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The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ England See on map
Free Wifi
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4 Star accommodation
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All reviews roof terrace valet parking floor to ceiling windows the river senior fellows illy coffee boutique hotel magdalene college fifth floor valet service hotel guests lovely hotel cooked breakfast lovely room central location reception area car park
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The Varsity is a boutique high quality hotel, located close to the Cam. Its decor is just a little different with some appealing quirkiness. while there certainly a "University" theme it is not overwhelming. Definitely not just another "luxury hotel", very much to its advantage....More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

I have stayed at many brilliant hotels over the years (e.g. Tousserok, Mauritius, Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath, Claridges, London, Chiltern Firehouse, London, The Mondrian, London, Atlantis, Dubai. The Varsity is small and boutique. Staff super friendly and attentive...Kevin (Guest Manager) was down to earth, friendly...More

Thank Nigelsleight
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great hotel in a great central location. Attention to detail and customer service was fantastic, nothing was too much trouble. The bar and restaurant make for a cool destination and the views from the roof terrace are amazing. Will definitely return!

Thank clhb22
Reviewed yesterday

Small, luxury boutique Hotel situated in the centre of Cambridge. Was really pleasantly surprised. Staff were all excellent and was lucky enough to have a sunny day to enjoy the roof terrace. Im going back to stay there for my anniversary.

Thank michaelhall10631
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our stay here. The room was very inviting and the bed was very comfortable. Really impressed with the shower too, as it was spacious and very powerful. We also enjoyed the continental breakfast that was included which had a good selection of...More

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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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14 August 2018|
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Response from Pintus | Property representative |
Hello Steve, children of 12 years old and above are allowed on the roof terrace. Regards The Varsity Team
30 April 2018|
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Response from Pintus | Property representative |
Thanks for your message, the Varsity Hotel is a smoking free building this includes our roof terrace. On the room rate is included Continental buffet breakfast, a’la carte menu is available for cooked items.Thanks
10 April 2018|
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Response from Pintus | Property representative |
Dear NorwichBella, thanks for your message, for our hotel guests the entrance to the Spa area (Jacuzzi, Steam and Sauna) and the Gym is free. Valet parking is available at £19.50 per day (up to 5 pm on the day of check... More
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"This Hotel can be very expensive but last minute deals can be made. Rooms on the higher floors have better..."
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"The upper floors have more open views and are quieter. Some rooms have balconies."
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