Well designed, pleasantly located hotel: quiet in all senses - very good if you are staying for a few days on business.
Terrific if you are staying on a business rate booked by your employer.
Astonishingly less good value if you pay the rates displayed over the check in desk - does anybody?
Find the 'secret path' to the busway stop, and you are in Cambridge fast. But you'll have to find it yourself - reminiscent of Peartree Holiday Inn in Oxford, where you access the Park and Ride by climbing over a fence. But few buses on Sunday.
Pleasant rooms, with attractively battered late 80's Holiday Inn furniture (the famous tray coffee table) - welcome empty ex-minbar fridge, OK pool: all a little low-key: food in the bar rather incinerated, and the least generous carvery I've ever used (find the roast beef!). Breakfast OK, though a 7.30 start is too late for early Cambridge business.
Bar/restaurant staff generally eager to please. Less amiable at main desk. Conference staff outstanding.
Wi-fi rate extortionate: hardly compensated for by being told 'It will be free from later this year!'
All bar beers synthetic or foreign, in a prime craft brewing region.
Pleasant hotel. But a bit shabby - the Premier Inn across the road is much cleaner, brighter and more sensibly run. Wifi is cheaper there too.
This hotel has a potential massively greater than the imagination being brought to running it by its brand at present. Some proper gardening in the courtyards, for example? A better range of TV channels? (Am I the only BBC4 watcher in the world?)
Real beer? A proper cold bar buffet? The managers of Holiday inns ought to get out more....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Cambridge hotel has a great location on the A14, J32 and just 2 1/2 miles from Cambridge city centre and it is an excellent base for visiting local attractions. The hotel offers a range of facilities for both business and leisure travellers including Kids Stay and Eat Free*. Facilities include 161 fully air-conditioned bedrooms, High Speed Internet access in all bedrooms and public areas, conference and banqueting facilities for up to 120 people plus Spirit Health and Leisure Club. The hotel has a state of the art Conference Centre boasting 9 purpose built meeting rooms that cater for all requirements from training courses, boardroom meetings and conferences to weddings and dinner dances. The hotel has 200 free car parking spaces. The Leisure Club offers a gym, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and is complimented by two Beauty Treatment Rooms (advance booking required). Both accessible and family rooms are available at the hotel. The Holiday Inn Cambridge hotel provides an ideal base for visiting local attractions including the colleges of Cambridge University, Duxford Air Museum, Newmarket and Ely Cathedral. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Cambridge Hotel Cambridge
- Cambridge Holiday Inn