The Varsity Hotel And Spa - Cambridge  4 stars

Thompsons Lane, Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB5 8AQ  show mapSave
  • Overview
  • Rooms & Availability
  • Location
  • Guest reviews
  • Facilities
 Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms


24-hour reception


Fitness center

 Spa and relaxation

Spa & wellness center



Steam bath



In-room breakfast




 Meeting facilities

Business center


Varsity Hotel And Spa is a 4-star traditional property that offers bright accommodation steps away from Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge Leisure Park and Cambridge Community Church. Since 2010, it has been a prominent hotel in the center of Cambridge.

Colleges and a chapel lie a short distance from the hotel. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge Castle and King's College Chapel are located just 350 meters from the venue.

40 minutes by car from London Stansted airport.


This property has 45 guestrooms including Senior Double Room, Double Room and Superior Double Room appointed with an iPod dock, heating, Wi-Fi, LCD TV and direct dial phone. They boast luxurious decor and offer coffee/tea makers and an electric kettle.


Every day a complimentary breakfast is served in the dining room.


Guests can take advantage of internet access, a photocopier and a business center and make use of dry cleaning, 24-hour reception and 24-hour room service provided on-site.


The on-site SPA facilities include a hot tub, a wellness center and shiatsu massage. The on-site fitness center features a gym and an aerobics studio.


Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.

Guest Parking

Paid private parking is possible at a location nearby.

Number of rooms   48.

City Center Cambridge - 4300 ft
Airports London Stansted (STN) - 23.1 mi, London Luton (LTN) - 31.1 mi
Train Stations Cambridge Railway Station - 1.4 mi
Bus stop - 700 ft
Restaurants River Bar Steakhouse & Grill (cuisine: Steakhouse) - 300 ft, Galleria Restaurant (cuisine: European, British) - 400 ft
Parks Jesus Green - 1300 ft
This field is required.
Email not defined
Very Bad Excellent
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Rate this hotel

General information



First Name
To get your review moderated and published, please read our Terms and Conditions.


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Indoor parking
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Children are welcome
  • Safe deposit box
  • Multilingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Gift/Newsstand
  • Currency exchange
  • Beauty salon
  • Luggage storage
  • No wheelchair access
  • Elevator
  • Aerobics
  • Paid valet parking
  • Room service
  • Bell staff/Porter
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Wedding services
  • Newspaper service
  • Wake up service
Dining facilities
  • Paid breakfast
  • In-room breakfast
  • Restaurant buffet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Coffee/Tea in lobby
Meeting facilities
  • Business center
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
Children's facilities
  • Cribs/Baby cots
Leisure facilities
  • Fitness center
  • Health club
  • Spa & wellness center
  • Steam bath
  • Solarium
  • Jacuzzi
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Sun terrace
  • Garden area
  • Leisure/TV room
  • Television in lobby
Room facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Individual air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Paid in-room safe
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Bottled water
  • Turndown service
  • Connecting rooms
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing area
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Rollaway/Extra bed
  • Ironing facilities
  • In-room desk
  • Bathtub
  • Hair dryer
  • No disability-friendly bathroom
Kitchen facilities
  • Electric kettle
  • Premium bedding
  • Flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • Sound docking station
  • Direct dial telephone
  • AM/FM alarm clock



from  3 pm


until  11.30 am

Children and extra beds
  • All children under the age of 2 may stay free of charge when using existing bedding. 
  • All children under the age of 2 may stay for free in a crib. 
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 
  • Maximum capacity of cribs in a room is 1. 

Pets are not allowed.

Do you manage this property? Add your hotel to drive more sales or use badges to increase conversion rate at your website.

Double Room
Check Prices
The Varsity Hotel And Spa Double Room
The Varsity Hotel And Spa Double Room
The Varsity Hotel And Spa Double Room
The Varsity Hotel And Spa Double Room
Bed type: Double Bed or King Size bed
Size: 205 sq. feet
Room facilities
    Superior Double Room
    Check Prices
    The Varsity Hotel And Spa Superior Double Room
    The Varsity Hotel And Spa Superior Double Room
    The Varsity Hotel And Spa Superior Double Room
    The Varsity Hotel And Spa Superior Double Room
    Bed type: King Size bed
    Size: 205 sq. feet
    Room facilities
      Senior Double Room
      Check Prices
      The Varsity Hotel And Spa Senior Double Room
      The Varsity Hotel And Spa Senior Double Room
      The Varsity Hotel And Spa Senior Double Room
      The Varsity Hotel And Spa Senior Double Room
      Bed type: Double or Twin beds
      Size: 175 sq. feet
      Room facilities

        The Varsity Hotel And Spa LocationWhat's nearby

        • Current hotel
        • Hotels nearby
        • Airports
        • Underground stations
        • Train stations
        • Parks
        • Tourist attractions
        • Museums
        • Convention centers
        • Stadiums
        • Food and meals
        • General

        Hover above the icons to see hotel photo and details.

        Click the hotel to go to the main hotel page.

        What's nearby

        Tourist attractions
        • Cafe Jello
          700 ft
        • Kettles Yard
          1400 ft
        • Holy Trinity Church
          1400 ft
        • Artique Gallery
          1700 ft
        • Artique
          1700 ft
        • Byard Art
          2000 ft
        • Kings College / Kings College Chapel
          2000 ft
        • Punting
          2300 ft
        • Cambridge Winter Ales Festival
          3000 ft
        Places of interest
        • Church Of The Holy Sepulchre
          700 ft
        • Great St Mary's Church
          1700 ft
        • Tourist Information Centre & Shop
          2000 ft
        Sport related
        • Newmarket Race Cours
          1700 ft
        Monuments and Landmarks
        • King's College
          2300 ft
        Historical sites
        • Magdalene College
          400 ft
        • The Round Church
          700 ft
        • Folk Museum,Cambridge & County
          1400 ft
        • Sedgwick Museum Of Earth Sciences
          2700 ft
        • jesus green
          1400 ft
        • midsummer common
          2300 ft
        Universities, Institutes
        • University of Cambridge
          2700 ft
        • ADC Theatre
          400 ft
        • Cambridge Arts Theatre
          2000 ft
        • Cambridge Corn Exchange
          2300 ft
        • The Corn Exchange
          2300 ft
        • Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust
          2300 ft

        Local Attractions

        • Our Lady and the English Martyrs (Roman Catholic)
          1.0 mi
          Hills Road, Cambridge
        • Cambridge University Botanic Garden
          1.2 mi
          1 Brookside, Cambridge
        • Cambridge Community Church
          2.3 mi
          14 Alpha Terrace, Cambridge
        • Milton Country Park
          2.6 mi
          Cambridge Road, Cambridge
        • Wandlebury Country Park and Nature Reserve
          4.4 mi
          Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

        Near the hotel

        • The Round Church Visitor Centre
          600 ft
          Bridge Street, Cambridge
        • Jesus Green
          1300 ft
          Victoria Avenue, Cambridge
        • Cambridge and County Folk Museum
          1400 ft
          2-3 Castle Street, Cambridge
        • Kettle's Yard House and Gallery
          1500 ft
          Castle Street, Cambridge
        • King's College Chapel
          2100 ft
          King's Parade, Cambridge
        • Great St Mary's Church (Church of England)
          2000 ft
          St Mary's Passage, Cambridge
        • Whipple Museum of the History of Science
          2600 ft
          Free School Lane, Cambridge

        Restaurants Nearby

        • River Bar Steakhouse & Grill

          85% likes this, based on 354 reviews
          Cuisine: Steakhouse
          Price Range: USD 15 - USD 20

          300 ft
          10 Quayside

          Phone: 01223 30 70 30

        • Galleria Restaurant

          67% likes this, based on 202 reviews
          Cuisine: European, British

          400 ft
          33 Bridge Street

          Phone: 01223362054

        • St John's Chop House

          64% likes this, based on 227 reviews
          Cuisine: British
          Price Range: USD 25 - USD 46

          1000 ft
          21-24 Northampton Street

          Phone: 01223 353 110

        • Raja Indian Cuisine

          71% likes this, based on 60 reviews
          Cuisine: Indian
          Price Range: USD 18 - USD 42

          2000 ft
          60 King Street

          Phone: 01223 301 501

        • The Cambridge Chop House

          70% likes this, based on 344 reviews
          Cuisine: British
          Price Range: USD 25 - USD 46

          2400 ft
          1 Kings Parade

          Phone: 01223 359506

        The Varsity Hotel And Spa Reviews

        Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at The Varsity Hotel And Spa

        Average guest rating

        out of 10
        Based on 370 reviews

        Rating by category:


        Individual guest reviews

        • Older travelers

          We loved our room - 516. Very nicely appointed. Beautiful views of Cambridge from two floor to ceiling windows. Rooftop lounge was really nice and the location could not have been better for seeing our son who is studying at Magdalene. Right next to the river. Close to many of the sites in the city center, Jesus Park, and a nearby bus stop.

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          Exellent location in the middle of the town centre. Very comfortable and spacious room (if you book a senior fellow room) and well equipped bathroom en-suite. Good food in the restaurant and exellent breakfast.

          You have to park the car in a nearby park garage wich is very expensive (over 50 pound for 2 days). Thin walls in the room so you can hear neighbour guests tv and talking.

          • Average rating
        • Family with children

          The varsity was a compact well run hotel.Close to the main street and having a first class gym.It had a roof top restaurant with great views of Cambridge.They were very responsive to requests.I Enjoyed my stay very much.

          • Average rating
        • Family with children

          Modern hotel, well decorated, spacious rooms, centrally located & friendly staff

          Breakfast was ok but not great.

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          Beautifully decorated hotel and superb customer service

          • Average rating
        • Family with children

          Breakfast was excellent

          Bed size issues. We booked two rooms-one double and one king. The beds were exactly the same size!! When we brought this issue to attention of staff no changes were made. Very disappointing experience.

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          very helpful reception staff.

          Continental breakfast was very good, but full English was not. Very nice scrambled egg, but dry bacon and black pudding were inedible. I believe that poached or boiled eggs were available, but we were not told and did not get a sight of a menu. Breakfast room nicely situated above the river, but the tables were very small (especially as the plates were huge) and were too close together

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          Very convenient forcentral Cambridge, comfortable, , gym facilities next door, good buffet breakfast.

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          Modern decor. Clean, comfortable rooms, good breakfast. Rooftop lounge area and bar (as wel as one inside). Spotless. Very comfortable bed, wide range of tv/radio/plug ability for iPod etc. HDTV channels would be a great addition. Green tea and filter coffee as well as regular tea and corffee in room. Plenty of storage in room.

          In an ideal world, the room would have been air conditioned, with the window open it was a bit noisy early in the morning. I think some rooms are air conditioned, if it's important to you, check.

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          The location was good as was the excellent roof terrace. It was quiet.

          The room was very small and the bathroom even smaller.The double bed was barely big enough for myself and my wife. Most hotel double beds are generous in size...this was not. The price was too high for what it offered and in comparison to E.g The Crowne Plaza, it was not good value.

          • Average rating
        • Older travelers

          Very nice rooms, high standard

          The only issue was they had no record of my booking 391647668 & we had to rebook

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          The room was absolutely spotless. We stayed in a graduates double room which had a lovely big window, large wall-mounted television and a modern en suite. The staff were extremely welcoming and accomodating, making our stay an absolute pleasure.

          The price was fairly steep as although the room was lovely, it was much smaller than I had anticipated for the money I spent. However we did stay in one of the least extravagent rooms on offer so this was perhaps to be expected.

          • Average rating
        • Single

          Excellent location. Wonderful room & bath, terrace with view, and even better 360-view from roof top terrace! Breakfast room and whirlpool over river Cam. Nice people at reception and breakfast. In other words: perfect.

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          Located about a 10-minute walk from the middle of Cambridge, this is a nice, modern hotel on 5 floors, decorated alternately with modern photographs of Cambridge and portraits of old bufty luminaries with improbable beards from nearby colleges. I very much enjoyed use of the neighboring sauna, steamroom and jacuzzi facilities (which I had to myself) - and may well have psyched myself up to use the gym had I brought my gear. Breakfast in the restaurant was sensational - a ham and mushroom omelette cooked with love and skill, and attentive staff.

          Room and bed were a trifle slight for my £140 - but then I am a pauper, and I believe we managed the accolade of booking the smallest double room in the hotel. Shame that a minor rain shower closed the roof terrace, as the views are very good, so I'm told. Lastly, a little local knowledge on the part of the youthful receptionists wouldn't hurt - they were a little befuddled by my question "so, what should we do in Cambridge on a damp Monday morning," when surely a couple of suggestions should have tripped off the tongue. But this is nitpicking - a very nice hotel.

          • Average rating
        • Couple

          We have stayed before in this hotel which was why we chose it again, upon our arrival we were told that we had been upgraded to a superior king room which was fabulous! Although I am a bit sad that it appeared to be the only one without a claw foot bath! ;o)

          • Average rating
        Show big map »

        Why book with us?

        Low prices
        Enjoy our best price guarantee and special offers.
        Free cancellations
        Usually cancellations can be made free of charge close to your arrival date (check policies).
        Guaranteed room
        You get instant confirmation directly from the hotel's reservation database.

        Hotel Awards

        UKHOTEL AWARDSHighly RecommendedCambridgeThe Varsity Hotel And Spa

        According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated asBest Spa Hotels in United Kingdom

        Use Badge

        Hotels nearby
        Lamb Hotel Ely
        3 stars