This was my second stay at the Cambridge Hotel du Vin. First, the real pluses: The linens, bathroom and service are all top notch and the corridors / library appropriately quirky. The many-alcoved bar is modern and appealing. The late night porters deserve particular mention for their courtesy, efficiency and thoughtfulness.
So what's wrong? Very little, I'd just suggest the manager actually replicates a customer stay in a room. Hopefully he/she would then realise that the configuration and lighting of the rooms doesn't quite work - for example, there are just not enough surfaces and it's impossible to watch tv from the armchair (juggling your drink as there's no table within reach!). Whilst they're there, they may also spot the odd missing light bulb and bits of missed cleaning. Also, the in-room coffee (and fresh milk - great touch, full marks) was wonderful - why then was the bistro coffee so weak and burnt and toast cold (this wasn't a one off)?
I'll be back and I'd recommend it to others, but it's so close to being great, yet just manages not to be (not yet anyway - it's eminently fixable
- 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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