice email letting me know they could mail it to me.
I enjoyed breakfast, as it was somewhat formal. They seat you and bring coffee and toast. Breakfast was fantastic-- typical British fare (eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes), but also amazing cakes and pastries. Coffee is great and it is brought in a carafe.
I really liked the size of the room, and had fast internet connections (which costs extra). I had enough closet space and drawers to put my clothes. I appreciated the decor, which was somewhat Victorian meets shabby chic. My room had a view of the street, and it could get loud on occasion. I must say, I will remember one evening fondly when I had my window open and hearing the rain and the window rattle. It was a lovely experience (no sarcasm intended). The hotel is old, but that is part of its charm. A honeymooner would love it.
Some cons-- the stairs are daunting especially if you bring some luggage (but you can do it!) and the street traffic can get a bit much (bring some earplugs). The water temperature/pressure varied a bit, but it was nothing unbearable. It is the result of an older hotel. Also, parking looks like it would be an issue, and it can be difficult to cross the street as a pedestrian to get to the hotel.
Overall, it was a nice experience. I would recommend it, if you like staying in a professionally run, older hotel with some charm.
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