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The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

4-star4 stars
Great for familiesThis property has good facilities for families.
24 Thompsons Lane, Cambridge, England, CB5 8AQ, United Kingdom

Luxury hotel with spa, near St. John's College
  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi
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From 3,168 reviews. TripAdvisor Traveler Rating.

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Great location
Fantastic service
Bar is awesome
Fairly good value for money

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

from $194 CAD
  • Double Room (Graduates)
  • Room, 1 King Bed (Fellows)
  • Senior Suite (Fellows)
  • Senior Room, 1 King Bed (Fellows)
  • Senior Twin Room (Fellows)

What’s around The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge


  • Heart of Cambridge
  • St. John's College - 3 min walk
  • Trinity College - 5 min walk
  • Church of St Mary the Great - 7 min walk
  • King's College - 9 min walk
  • St Catharine's College - 10 min walk
  • Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences - 12 min walk
  • University of Cambridge - 14 min walk

Getting around

  • London (STN-Stansted) - 36 min drive
  • Cambridge (CBG) - 11 min drive
  • Cambridge Station - 29 min walk
  • Cambridge North Station - 8 min drive
  • Cambridge Waterbeach Station - 14 min drive

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 44 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 6 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 3:30 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Valet parking *

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • 2 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
Things to do
  • Health club
  • Full-service spa
  • Spa treatment room(s)
  • Free bicycles on site
  • Golfing nearby
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
Working away
  • Conference space
  • One meeting room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Year Built - 2010
  • Elevator
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
Freshen up
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Tablet computer
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


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.


The River Bar and Grill - This steakhouse serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Roof Terrace - Onsite bar.

SIX Bar & Brasserie - This brasserie serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge’s small print

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


Guests who may encounter issues with stairs should contact this property in advance. Elevators are not available. Contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Valet parking costs GBP 21.50 per night

Rollaway beds are available for GBP 50.0 per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

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Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 240 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Second stay here and loved it!
Natasha, gbFamily trip
Fair 4.0
1st Ever review - Not great
Regretfully my first ever review - Recently stayed at the Varsity hotel with my wife and on arrival was advised I had been “upgraded” when I arrived in room it was clear the room was the last available and was not the upgraded. The bathroom was catered for either old or disabled person. I use hotels for business on a regular basis maybe approx 25 times per year in mid range hotels. As staying away from children I thought we would make most of it, relax and paid a considerable amount for room which this didn’t reflect quality of room the other places were on the whole much better. The terrace bar has a great view of Cambridge but the quality again is poor for value - it’s quite expensive but if your treating spouse it’s not end of the world. To enter the spa you have to leave the hotel and walk around corner which wasn’t a huge issue but thought was part of hotel be fair the spa is pretty cool especially the jacuzzi that looks out to canal. The hotel also offer valet parking which although seems good in principal the issue is that it will again cost you for the pleasure which is not made clear - only only noticed on credit card bill when I left. I was left very disappointed and underwhelmed by this experience. The staff are very friendly and maybe I was just unlucky with room etc etc.
Karlton, gbRomance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Amazing in every way.
gbRomance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Wonderfully welcoming, helpful and friendly staff along with a lovely room, great roof-top restaurant and bar and fabulous Cambridge make this an outstanding hotel
Eilir, gbFamily trip
Good 6.0
A bit disappointing
We stayed two nights and had both the continental breakfast and cooked breakfast. The cooked breakfast is not worth the extra money, all a bit dry. The bar on the roof is very pleasant but service is very slow. Evening meal was OK, but expensive, we ate elsewhere on the second night. The bedroom was very clean, but the pillows are poor. Today, trying to be sustainable is increasingly important, so why were towels changed when we left them on rails and should not have been changed? It is time for hotels to give up on the small shampoo and shower gel bottles, they are not eco-friendly, nor straws in the bar. The best aspect is the location and helpful valet parking.
Stuart, gbRomance trip

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

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