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“In the realm of the blind....”
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Hotel Felix
Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Cambridge
The Hague, The Netherlands
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220 reviews
157 hotel reviews
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“In the realm of the blind....”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

First of all: In the UK it is better to book a room directly with the hotel than through the Agoda's of this world. Direct booking will give you a free or full English breakfast, whereas you get no or only a continental breakfast through an agent, at the same price.
That being said, the full works at the Felix are a bit disappointing: hard runners and bacon, poor mushrooms and sloppy potatoes. the toast is fine, though.
It is a shame that the Felix has no bicycles available either for free or for rent. The distance to Cambridge is a 20 minutes walk and busses are not frequent in the evening.
The outside on the picture is the only memory of the past that lingers, the interior is completely refurbished to the taste of a local interior designer.
To our surprise there are not many suitable hotels available in Cambridge, so in the realm of the blind, the one eyed man is king.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Suzanne R, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hotel Felix, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Many thanks for your review. Indeed you are correct that we offer excellent rates and include full English breakfast for bookings made directly through the hotel. It is interesting that you mention bike hire at the hotel. We actually looked into this recently as we too thought that guests would love to cycle down the leafy avenue into town. Sadly, however, we had to abandon the idea due to... Health and Safety issues. Sorry!

Hotel Felix is based around a beautiful Victorian Villa built in 1852 for a surgeon who worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Since its conversion to a hotel, the owners have been very sympathetic and in spite of its contemporary design, many period features still abound, including the feature arch window at the top of the staircase, as well as the original wooden bannister. The bay windows in our restaurant and private rooms are original and many guests comment on the ornate working fireplace in Graffiti Restaurant. Some of the splendid specimen trees in our grounds must be almost 150 years old. We like to think that Hotel Felix is a wonderful blend of stylish contemporary comfort and 19th Century inspiration.
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Reviewed 14 May 2014 via mobile

Gd rate per night for the area and is not like chain hotels. It is a boutique hotel, food is ok but expensive. Rooms are clean and staff are friendly. Definitely recommend this hotel to others who want a change in the usual chain hotels that you get in the area.

Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Suzanne R, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hotel Felix, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Hotel Felix is a privately-owned hotel and as such the beautiful interior design, contemporary art collection and the service that we provide sets us apart from chain hotels, many of which are dictated to by Head Office. I'm glad that you feel that we offer good value for money - we intend to do just that. With regard to food, we offer a variety of menus from the à la carte menu which is served in our fine dining Graffiti Menu, to our set price lunch menu and our Café Bar menu, both of which are very affordable.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

I have stayed in a number of hotels in the Cambridge area over the years, and we decided to try this after my partner had a business meeting there and he had been impressed with what he had seen of the hotel.

It is a nice looking hotel and the welcome by reception was extremely friendly and efficient.

As we were only staying the one night, we went for the standard king size room. It is extremely rare we don’t upgrade or have a junior suite, so I was a little nervous. I needn’t have been as it was a very good sized room, with a big comfy bed (and it was comfy!). It was Bank Holiday weekend, so although the hotel was busy and our room was on the ground floor it was very quiet in our actual room. There wasn’t a lot of wardrobe space, plenty for one night, but I believe the larger rooms have more wardrobe space and with that in mind had we have been staying for more than 2 nights, I would upgrade – but definitely not worth it for one night! The bathroom was well designed with a separate shower – I really do not like showers over the bath for many reasons including safety – and it had under floor heating, which was frankly divine!

The conservatory area is lovely to sit and relax in (the hotel cannot be blamed for the unruly children, that lay with the parents – who didn’t seem to know they had children!). The gardens are beautiful and again there is a lovely sitting area (sadly, we had traditional Bank Holiday weather!). We had dinner at the hotel, and I wouldn’t say it was wonderful, because frankly it was just about average. They had run out of my chosen starter and I personally felt the menu was a bit lacking in choice. Having said that, my dining companions thoroughly enjoyed their meal and I am fussy eater! Breakfast was okay, a good continental selection and there is a separate menu for a cooked breakfast (there is a supplement for this). I don’t know what the cooked breakfasts were like, as ours never arrived!

The only reason I haven't given an excellent is dinner was just okay and breakfast never turned up. Also, although the service was very friendly it was somewhat slow (very slow to be honest) and there were language issues on quite a few occasions - but that is much the same in any hotel these days!

All the staff were very friendly and helpful and I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Cambridge or the surrounding area (we were racing at Huntingdon). In my view, the hotel is good value, with friendly staff, the rooms are lovely and it is easy to get to and easy to park – and it is a short trip into Cambridge. Enjoy!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Suzanne R, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hotel Felix, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
I really appreciate the feedback that you have given following your stay over Bank Holiday weekend, but am sorry that the sun was shy as it tends to be just when we have a little more time to enjoy it! I apologise also for the behaviour of the unruly children that you mentioned. We don't see them very often, but tend to find that dogs are better behaved and we welcome them in our rooms. You mention our comfy beds as most guests do. All bedrooms have Hypnos mattresses and underfloor heating in bathrooms, as you mention. Sorry that we just missed out on an 'excellent' score and I have pointed out your comments regarding service to our General Manager. Great to hear that you appreciated the customer service for which we have a really fantastic reputation.
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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We took advantage of their Spring offer to get a superior double and dinner for two (including late check out and breakfast) for a very reasonable £140 and enjoyed our stay. The staff were very polite and helpful, the room nice (if a little dark/plain) and dinner was delicious. We found the tea tray eventually in the cupboard, and thought it a nice touch that the milk was fresh (and stored in the mini bar). It would have been nice, however, to have had a biscuit or two to go with the tea!
Breakfast was perfectly adequate - a help yourself bar of juice, pastries and yoghurt/fruit, with the option of ordering a cooked breakfast - it was this that let them down slightly as it was just a bit ordinary/ slightly dried out, and they didn't quite get our order right - the table next to us had even more of a mix up!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Suzanne R, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hotel Felix, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Many thanks for your recent review. Our Spring offer did represent good value for money didn't it? I was very sorry to hear that your cooked breakfast did not meet our usual standards, for which I am very sorry indeed. If you apologised to your server, this would have allowed us to put things right. I am unsure as to whether you did or did not.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Went to this hotel on a Groupon voucher deal.In the write up it mentions an excellent rooms and and Restaurant.........Can I say that this is true however on our visit the food was a lot to be desired and ruined the evening.The setting and location of the Hotel is good where if you want to you can catch a bus into the city which is not to far away. Our room was excellent but a very limited choice of tv channels(if your interested) all the facilities are there.The bar has a limited amount of ales There is also a garden area which is excellent to sit outside when the old british summer arrives for its one day,As i said we had a bad expierence in the restaurant but this was made up by the management and can say that the meal we eventually recieved was one of the best meals ever.All in all an excellent venue,I would of give 5 but for the original meal,,,,,5 next time hopefully

Room Tip: We had room 20. not to far from anywhere in the hotel
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Suzanne R, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hotel Felix, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you for your recent review. Did you intend to review Hotel Felix? I say this simply because we have never run a promotion through Groupon.
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Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

We have recently held a number of family celebrations at the Graffiti and have always been delighted with the care and attention to detail that we are afforded. My mother is disabled and has very specific needs in terms of positioning, both for comfort and dignity. The staff are kind and respectful in ensuring her needs are met. We have enjoyed lunches, afternoon teas and evening meals, we consider the staff and management are a very professional and competent team. It's one of our favourites! They've even arranged balloon bouquets for special days!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Gary C
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Suzanne R, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hotel Felix, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
What a delight to read your review - thank you so much! Here at Hotel Felix, we believe in the true art of hospitality and do our very best to deliver it to the highest standards.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

A gorgeous hotel in beautiful surroundings. Room was comfortable, the underfloor bathroom heating a nice bonus. Only thing not to my taste was the food which was a shame as we had booked a special offer which included breakfast and evening meal. The evening meal was from a set menu with little choice (a fish dish, Meat dish or veggie option) We could've choosen from a different menu but that carried a large supplement. Would stay again but without the food

  • Stayed April 2014
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Suzanne R, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hotel Felix, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us, but sorry that you were a little disappointed with the lack of choice for dinner. You had booked on our special Spring Break for which a set dinner menu was included. This was stated on our website and in the confirmation letter that you would have received. A set menu containing a fish, meat and vegetarian choice is surely acceptable? You could have paid a little more and chosen from our varied and inventive a la carte menu.
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Property: Hotel Felix
Address: Whitehouse Lane, Cambridge CB3 0LX, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#4 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#7 Business Hotel in Cambridge
#7 Family Hotel in Cambridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Felix 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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