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“Ideal break for all the family, 10 mins from Cambridge”

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Holiday Inn Cambridge
Ranked #13 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
Great Yarmouth
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“Ideal break for all the family, 10 mins from Cambridge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2010

We stayed here for the May Bank Holiday for 2 nights with our 2 daughters aged 9 and 4. I got a real bagain £35 per night for a family room on the Holiday Inn website. Also I had booked it for March and my daughter had chicken pox and it stated you could not change it as was a prepaid offer, I rang Central Reservations and they wanted £70 to change it, so I then rang the hotel direct and they changed it for nothing, honored the price and let me change it to the Bank Holiday weekend, which I really appreciated. Breakfast is £10.95 each and children under 12 years are eat free, that even applies in the evening in the hotel restaurant. The food is great, you can not fault it, too much really! The only complaint I have is a bottle of wine was £23, which I thought was very expensive, even for a hotel. The hotel is a bit tired and our room was a bit tatty, but clean, fresh towels each day, tea and coffee and for what I paid I couldn't complain, it was a big room, two double beds and we looked out on to horses in the field. Cambridge City centre is 10 mins away in the car and really easy to get to, there is a park and ride down the road from the hotel as well. The pool was really warm, with a steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and there is a fully equipped gym, which you have full use of during your stay There is also a beauty salon and all the staff in the leisure area were really friendly. Every member of staff was polite and the waiting staff at breakfast were really helpful and also in the evening. If you come out of the hotel and turn right there is a village called Histon, which has about 5 pubs, a chinese restaurant (which is excellent), Indian, Tesco Express and a Co-op. We would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2010

I stayed here with work colleagues. It was good value for a hotel in Cambridge, although a little out af the way and you need to get taxis into Cambridge. It does have free parking though.
The place is looking very tired. The rooms are tatty, the towels were thread bare, pillows small and uncomfortable. The rooms were clean though.
My main gripe would be that as residents, we were unable to get a drink after 11pm. In fact they closed the bar and threw us out! So don't stay here if you want a night cap!
Breakfast was ok - usual buffet style
There are definitely better hotels in Cambridge, but they do cost more money. So I suppose you get what you pay for!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2010

We stayed in an executive room which was reasonably large, clean and comfortable. The decor was modern with Japanese style screens instead of curtains which really made sleeping easy.

However what really let the place down was a complete lack of attention to detail. The mini bar was locked (no key provided), the shower didn't work at all during the evening (strangely it was fine the following morning), the tv had a habit of switching itself off and on closer inspection the remote control batteries were held in place by duck tape. I wanted some information regarding check out time and breakfast but there was no hotel information pack to be found anywhere.....By the end of our one night stay I was just plain irritated!

I can't tell whether this was just a one off but I wouldn't risk booking again to find out!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2010

The hotel was amazing. When i mean ignorance i mean total seclusion from the road or the inner suburbs of the city. Don't get me wrong, cambridge is a great place, but when you're in a hotel you want to be able to be at the most only have to hear the guests down the corridor, not the M80 that runs beside the wall, like we've seen at other holiday inns. This hotel was an exeptional, quiet, clean,honest etc.
We particulary wanted full use of the pool/spa facilities-which are amazingly clean and well kept. Everything was working and even when we lost a towel they gave us two and an apology-very good staff and service too.

we were staying half board for two nights and so we had breakfast in the morning at the junction restaurant{holiday inns own restaurant branding} within the hotel, The food was perfect,it was clean and was a buffet style yet the food was fresh and served with a smile and passion, exactly what i expected from a 5 star hotel. We would have stayed half-board, but from experience{staying 3-4 times} the evening meals and food after 2:30pm is quite expensive, but good quality. onsite car parking good,secure easy to reach.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2010

Just back from 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Cambridge. We had an executive room at an excellent price. Also gym/pool/ free for residents. Dinner in the hotel was good as was the service. It was only half full when we stayed so maybe we were lucky. Breakfast disappointing, tasteless cooked food and cheap bread.

The executive block is located quite a long walk from the reception/restaurant area which could be a problem for those who are not too mobile. Room was fine although very over-heated and the pillows were hard as stones. Although not located in town it was only 10 mins to the city centre by taxi.

Be warned about the mini bar, it is computerised so if you move anything around the computer will assume you have drunk something and charge you for it!

City centre hotels can charge £15 a day for parking and the Holiday Inn has free parking although by the time you take a taxi into town and then back again it works out the same.

Our check out was very good. Bill was under the door on our final day, you sign off a card if you agree with the total and just hand it over to the receptionist as you leave - no fuss, no wait.

If you can get the price we got I would definitely recommend the hotel to others.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2010

The hotel is clean, tidy and the staff are helpful. The food is of good quality, the rooms look they've seen better days so could probably do with a refresh. The shower was ok, quite powerful. Bed was relatively comfortable. It is a distance from Cambridge City Centre so you'd have to get a taxi in to town which is about £10, the reception staff were helpful. I picked this hotel because it looked the best the bunch the ones in the actual centre didn't look that great. Internet access in room far too pricey but had to work in room so needed it but service was sporadic and dropped from time to time.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Lincolnshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2010

We spent one night here, in order to attend a concert at one of the Cambridge colleges.

The hotel was easy to get to, and easy to find, and check-in was very easy. Upon arrival at our room, we found a large, clean, comfortable room with bed, sofa, chairs, desk, etc. What we also found was chilled champagne in an ice bucket, and a box of chocolates, neither of which we had ordered. When we mentioned this at the desk on our way out, it turns out that these had been intended for guests in another room. Sadly, both had vanished by the time we got back in the evening!

We didn't eat an evening meal in the hotel, but did try out the swimming pool before breakfast in the morning. The leisure centre (which also included a multi-gym, a dance studio, and jacuzzi, steam room and sauna around the poolside) was excellent, clean, with towels provided, and we enjoyed a lovely swim.

Breakfast was very busy, with service consequently slow, however it was the usual Holiday Inn fare: a wide selection of cereals, an excellent selection of full English fare, and various breads, fruit, cheeses, confections, toast, etc. A very filling breakfast which left us requiring no lunch.

The only real downside to our stay was the 20 minute wait to check out, only for reception to attempt to take more than twice the agreed fee for the room, even though the agreed rate had been pre-paid. I left a telephone number and, almost 36 hours later, have yet to receive the promised telephone call to confirm the checkout! A great shame, as otherwise it was a very comfortable, quiet hotel, ideally situated 10 minutes drive from the centre of Cambridge.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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