The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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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 sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment
24 Thompsons Lane, Cambridge, England, CB5 8AQ

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationCastle Hill8 min walk
  • Popular LocationBridge of Sighs12 min walk
  • Popular LocationAnglia Ruskin University19 min walk
  • AirportLondon (STN-Stansted)33 min drive

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About this area


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

What's nearby

  • Jesus College - 6 min walk
  • Castle Hill - 8 min walk
  • Bridge of Sighs - 12 min walk
  • Wren Library - 13 min walk
  • Anglia Ruskin University - 19 min walk


  • The River Bar and Grill — 1 min walk
  • Roof Terrace — 1 min walk
  • The Baron of Beef — 2 min walk
  • Byron — 3 min walk
  • Bould Brothers Coffee — 3 min walk

Getting around

  • Cambridge Station - 14 min drive
  • Stansted Airport (STN) - 41 min drive

About this property

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Cambridge City Centre
Close to University of Cambridge and Cambridge Corn Exchange, The Varsity Hotel & Spa provides free continental breakfast, free WiFi, and a hot tub. For some rest and relaxation, visit the sauna or steam room, and indulge in a body scrub, a deep-tissue massage, or aromatherapy. Enjoy a meal at the two onsite restaurants.
Other perks include:
  • Free bicycle rentals, a rooftop terrace, and valet parking (surcharge)
  • A 24-hour front desk, a porter/bellhop, and tour/ticket assistance
  • Guest reviews say great things about the helpful staff and location
Room features
All 44 individually furnished rooms feature comforts such as 24-hour room service and premium bedding, in addition to perks like air conditioning and bathrobes.
Extra amenities include:
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding and free cribs/infant beds
  • Bathrooms with designer toiletries and tubs or showers
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with DVD players
  • Tablet computers, coffee/tea makers, and heating

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

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


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

Parking and transportation

  • 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/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in common area(s)

Things to do

  • Fitness center
  • Free bicycle rentals
  • Full-service spa
  • Sauna
  • Spa tub
  • Steam room

Family friendly

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


  • Banquet hall
  • Elevator
  • Front-desk safe

Guest services

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

Languages spoken

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

Business services

  • Conference space (614 square feet)
  • Meeting room


  • Rooftop terrace


  • 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
  • Spa tub
  • Steam room


  • If you have 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)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


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


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


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

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water


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

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


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 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 cribs (infant beds)

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at 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, 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



Rating 5 - Excellent. 326 out of 610 reviews
5 - Excellent 53%
Rating 4 - Good. 185 out of 610 reviews
4 - Good 30%
Rating 3 - Okay. 65 out of 610 reviews
3 - Okay 11%
Rating 2 - Poor. 30 out of 610 reviews
2 - Poor 5%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 4 out of 610 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Arrived well before check in time, and made most welcome with offer of breakfast. Central location ideal and efficient valet parking very helpful. Reception staff particularly welcoming and helpful.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2021

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very nice spa at hotel small but me and wife only ones in there so not crowded, hotel rooms really nice and bar restaurant top , staff are very helpful
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2021

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Nice stay & great location
Great location & would recommend using their parking service if you have a car as it’s cheaper than the nearest car park. The room was comfortable with great in room coffee & the bathroom products are Elemis. We stayed on a Sunday night as it was £220 for the night (the Saturday was £450!). I’m not sure this hotel is worth £250+ a night in all honesty even there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, I just think £250+ for a night is expensive for this room. I have travelled all over the world have stayed in very expensive hotels. The gym & spa are fine. We had a cocktail at the roof terrace which was lovely, cocktails are around £15 each. Six restaurant is also nice & our service was great.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2021

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

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
This was a spontaneous decision to have a night away which turned out brilliantly using Tescos vouchers which was easy to organise if you follow the instructions. The hotel entrance is not huge or flamboyant as some but once you get the idea that this hotel is all about service rather than being pretentious and showy, you will love it. It’s a bit like Dr Who’s tardis because it just gets bigger as you go up. The decor is beautiful, the hotel spotless, our room was huge and the bed was so comfy. With the money we saved by using the vouchers, we were able to embrace early drinks on the spectacular roof top bar and then down a floor to Six for a tasty meal. It is expensive but this is Cambridge and if you like the idea of a quality night in an extremely friendly hotel, this is worth it. You can just walk out and the river is 1 minute away. City shopping is within a short walk - perfectly positioned. The thing that stands out here is the staff. The meet and greet was charming and informative. Don’t be afraid to use the valet parking. We initially parked in the nearby multi story but the reception staff offered to collect our car and we saved over £15 in parking fees. There was no hard sell but just the offer of old fashioned service with a smile. This service continued throughout our stay, on the roof top bar and in the restaurant. I can’t praise the staff enough - staff and guests were chilled and happy. Fabulous break - thank you.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2021