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The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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Indoor spa bath
Premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated
Premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated
Premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated

Overview of The Varsity Hotel & Spa

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

4 out of 5

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Gym

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
24 Thompsons Lane, Cambridge, England, CB5 8AQ

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationBridge of Sighs12 min walk
  • Popular LocationMathematical Bridge13 min walk
  • Popular LocationUniversity of Cambridge14 min walk
  • AirportLondon (STN-Stansted)39 min drive

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About this area

Cambridge

Located in Cambridge, The Varsity Hotel & Spa is in the city centre. The area's natural beauty can be seen at The Backs and Jesus Green, while ADC Theatre and Scott Polar Research Institute are cultural highlights. Whipple Museum of the History of Science and Mill Road are also worth visiting. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including outlet shopping and golfing.

What's nearby

  • Jesus College - 6 min walk
  • Castle Hill - 8 min walk
  • Bridge of Sighs - 12 min walk
  • Mathematical Bridge - 13 min walk
  • University of Cambridge - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • Cambridge Station - 6 min drive
  • London (STN-Stansted) - 33 min drive

Restaurants

  • The River Bar and Grill — 1 min walk
  • Roof Terrace — 1 min walk
  • The Baron of Beef - 2 min walk
  • La Margherita - 4 min walk
  • St. John's Chop House - 5 min walk

About this property

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

Luxury Cambridge hotel in Cambridge City Centre with 2 restaurants
This smoke-free hotel features 2 restaurants, a full-service spa and a health club. Free continental breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a spa tub and a sauna are on-site. All 44 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and tablet computers. For a bit of entertainment, flat-screen TVs come with DVD players, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches such as bathrobes and slippers.
The Varsity Hotel & Spa offers 44 forms of accommodation with tablet computers and DVD players. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include baths or showers, bathrobes, slippers and designer toiletries.

This Cambridge hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, safes and telephones. Additionally, rooms include complimentary bottles of water and coffee/tea makers. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

Recreational amenities at the hotel include a health club, a spa tub, a sauna and complimentary bicycles.
Glassworks & Elemis Spa has 6 treatment rooms. Services include deep-tissue massages, sports massages, Swedish massages and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, Ayurvedic and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub and a steam room.

The spa is open daily.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Green Tourism Programme, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities

Internet

  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Valet parking on site (GBP 25.00 per night)

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast available 7:00 AM–10:00 AM on weekdays and 8:00 AM–10:00 AM on weekends
  • 2 restaurants
  • 1 bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • Free bike hire
  • Full-service spa
  • Health club
  • Sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room

Family friendly

  • DVD player
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Laundry facilities

Conveniences

  • Banquet hall
  • Lift

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Business services

  • Conference space (614 square feet)
  • A meeting room

Outdoors

  • Rooftop terrace

Spa

  • 6 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - sports
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Reflexology
  • Sauna
  • Spa open daily
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room

Accessibility

  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)

More

  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities

Bedroom

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Heating (climate-controlled)
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Premium bedding

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels

Entertainment

  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Tablet computer

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water

More

  • Desk
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Local maps
  • Phone
  • Restaurant dining guide
  • Safe
  • Slippers

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Policies

Check-in

Check-in from 3:30 PM - anytime
Minimum check-in age - 18

Check-out

Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk

Pets

Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)
Service animals are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for GBP 50.0 per night.
Free cots (infant beds)

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Valet parking fee: GBP 25.00 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: GBP 50.0 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts major credit cards, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB International, Union Pay, Eurocard, Barclaycard, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a smoke detector and window guards
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Guests who may encounter issues with stairs should contact this property in advance. Elevators are not available.

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Hotel Varsity
Varsity Cambridge
Varsity Hotel
Varsity Hotel Cambridge
The Varsity Hotel Cambridge
The Varsity Hotel And Spa
The Varsity Hotel & Spa Hotel
The Varsity Hotel & Spa Cambridge
The Varsity Hotel & Spa Hotel Cambridge

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Overall score and ratings

4.3

Excellent

Rating 5 - Excellent. 318 out of 595 reviews
5 - Excellent 53%
Rating 4 - Good. 182 out of 595 reviews
4 - Good 31%
Rating 3 - Okay. 64 out of 595 reviews
3 - Okay 11%
Rating 2 - Poor. 28 out of 595 reviews
2 - Poor 5%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 3 out of 595 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%

4.6/5

Cleanliness

4.5/5

Staff & service

4.3/5

Amenities

4.3/5

Property conditions & facilities

2/5 Poor

Liked: Amenities
Disliked: Cleanliness
For £300 a night for reasonably basic rooms, this hotel doesn’t deliver. Initial room given to us was in poor condition (fraying on the curtains, marks on the walls) and very small. They were helpful in moving us to a different room - but it wasn’t really a game changer in overall quality. Stayed August 2021 and the air con in the room was loud/didn’t sound too good. Can also hear every time someone above/below/nearby opens or shuts a door - poor sound proofing on the walls/floors. Probably one of the worst nights sleep I have ever had in a hotel. Interiors are not well kept (spotted a couple of hoovers unattended lying round outside the rooms in the corridors). Only one lift for 5 or so floors worth of rooms. Almost always a queue to use it (popular bar on the 6th floor, restaurant on the 5th so not just guests). Some good amenities - steakhouse is superb, brasserie looks nice (although did not eat there) and the rooftop bar has good views of the city (albeit very limited drinks selection). Would sadly not recommend or stay there again for that price.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2021

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The staff was very friendly. Car parking was very expensive.
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2021

3/5 Okay

Travelled with family
The hotel is ok but way overpriced for what it was. Staff mixed -reception not very friendly but the ladies at breakfast saved the day as they were lovely. I probably would stay again but with much lower expectations of it being a luxury experience.
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Air conditioning was a winner
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2021