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April 22, 2019
We arrived in Cambridge on a Sunday afternoon and as we approached The Varsity Hotel, we were surprised at how centrally the hotel was located in the town.
We pulled up outside and handed the keys over the valet who kindly parked the car, while reception checked us in. We were escorted to our room which was a spacious suite on the top floor, with spectacular panoramic views of Cambridge! The suite featured a large bathroom with the statement of a supersized walk-in rain shower and complimentary Elemis Spa products as standard. A corridor connected the bathroom to the bedroom, which was just as grand, featuring a four-poster bed as the centrepiece, which looked out onto the whole of Cambridge through the dramatic floor to ceiling windows. A stylish wardrobe, dresser and desk also furnished the room.
After settling into our room we were given a tour of the hotel facilitates. Firstly, we saw the gym, which we were told used to be an old brewery and was actually renovated and used as a public gym before the hotel was built. As such the facilities were state of the art and fully equipped, unlike any other hotel gym I have seen before. Next we were taken up to the SIX restaurant, which was on the sixth floor, just above our suite. The relaxed Brasserie and Cocktail bar boasted stunning views of the River and across the cities key colleges, including St. John’s, Trinity, Jesus and Magdalene. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we were lucky enough to get a private viewing of the rooftop terrace, which we were told was an unrivalled entertainment space in the Summer months, where guests could enjoy afternoon tea, cocktails or weekend barbeques! As the only building in the whole of Cambridge to have a rooftop dining space, this really is a huge unique asset for the hotel.
Lastly, we were taken to the spa situated adjacent to the hotel. The spa featured sauna and steam rooms, as well as many treatment rooms to offer Elemis spa treatments. The highlight of the spa was the jacuzzi which looked out onto the punting river through a one-way glass window; cosy cushioned chairs were placed in a semi-circle around the jacuzzi, providing guests with a peaceful place to unwind and relax.
We spent the rest of the afternoon in the spa, before heading upstairs to our suite to freshen up for dinner. Dressed up and ready for the evening, we took the lift to The Six Restaurant, where we were greeted with a warm welcome and seated at our table. The restaurant had a completely different atmosphere to what we had seen earlier on in the day; for one the view was now an array of beautiful lights outlining Cambridge town! The orange glow from the woodstone oven and candle lit tables created a fabulous dining ambience.
We started with cocktails, although it was hard to choose from their extensive list of exquisite combination’s. Th 3-course meal that followed was divine, all the food was cooked to perfection and presented spectacularly! For starters we had pan-seared scallops and fresh crab and avocado salad; for mains we chose woodstone roasted salmon with fire roasted peppers and giant couscous and the roasted cod fillet with chorizo and sautéed artichokes. We were so full, but we could not resist ordering the brown sugar apple crumble with vanilla ice-cream, which was delicious!
Retreating back to our room, we were excited to get into the sumptuous King size bed, to watch a film and finish off the evening with a coffee and complimentary shortbread that was available in the room. The next morning, we woke up to the sound of room service knocking at the door to bring us breakfast in bed, which was a real treat. We sat up in bed in our robes and enjoyed the lavish breakfast buffet spread, with the sun streaming into the room through the windows on both sides.
After checkout we used the hotels complimentary bikes to cycle into Cambridge town, which was literally down the road and accessible in minutes. We had the good fortune of glorious weather, allowing us to explore the town at its best, do some shopping and we even stopped for lunch at one of the restaurants that had outdoor seating overlooking the punting river. All guests are allowed to use the facilities on the day of departure so before leaving Cambridge, we returned to the hotel spa, to relax for the rest of the afternoon.
T: 01223 306030
A: Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ
W: The Varsity Hotel
Written by Chloe Tyler for Luxuria Lifestyle International