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Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ England
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 38 hotels in Cambridge
Travellers' Choice
The Varsity Hotel & Spa is located on the edge of the picturesque River Cam in the heart of Cambridge and just yards from St John's, Trinity and Magdalene College. Ideally situated for punting, shopping, sight-seeing and nightlife, The Varsity hotel guests are truly immersed in the culture and charm of Cambridge life from the moment they arrive. Recharge in the wonderful Elemis spa before soaking up the beautiful skyline with drinks on the hotel's roof terrace,afternoon tea or dinner in the Six Panoramic Bar & Restaurant. Alternatively, guests can indulge in a hearty meal in the River Bar Steakhouse & Grill. Valet parking available from 7 am to 10 pm for hotel's guests.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Taxi service
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Rooftop bar
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Head massage
Steam room
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Laptop safe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Italian
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Helena M wrote a review 22 Jan
4 contributions
My partner and I stayed here for my birthday and were made to feel special from the beginning of our stay to the end. This is by far one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in - from the beautiful, boutique rooms, to the incredible panoramic views of Cambridge in the rooftop restaurant. All the staff we met were so friendly and welcoming, and the service was above and beyond our expectations. Finally, the spa facilities were totally relaxing and the hotel is literally a 5 minute walk away from the centre of Cambridge. Thank you for making our stay so memorable, we will 100% be returning!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Dreamer600597 wrote a review Jul 2021
3 contributions
Hotel's Favourite
Stayed in a lovely room, ate in both of the restaurants and was able to use the spa and gym facilities. The hotel has everything and in a perfect location to view all that Cambridge has to offer. Staff were lovely and welcoming and the quality across the board was exceptional
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Chris S wrote a review 21 Jan
Brighton, United Kingdom30 contributions12 helpful votes
Just had a fantastic couple of days at the Varsity Hotel. Spotlessly clean, really comfortable with thoughtful touches at every turn, attentive and friendly staff - just great. Breakfast in the stunning rooftop restaurant is a treat, with a very generous supply of fresh fruit, good choice of continental style fare and plenty of good coffee. The gym and spa were excellent - really high standard - and jacuzzi with a view of the river a highlight! Great location - a short walk to anywhere in the city centre, and we had a fabulous winter walk along he river to the Orchard in Granchester in just over an hour. Thanks to all for a peaceful and relaxing stay.
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Date of stay: January 2022
sean c wrote a review 21 Jan
Peterborough, United Kingdom1 contribution
We had a wonderful stay in room 511. Beautiful view from all the windows around the room, and an easy walk to the bar (Six). Gorgeous breakfast in bed whilst looking out at the city. Plus it was our first break away without kids in 3 years! So can’t help but say it made a huge difference. The Service and cocktails were well appreciated and we didn’t want to leave (no offence to our kids!). This was all without even experiencing the spa due to time… However, we will return!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Pippa J wrote a review 21 Jan
1 contribution
Booked a night and were so impressed by friendly and helpful staff- we used hotel bikes to whizz around Cambridge and came back to collapse in their wonderful hot tub. The views from the restaurant were amazing and we had cocktails and food to match. The room was very clean with a comfy bed looking out across the rooftops of the city. Will definately stay again.
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Date of stay: January 2022
US$207 - US$395 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Nearby attractions include University of Cambridge (0.3 km), Hidden Rooms (0.3 km), and The River Cam (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Las Iguanas, Trinity Restaurant, and River Bar Steakhouse & Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre, a sauna, and fitness classes during their stay.
Is The Varsity Hotel & Spa located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.07 km away from the centre of Cambridge.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Varsity Hotel & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Italian.