My partner and I stayed at the Ayah Villa Guest House from 28th February - 2nd March 2014 in order to attend a friend's wedding in Cambridge. We booked our twin room (room 4) only two days before our stay via LateRooms.com. When I telephoned to confirm our reservation, I was very politely reassured that the booking had gone through ok.
A sign on the front door of the guest house claims "you will be sure to feel at home here" and that was most certainly the case from the moment we walked in. Although we unfortunately did not catch her name, the lady who let us in and took care of us throughout our stay was the most sweet, friendly and welcoming guest house owner I have ever met - I am extremely well travelled and stay in guest houses roughly once per month, so I have met quite a few! We didn't really need anything special on this occasion but it was obvious that nothing would have been too much trouble. The lady offered to push our beds together and re-make them as a double when she realised we were a couple.
Location and facilities:
The Ayah Villa Guest House is very easy to find with a well-lit and sign-posted driveway entrance right on the main road, and has ample off-road guest parking. If you are checking in later in the day you might be left with the parking spaces closest to the building which are a bit of a squeeze to get into, even with a small car, if the minibus is parked opposite (as it was when we arrived).
Although the hostel could do with some minor repairs and modernising, such as re-painting the skirting boards and doors and perhaps updating the decor a little bit, it is light, airy, warm and spotlessly clean throughout.
Our beds were very comfortable with high quality, white linen and two pillows each. The shower in our en suite was very powerful and very simple to use. The satellite television and unlimited free wifi worked perfectly - we were even able to stream a TV show. The only disappointment with our room was that the bidet attachment on the toilet did not appear to work.
There is a bus stop directly opposite the driveway which takes you into the centre of Cambridge in 20-30 minutes (the number 7). There is also a range of shops, including a Waitrose supermarket and some excellent food-serving pubs, only a 10-15 minute around the corner. Despite being situated on such a main road, we did not hear any traffic noise whatsoever, even with the window open.
Although hot drinks facilities are not available in individual guest rooms, there is a hot drinks machine available 24/7 in the breakfast area, which is centrally situated and very close to all of the rooms. There are even free biscuits left out throughout the night for if you get peckish! I am very stereotypically British in that I need and expect a supply of decent tea, and I was quite worried when I saw that the hot drinks came out of a machine. Having lived in Italy for a long time, good coffee and hot chocolate are also important to me! I needn't have worried at all as the tea and hot chocolate were all as nice as, if not slightly better than, what I drink at home! I didn't try the coffee. There is always fresh milk available in a jug in the mini fridge. Apparently the hot drinks machine is usually only available from 7.30am - 11.30pm but someone destroyed the timer and, as terrible as that is, we were glad because we were able to make a lovely mug of hot chocolate after getting back from the wedding reception at 2am!
Although we did miss the option of a cooked breakfast, the continental breakfast was very good with a range of foods available including: cereals, brown and white toast with a variety of jams and marmalades, two types of mini muffin, a range of fresh fruit, two fruit juices, millionaires' shortbread(!), and yoghurts. The yoghurts were Asda's own brand variety and there only seemed to be slightly strange flavours available - it would have been nice to have the option of plain, natural yoghurt with the fruit.
I feel it is worth mentioning that you can hear other people in their rooms. We only heard some very dim chatter from next door and the floor above creaked a little bit - but we had very polite neighbours so this did not bother us at all and we slept very well. Perhaps this would be different with inconsiderate neighbours.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and were very comfortable. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Worst bit: lack of a cooked breakfast option.
Best bit: the wonderful hostess and the free biscuits!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- property description; A stylish contemporary Cambridge UK based bed and breakfast / guesthouse located just off the M11 motorway offering exclusive off street parking, ideal for business and leisure visitors. Located approximately three miles from Cambridge City Center, and London Stansted is 25 miles. The Ayah Villa guesthouse offers fully en suite single, double, twin and family rooms as well as a buffet style breakfast included in all bookings. Rooms are equipped with free view television and DVD facilities as well as wireless (WIFI) Internet access and travel cot available for family rooms (on request) all inclusive ... more less
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