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Colchester, United Kingdom
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We stayed for my husbands birthday and had been looking forward to our weekend since booking several months before. Was our first ever night away from the children so long awaited! At £245 for the basic room we believed it would be 'good' at that price it should have been. My main gripe is that there was no usable dressing...

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Lincolnshire
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This hotel is in a wonderful location,.Lovely staff. The room and bathroom were very large and luxurious. Great restaurant, excellent continental breakfast. The restaurant was at the top of the hotel with views of Cambridge.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Fabulous attentive staff Our room was average - a little disappointing for the money (£230 sat night on Nov) however we were upgraded (without asking) to a room that blew us away! So - depending on which room you end up with you may be happier or less happy! Staff could not be more helpful! Restaurant felt like an amazing...

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have stayed at this hotel for 2-3 week periods over the last 3 years and it is very consistent in terms of service and amenities. If anything, it has gotten better especially in terms of food & beverage options! I have been with my family, and many times alone for work, and the team at the hotel has always...

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

We booked through Mr & Mrs Smith, and unfortunately due to illness had to change the dates of our stay which the hotel did directly with us very efficiently. The Varsity Hotel has a great location, we went to Midsummer House for dinner (a must!) and walked there and back. The public areas are limited, the decor interesting! The rooms...

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London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I stayed for one night mid week. The staff were very attentive and welcoming. We benefitted from an upgraded room (near the top of the hotel) with a good outlook - the room was not big but the bed was comfortable and the bathroom had quality Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware. The hotel bar/restaurant is very nice...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Varsity Hotel is so nice! We stay there whenever we travel to Cambridge. The rooms are very comfortable and well-maintained. The staff are very helpful and very friendly. I can say no more. The new upper level breakfast area has lovely views over Cambridge.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I spent a lovely night at the Varisty Hotel & Spa in Cambridge. The rooms are a delight and the bathrooms pretty amazing...assuming you book a room with one of their 'large' walk through showers! Located 2 mins walk from the main High Street everything really is on hand. Only wish we could have stayed longer!!

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Thank Mark T
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The hotel is excellent all around, from the rooftop bar to the rooms with a view to the spa. But you won't be getting any value for your money, understandable since there's nothing like it in the centre of Cambridge. Good for a one-off treat, book in the middle of the week rather than weekends because the price can triple!!!

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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have stayed here several times, and the location for the city is a major plus, along with the staff We had a room on the 4th floor, which had some good views, however the noise from one outside does grate at night with groups of people (students?) returning to residence locally Service is good, and the valet parking is...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Varsity Hotel & Spa

Address: Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cambridgeshire > Cambridge
Price Range: €183 - €436 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Varsity Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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The Varsity Hotel And Spa
The Varsity Hotel Cambridge
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Cambridge
#1 Romantic Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Family Hotel in Cambridge
#2 Business Hotel in Cambridge
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