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The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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Thompson's Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ England See on map
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OMG Varsity will have to be one of the best hotels I have stayed in a long time .I arrived late from Kenya and the staff were very welcoming,the rooms were clean and had a few treats in my room to help myself. Let’s not...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
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This modern boutique hotel is located in a side road, in a partly residential area, near the river and the centre of Cambridge. The upper floor room was reasonably roomy, very inviting and well furnished with polished wood flooring, soft deep pile rug, comfortable bed,...More

Thank Duck20171001
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Loved the location of this small hotel, centrally located for us for a weekend trip to Cambridge.We managed to hit all the sites and shop too! Our room had huge floor to ceiling windows where we could see a beautiful sunset and over the roof...More

Thank AHunton1
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm a writer, and had a pile of deadlines facing me, plus a major interview to conduct in Cambridge. So I decided to set up shop in Cambridge for a full nine days, thinking it would be a lovely place to write - plus I...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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USD 186 - USD 412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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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"The upper floors have more open views and are quieter. Some rooms have balconies."
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"The higher floors have significantly better light!"
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"Rooftop terrace, 360 degree panoramic restaurant, and of course Cambridge itself on your doorstep. Top end..."
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"Incredible views."
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