We stayed here for two nights whilst attending the wedding of friends at Caius College. We found it to be a great little hotel in a very useful location with free and easily accesible parking. Getting into Cambridge itself is a pleasant walk either along the river or across Jesus Green and takes about 15 minutes meaning you can leave your car in the hotel car park and avoid the atrocious car parking fees in the city centre altogether. The hotel called me the night before our stay and requested that we check-in at the Arundel House Hotel which is (big) sister hotel to the Ashley due to staffing issues they were currently experiencing. This wasn't a problem as the hotels are only a few hundred yards apart.
Upon arriving at the Arundel House at about 1.15pm check-in was quick and easy and we were given directions to Ashley Hotel. The Ashley Hotel reception is not manned 24 hours but you can contact the Arundel House reception for any reason you would need to speak to reception which is what we had to do when we got to our room in the Ashley Hotel and it hadn't yet been cleaned and made up. I contacted Arundel House and they contacted someone at Ashely Hotel who came to see us whilst I was still on the phone to reception. Apologies were given and we were asked to sit in the Hotel Lounge for about half an hour whilst the room was prepared. We declined this as we were going straight out but left our luggage in the room which was ready when we returned back again at 10.30pm.
Breakfast both mornings was a pleasant experience with acceptably quick service and attentive staff. The cooked breakfast was up to scratch and better than many we have experienced in this country.
The room itself (we were in Room 4 on the first floor), whilst not large was big enough and the small but adequate en-suite was obviously a late addition. We got the feeling that the room had been fairly recently redecorated and both it and the en-suite were very clean.
Check-out was possible in Ashley House and again was quick and easy.
If we ever need to stay in Cambridge again we would stay here without hesitation. Many of the other wedding guests were staying at the Travel Lodge which was only marginally cheaper but there was no free parking and no breakfast included in the price plus the walk into the City was not as pleasurable.
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