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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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turneal wrote a review Yesterday
Suffolk7 contributions1 helpful vote
We have visited this hotel before and returned as the Staff are fantastic and helpful, the restaurant and bar are lovely with great views, valet parking is really easy, and it's in a perfect position in the town. we will definitely be back and hope to have time to try the spa next time.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip 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
Biba T wrote a review 17 Jan
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After wandering the streets of Cambridge one evening, we came upon the varsity hotel and decided to give the bar a try… We weren’t disappointed. On entering Bar Six,, there were over 100 cocktails to choose from! Very knowledgeable staff, but particularly Bronix, who went out of his way to advise us on the very best cocktails! Definitely recommend this cool bar. 5*
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Roy Thompson wrote a review 17 Jan
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What a great place. Byronix and his team looked after us very well with the best cocktails and food. Amazing views of the city from the heated terrace. Looks like 100 cocktails on demand. Go. You will love it.
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Date of stay: January 2022
SBB wrote a review 17 Jan
12 contributions15 helpful votes
I booked a table on Saturday for afternoon tea for my best friends 50th celebration. I had emailed to ask for a bottle of champagne to be sat waiting for us on the table. I also called that morning to confirm and the lady said we have got your request and it will be ready for you. When we arrived the champagne was not waiting for us and I had to ask for this. I was a bit disappointed as it was meant to be a surprise which is why I haven't given the full 5 stars. We did enjoy our afternoon tea and the views are stunning.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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.