The Varsity Hotel: Customer Reviews

“Ticks all the Boxes! Amazing Roof Top Garden”
To celebrate our 10th anniversary we chose the Varsity. It was a good decision. The Hotel is in a prime location next on the river in the city centre. Attitude of the staff is cordial and helpful. We arrived on a Saturday with queues of people outside trying to get in and wondered what the fuss was about. We had heard Beckham and Daniel Craig had stayed there from the taxi driver.
This was the queue for the roof top garden. Check in was busy. Room was clean with a nice big bathroom. We didn't use it much other than sleeping as out all day. Did not use the spa or gym but made it to Six restaurant on the top floor and roof garden. Nice touch giving hotel guests priority on tables on the roof. Thoroughly enjoyable stay made to feel extra special and when we checked out the following morning we felt refreshed. Ticks all the boxes.

London, United Kingdom

“Cool and Quirky with the Best Dressed Stairwells”
This is a boutique hotel with a high standard of decor, service and quirkiness befitting it's location. Literally on the edge of the main attractions and town, it was in a quiet location with a roof top bar that gave great views over Cambridge combined with an excellent drinks menu. The service was excellent, professional, friendly and helpful (even down to the valet parking as the hotel doesn't have it's own car park) and the decor was not just of a high standard but quirky and in -keeping with the Cambridge vibe and yet with a modern twist. Seriously forget the elevators the staircase is the best dressed we've ever seen and well worth the hike up or down. The room was very spacious and immaculately clean, the bed extremely comfortable and with all the amenities you would expect from a high standard hotel. We would highly recommend this hotel as it was amazing value for money.

Swansea, United Kingdom

“Wonderful Afternoon Tea”
Group of us came for afternoon yesterday, blown away by the views and style of the top floor restaurant. Floor to ceiling glass all around. My sister's 40 birthday and the staff could not do much more. Good selection of pastries , macaroon was delicious and scones were warm. We asked for various dietary sandwiches veggy etc everything taken care off. Will be back to try the cocktails. Thoroughly enjoyable day left stuffed @Six

Cambridge, United Kingdom

“Comfortable Room, Good Spa and Gym in Historic Modern Building”
Just back from a nice stay in Cambridge. This hotel is in a prime position in Cambridge on the river just off the high street.
The Room was comfortable, service levels were high and amenities above and beyond. For a hotel of this size the gym surpassed our expectations. As we stayed for three days we made full use of them.
On a dull grey day we tried out the spa, there is a Jacuzzi on the river which is a must, the spa is not huge and has a glass sauna and steam room.We were unable to book in for a massage as it was full which was a pity had this been mentioned on booking highly likely we would have booked beforehand.
Both restaurants are sufficiently different and both were extremely busy. We ended up in Six for cocktails and Riverside for dinner. My lobster surf and turf was notably delicious and the espresso martini's as good as any I've had.
The Breakfast buffet was taken on the top floor restaurant that had great views over the historic city. Good quality coffee and selection of meats and cold items. My wife was impressed with her soya milk latte.
There is a red hop on and hop off bus stop nearby and a punting station around the corner which along with shops, restaurants and bars in close proximity make this venue so popular.

Bristol, United Kingdom

“What a Find in the Centre of Cambridge”
We have been visiting Cambridge very regularly for more than 10 years and, in all of this time, managed not to find the Varsity Hotel & Spa! The location is perfect, virtually on the river, overlooking Magdalene College in all its glory.
The hotel is modern and very tastefully decorated. We were taking Afternoon Tea to celebrate my wife's birthday. I booked a table in the roof-top restaurant, which has floor-to-ceiling windows peering over the Cambridge roof-tops.
The view is fabulous and, if it's warm enough, you can take cocktails outside as the sun sets. Our tea was served inside in a very attractive restaurant setting. The staff were very welcoming and attentive throughout. Our tea was delicious and the cakes we didn't manage to finish were boxed-up for us to bring home.
All-in-all, this is a great destination hotel which will impress. We are planning to stay in the hotel on our next visit as we would love to sample the Spa!

St. Albans, United Kingdom

“Super Overnight Break”
We stayed here for 1 night and I would recommend this hotel. Check in was friendly and we were lucky to be upgraded to a room on the 5th floor with a balcony. Room was beautifully decorated and the bathroom immaculate with a very large shower. We walked 2 minutes from the hotel to many places to eat and drink and the punting is only 5 minutes away.
In the afternoon my husband and I enjoyed an Elemis treatment in the spa (massage and facial) and this was wonderful. My husband also used the small spa area with sauna, steam and the jacuzzi overlooking the river.
In the evening we had a few drinks in the local area before heading back to SIX restaurant for supper. Our meal was yummy and the restaurant highly recommended. We sat along the edge with stunning views of the city. The terrace is superb but sadly the weather was grim so we couldn't use it but I could not think of a nicer place to spend an afternoon/evening with cocktail in hand on a sunny day. I would imagine however that it would get busy as it is a prime spot! W
We would definitely go back to Varsity as it is an excellent location to explore Cambridge, close to main tourists areas as well as good bars and restaurants. Breakfast was plentiful with the option to have additional hot food such as fry up, eggs benedict etc. for a charge but the continental had everything you would need. Don't hesitate get it booked!

Kings Lynn, United Kingdom

“Wonderful Boutique Hotel”
Really loved this hotel. We used the valet parking which was so easy, drive straight outside the hotel and they deal with the rest (£19.50). We were upgraded to a beautiful room (517) room was bright and airy with a huge balcony. Location you can't beat, you are literally a stones throw away from where the famous punting starts. Bar was great with a fab atmosphere a real happening place, views are unreal. Breakfast was lovely, front of house staff are very friendly but professional at the same time. The doorman on Saturday morning was very attentive, great person to depart and greet you!
Will be going back to this hotel when the roof terrace is open and to use the spa.
Thank you for making our stay a very enjoyable one, can't wait to come back!

London, United Kingdom

“Great Spot to Pamper Yourself”
I've used the spa a handful of times in the past year and a half. It has great facilities and a relaxing ambience, though the actual spa area with the jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna is small and can get crowded depending on the day you go. Comfy bathrobe and massage sandals are provided if you do pay to use the spa, which is nice. The massages and facials are lovely, and I'm always happy with how the hairdresser, Lucy, cuts my hair! It's taken me AGES to find a great hairdresser and I can say Lucy's one of the best.

--Michelle L
Cambridge, United Kingdom

“My Favorite Cambridge Hotel”
We have been staying here for about four years and have to say that we have never been disappointed. The hotel is modern, well-furbished and clean. The staff are exceptionally professional and helpful. The 6th floor restaurant and breakfast area is really lovely with views over Cambridge. It is worth the visit, but then is you stay here often, you know that already.

London, United Kingdom

“Luxury Break in the Centre”
We upgraded to superior rooms and was glad that we did. Good size rooms with feather pillows. Lovely restaurant room next door with view of college gardens. We returned to hotel late morning after some early morning shopping to use the spa. Overall a good no haste experience.

Berkshire, United Kingdom

Sign-up for News and Special Offers