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The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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Double Room (Graduates) | Premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated
Room, 1 King Bed (Fellows) | Premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated

Overview of The Varsity Hotel & Spa

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

4.0 star property

4.3/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Air conditioning
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Gym
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)41 min drive

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About this area


Located in Cambridge, The Varsity Hotel & Spa is in the city centre. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Jesus Green and The Backs, while ADC Theatre and Scott Polar Research Institute are cultural highlights. Mill Road 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 - 2 min walk
  • Castle Hill - 8 min walk
  • Bridge of Sighs - 12 min walk
  • Wren Library - 15 min walk
  • Anglia Ruskin University - 19 min walk

Getting around

  • Cambridge Waterbeach Station - 11 min drive
  • London (STN-Stansted) - 41 min drive

About this property

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

4-star luxury hotel in the heart of Cambridge City Centre
Free continental breakfast, a rooftop terrace and a hair salon are just a few of the amenities provided at The Varsity Hotel & Spa. Indulge in a body scrub, reflexology and a manicure/pedicure at Glassworks & Elemis Spa, the on-site spa. Enjoy a meal at the two on-site restaurants. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities, such as dry cleaning/laundry services and a bar.
Other perks include:
  • Free bike hire, valet parking (surcharge) and luggage storage
  • Concierge services, coffee/tea in the lobby and a 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket information, laundry services and a porter/bellboy
  • Guest reviews speak highly of the helpful staff and location
Room features
All 44 individually furnished rooms include comforts, such as 24-hour room service and premium bedding, in addition to perks, such as climate-controlled air conditioning and dressing gowns.
Other amenities include:
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding and free cots/infant beds
  • Bathrooms with designer toiletries and baths or showers
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with DVD players
  • Tablet computers, coffee/tea makers and heating


English, French, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

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 sanitiser 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 public transport

  • 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
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Restaurants on site

  • The River Bar and Grill
  • Roof Terrace
  • SIX Bar & Brasserie

Things to do

  • Fitness centre
  • Free bike hire
  • Full-service spa
  • Sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room

Family friendly

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


  • Banquet hall
  • Lift
  • 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
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Business services

  • Conference space (614 square feet)
  • A 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
  • Hot tub
  • Steam room


  • If you have any 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 cots/infant beds
  • Heating (climate-controlled)
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Premium bedding


  • Dressing gowns
  • Bath or shower
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Private bathroom
  • 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 are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for GBP 50.0 per night.
Free cots are available on request at the property

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

  • 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
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
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
Children under 10 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision

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

Frequently asked questions

Is The Varsity Hotel & Spa pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much does it cost to stay at ?

As of 3 Oct 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at on 10 Oct 2022 start from ₹14,398.34, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?

Valet parking is available for GBP 25.00 per night.

What time is check-in at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?

Check-in is from 3:30 PM - anytime.

What time is check-out at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?

Checkout is at 11 AM.

Where is The Varsity Hotel & Spa located?

Located in Cambridge City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from University of Cambridge, Pepys Library and The Backs. Jesus Green and Jesus College are also within 5 minutes. Cambridge Station is 29 minutes by foot.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Varsity Hotel & Spa and receive a full refund?

Yes, The Varsity Hotel & Spa offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Varsity Hotel & Spa cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 354 out of 661 reviews
5 - Excellent 54%
Rating 4 - Good. 197 out of 661 reviews
4 - Good 30%
Rating 3 - Okay. 74 out of 661 reviews
3 - Okay 11%
Rating 2 - Poor. 30 out of 661 reviews
2 - Poor 5%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 6 out of 661 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Excellent hotel: very helpful, efficient and friendly staff. Comfortable room, well equipped but smallish bathroom. Continental breakfast excellent: buffet style with lots of choice. We had dinner at the restaurant one evening and the food was delicious. We would happily stay at the Varsity again.
Stayed 5 nights in Sep 2022

3/5 Okay

Business traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Wonderful hotel. My only two issues are that I had a "do not disturb" sign up because I did not want anyone coming into my room while I was away but housekeeping ignored the sign, came in, moved my things to clean, and removed the do not disturb sign. Furthermore, the shower is not easy to get into if you are short (I am 5 feet) or have any leg mobility issues since you have to step up very high to get into the tub.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Paul and Fiona
Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Loved the location and rooftop patio! Staff were amazing and so helpful
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Nice hotel in a good location. Comfortable
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Location is great about 10mins walk to the centre. Immediate areas around the hotel is residential so not affected by noise/traffic. Hotel itself is pleasant and clean. Not the largest in terms of room size and some parts looked tired/decorated over if we’re being picky. We had a 50 min full body massage in the spa next door which was excellent. Have had massages previously and shame it didn’t include face, head, feet and neck as part of it. There were other options, but would’ve expected the whole body given the cost. We used the gym too - has a very good range of equipment from squat racks, plates, fixed weight and cardio machines. Can’t comment on the spa as didn’t use anything else. We only had breakfast in the restaurant having read mixed reviews about dining there. The view from there is amazing with a panoramic view of Cambridge. Note that breakfast is continental only ie breads, cereal, cold meats, cheese etc. The only thing warm would be a self boiled egg, toast and pancake machine (which I wish I used). A cooked breakfast is charged extra eg full english. Having read previous reviews we expected this and had to pay extra based on our dietary requirements, so note if you cannot eat what’s offered in the buffet. Disappointing really as hot/cold meals should all be included as part of breakfast and is one of the little things we look forward to on breaks. Stayed for one night and would recommend for a short stay/weekend break.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022

4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Restaurant views lovely
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2022

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Disliked: Room comfort
Great and Not-So-Great
Friendly efficient staff, beautiful room, great gym although tepid hot tub. Slightly disappointing massage and quite uncomfortable bed. But still, the location is top notch and I'll stay there again.
Stayed 1 night in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Business traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Great location and a really cute hotel , the staff was so helpful and accommodating. View of Cambridge from restaurant at breakfast was lovely
Stayed 2 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Stayed 1 night in May 2022