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Thompson's Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8AQ – Show map
Excellent location — rated 9.3/10! (score from 411 reviews)
Rated by guests after their stay at The Varsity Hotel & Spa.
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Terrace, Sun terrace
Fitness centre, Spa and wellness centre, Hot tub
Food & Drink
Restaurant, Bar, Restaurant (à la carte), Special diet menus (on request)
Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and charges are applicable.
Room service, 24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Trouser press, Meeting/banquet facilities, Fax/photocopying
Newspapers, Safety deposit box, Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift, Heating, Non-smoking throughout
From 15:30 hours
Until 11:00 hours
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Children and extra beds
All children are welcome.
Free! All children under 2 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Free! All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs.
The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1.
The maximum number of children's cots/cribs in a room is 1.
Pets are not allowed.
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Based on 411 reviews
Value for money
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What a wonderful place.
The three best places to stay in Cambridge are The Varsity, The Varsity and The Varsity.
Wifi could have been stronger in our room. Otherwise excellent hotel in all respects.
a must: enjoy a drink on the roof top bar - if the weather is not on your side: there is a very relaxing indoor lounge location is optimal
old style door key (but because of the 24hour service no problem)
Very helpful, friendly staff, great location, fabulous room with balcony, very good breakfast - just all-around great hotel.
Not a thing!
Excellent location near the river Cam. Friendly staff. Free room upgrade. Delicious breakfast. Efficient valet service.
We enjoyed our stay at the Varsity Hotel, coming from Cambridge itself we went there for a weekend break and thoroughly enjoyed. The room was clean and tidy and modern and we loved the bathroom and shower! The only things we'd comment on was the continental breakfast which we didn't much like and the spa which was a bit too small.
every thing in general in great about this hotel. it is a small building but do not fell like that. the location was amazing. the roof terrace wonderful 360 degree view of Cambridge. very nice staff and very welcoming.
the only thing that the restaurant did not have any elevator, my mother with really bad knees and did not have breakfast even it was paid for because of that.
Beautiful room and hotel in general. Rooftop bar is spectacular. Location is perfect.
Considering the rates of the hotel I would expect a complimentary hot breakfast - if one wants porridge, eggs, full English etc this costs extra so our breakfast was essentially cereal, yoghurt and pastries...
Fantastic location within walking distance of everything
Overpriced for what you get. Quite a small hotel although room was a good size (superior king). Seemed too many and not overly effective staff - definitely not 5 star treatment. Room was cleaned quite late in evening (5pm).
Breakfast poor Room somewhat spartan Bath pointless - it had no taps! Very expensive wines Poor room menus Restaurant nothing special and very cramped
Generally staff was great especially Petia was very friendly and made us feel like at home.
I booked this hotel for my wedding but I was disappointed as I was expecting completely different room as the website advertises. I paid £530 for 2 nights bad expecting better room for the value. I could book easily better room in other hotel and for better value. Breakfast was ok.
Perfect location, excellent roof bar, cute restaurant for breakfast
Can't sleep on a Saturday night bc glass recycling bin just below almost all guest windows - lots of restaurants use that to dump empty bottles late late late into the night / early morning; popular roofbar means lots of people going in and out of the small hotel / up the stairwell or in the single elevator
The wifi connection was very unreliable
Staff, room, rooftop view and central location. Professional, reliable and efficient valet parking.
Very disappointed by the evening meal and general ambience of steakhouse style restaurant.
Comfy bed Beautiful bathroom with roll top bath Roof top bar with great views
Really poor quality breakfast
The balcony and roof terrace View out over the city Good quality technology in room
Full English not included in price
Great location in the centre of Cambridge, with a spacious, clean and very comfortable room. Facilities were excellent and the staff friendly. Cocktails in the bar were good too!
Fantastic location, very stylish hotel at a reasonable price.
Slow wifi, room was a little too hot
Wonderful comfortable rooms restaurant with great food 5 mins away from centre of Cambridge.
It is quite expensive. Cooked breakfast costs more.
Our second visit and again an all round superb stay - room amenities, staff, location, the breakfast and the roof top bar!
It rained for one day - obviously beyond the control of management!
Some staff were a little blunt
Nice welcome, Jacuzzi and the view! Very relaxing. The bar at the terrace fantastic view.
Wifi got lost most of the time in my room.
Central location Rooftop bar Clean rooms
Unhelpful staff Additional charges -- we were charged for toothbrushes/toothpaste despite paying 300 pounds a night!!!
The location so close to the colleges and river. The standard of the rooms were very comfortable and bathrooms was very good.
The staff were efficient but unfriendly. No welcoming smile on checking in and throughout the one night's stay and at the average breakfast no smiles or relaxed atmosphere were exhibited. The hotel has London prices but not the quality or style. Not good value for money costing £303 for one night including valet parking. Next time in Cambridge we will choose another hotel.
The rooftop bar The bed was comfy The fact that rooms have a kettle and tea bags
From the start we felt unwelcome, the receptionist who checked us in was unpleasant and it felt as if we were inconveniencing her by checking in. The fact that there is only one small lift means there's nearly always a queue to use it. The shower in the bathroom was tiny and the running water was very weak. I think for the very expensive nightly price you should get a cooked breakfast included/or at least warm eggs as part of the buffet - instead you have to pay extra to have eggs (which I saw most people doing as the continental selection was poor!). The waiters as well were rushed and cold in their manner. I had a fillet steak at lunch which was the toughest piece of fillet I've ever eaten in my life! Spa very underwhelming - tiny jacuzzi! Will not being staying here again, terrible value for money and I felt the photos are really misrepresentative of what it's actually like.
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