I spent one night at Hotel du Vin while visiting Cambridge for work. I wish I could have stayed longer, as this was one of the nicer places that I have stayed in. The hotel is a rambling building about 5 minutes walk from the middle of Cambridge, all very nicely remodeled. The rooms are individually configured, and have names rather than numbers, reflecting the individualization. My room was on the top (attic) floor, and it was very nice indeed. Bed was super-comfortable, as was the armchair and other furnishings. But the bathroom, oh the bathroom, it was to die for. Perhaps the best shower I've ever had, and luxurious and huge towels. Espresso maker in the room was cute, though I appreciated that there was also a kettle for more basic needs (though they forgot to provide coffee to go with it). Free wifi was unusually fast (and even faster, at some times of the day, was the eduroam wifi network, which visitors to Cambridge with academic connections might be able to connect to automatically - must have been due to a nearby CU building). I arrived in the morning from a transatlantic flight. I wasn't able to check in early as I had hoped, but I was able to hang out in the rather pleasant 'library' downstairs, and I was given a nice pot of coffee while I waited. The staff in general were very pleasant indeed. Overall, I was very satisfied with HdV, and I'd readily stay there again, if I had the opportunity (and the budget).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful hotel in Cambridge city centre was a former University-owned building on Trumpington Street which has been transformed to enhance its many quirky architectural features.Forty one bedrooms and suites, some with private terraces, have been carved out of the former University-owned building, alongside our trademark bistro with the first Hotel du Vin open-style kitchen and curiously labyrinthine cellar bar. Dating back in part to medieval times, Hotel du Vin Cambridge boasts a cosy library, private events room perfect for special occasions, meetings and events. The bistro and bar are available for residents, locals and visitors alike at Hotel du Vin & Bistro Cambridge. ... more less
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