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Holiday Inn Cambridge
Ranked #13 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
UK
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Average Holiday Inn room - updates wouldn't hurt”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2009

Stayed a number of times, rooms are OK but some could do with refurbishment, they suffer from the normal things like windows not shutting properly and very dim lighting. Bathrooms are OK but still have shower curtains rather than a screen, Holiday Inns in the US at least have a curved curtain rail so that the curtain does not touch you when you're in the shower. Food is quite good but not cheap, breakfast is pretty good and you can check out while having breakfast which is a great time saver. Internet access is via a cable in the room and WiFi in the public areas and is extortionately expensive, as a business hotel this should be free! Empty mini bars in most rooms (why?) so the fridge just uses power and makes noise.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled on business
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2009

I stayed here for one night whilst on a course at the Cambridge Science park. This hotel is comfortable and fine for a business trip, but I wouldn't dream of staying here if on holiday.

It's just off the A14 and has ample parking. The rooms are clean, well equipped and spacious. Service is very good and friendly. I got a free newspaper (Independent) as a Priority Club reward.

If you're not travelling by car it's a poor place to stay. I walked into the city centre (although I had driven there after a day sitting down I wanted to stretch my legs). It was at least 45 minutes walk into the city - along not particularly pleasant roads - and to get back cost about £10 in a cab.

I was surprised and a little disappointed that the soundproofing between the rooms was quite poor - I could clearly hear the person in the next room opening and closing cupboard doors, arriving and leaving.

In summary this place is fine if you're on business, travelling by car and don't particularly want to do anything other than sit at the bar with other solo business travellers in the evening. Otherwise I'd stay elsewhere.

Stayed October 2009, travelled on business
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Bristol
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2009

We stayed here whilst visiting family nearby, on an autumn saver deal which gave us 2 nights B&B with one evening meal. There were a few minor issues (see below) but overall it was a good stay. You need a car to stay here as it is out of town.
We stayed in a family room with two double beds, a sofa, a chair and a coffee table which was very roomy although the mattresses were quite soft. We got this room as it was the same price as the normal double (so worth checking when you book).
The minor issues we had were one towel between two which they very quickly rectified, expensive internet and also turning on the fridge led to a bill for the minibar which again they quickly sorted out.
The swimming pool / jacuzzi etc were very good, the food at breakfast and the evening meal were good for a hotel.
Will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Bucks, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2009

A standard Holiday Inn in a good rural location just off the A14 (Junction 32), however it is not in the centre of Cambridge !

This is a low-rise (two floors) but quite expansive complex of interconnected buildings comprising the Reception / Bar / Restaurant area, the Room blocks, and the Gym / Pool / Leisure Club . Access to Rooms on the upper floor seemed to be by stairs only (no lifts?) so less mobile guests would need a ground-floor room.

Be advised that the Postcode for this hotel has been recently changed - If your satnav does not recognise the new Postcode (CB24 9PH) then search for "Histon" instead !

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2009

Stayed here for the May Bank Holiday with friends. The otel is nicely placed in a small village about 10 minutes drive from the centre of the city. The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was comfortable, although as other reviewers have noted the decor is little tired. The room was, however, scrupulously clean. The facilities were good, with a gym and bar / restaurant attached. The buffet breakfast was a delight!

This was a great hotel and aside from the tired decor, the hotel was great.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2009

We have just returned from a weekend at the Cambridge Holiday Inn, there were 21 of us in all, from 1 year to 85, and 8 of us were celebrating May birthdays. We were very pleased with the hotel, all the staff were cheerful, polite and helpful - and we did need some help, high chair and cot for the baby and wheelchair for the oldest member of the party. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We would certainly recommend this to other people. The pool, rooms, restaurant were all very clean and well run.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2009

We stayed at this Holiday Inn on a Sunday night in February, on the way to Norfolk. Location wise it's pretty convenient, just off the main road and not far from the park and ride at Milton. Plenty of parking around the hotel.

Public areas are tidy and contemporary, reception staff were polite if a little robotic and lacking warmth. But it's all about the rooms, and our double was very tired and dated in it's decor. A good size, but dark and gloomy with old fashioned lamps, old varnished furniture that was chipped, and the lumpiest and most uncomfortable bed I've encountered in a hotel - like a water bed without the fun.

Breakfast was ok but staff seemed rushed and hurried and more keen to get tables ready for lunch than attend to breakfast diners - my pet hate of spraying the neighboring table with cleaning fluid whilst we were eating took place. Grrrr.

Luckily we only paid £65 but any more I would have felt ripped off. A Premier Inn is being built across the road and they will have to up their game to compete with them. The only highlight was a very good curry in the nearby village of Histon, at the Indian Ocean - excellent food and service, and good value.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Holiday Inn Cambridge
Address: Lakeview Bridge Road, Cambridge CB24 9PH, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Cambridge 3*
Number of rooms: 161
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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