A two night city break in Cambridge - primarily to see Regina Spektor at the Corn Exchange - brought us to the Hotel du Vin. Cambridge by the way is excellent, I can't believe I'd never been before, and on a hot weekend in July it was a lovely city to stroll around - albeit that we had to swim against the tides of tourists and massive groups of visiting students.
The Hotel du Vin was warm and inviting in most respects as expected and lived up to the chain's reputation. The meal we ate there on night two was very good with particular mention going to the Sommelier who spent a decent amount of time working out our tastes and then recommended two excellent wines which made for a very enjoyable evening!
The bedroom was perfectly lovely - we were in the Marques room - with a fantastic Monsoon shower that I could have stayed in all day and a standalone bathtub that M nearly did. Bed comfy and splendid crisp white linens.
Couple of points of minor irritation - no ipod doc and no free wifi connection which i am starting to think should be standard really for a hotel of that class - this has had an impact on value rating, also there is a DVD player in the room but when i asked if i could borrow a DVD the receptionist told me 'we can't do that anymore because of copyright law' which i thought was pants. Additionally, although no one was rude (and the restaurant staff in the evening were very lovely) the hotel staff were very anonymous - or rather we were anonymous to them. I fell down the stairs and twisted my ankle quite badly in some pretty high heels on the Saturday night - my fault not theirs - but despite the fact that it was quite obvious i was in pain (and hadn't been the day before) no one made comment or offered a seat or a word of sympathy - bit sad.
- 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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