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Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ England
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What you can expect during your stay
  • 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.


#2 of 39 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 Coffee
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 and 1 more
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Sally Hunter wrote a review 17 May
4 contributions
Love this hotel. From the moment we got there we felt looked after. It was a special occasion and the hotel made us feel that way. Room 516 is an amazing room. The hotel is in a brilliant location for both the city and the river. The breakfast was delicious too. We will definitely be back. Friendly and approachable staff, good spa and a gym next door. Everything we needed for a great trip.
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Date of stay: May 2022
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: have only stayed in the penthouse which was fab
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Dreamer600597 wrote a review Jul 2021
3 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Drew Taylor wrote a review 16 May
2 contributions
Its OK but stayed in room 216 which is overlooked by the offices opposite. Therefore had to keep the curtains closed. No on street or off street parking. Only a continental breakfast included. Would I recommend no. Will I return no.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
angela wrote a review 14 May
Ringwood, United Kingdom1 contribution
Love this hotel. It was our second stay here and won’t be our last. Very friendly staff, lovely room and we loved the spa. Food great too. The hotel is ideally situated in the centre of Cambridge. We’ve stayed at several hotels in Cambridge but this is the best.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Krissy M wrote a review 14 May
1 contribution
Our company Kaplan International Pathways have spent 2 days, and 1 night here and we have had a LOVELY time! All of the staff (Jenny, Gemma, and a few others) have been so helpful to accommodate everything, even on short notice! We were given complimentary upgrades which we were very grateful for and a lovely touch! The meeting room was in such as great setup! and always done with plenty of timing. For lunch and dinner they have opened the rooftop and restaurant slightly early to accommodate our demands which we felt so grateful for! The SIX restaurant staff were very helpful too and so kind! We would definitely come back again and highly review the Varsity Hotel! 5 STARS!
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Date of stay: May 2022
Trip type: Travelled
US$193 - US$424 (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 Hidden Rooms (0.3 km), University of Cambridge (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 Bould Brothers Coffee.
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, Italian, and Polish.