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The Varsity Hotel & Spa

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Senior Room, 1 Queen Bed (Fellows) | Premium bedding, in-room safe, individually decorated
2 restaurants, breakfast served
Senior Room, 1 Queen Bed (Fellows) | Bathroom | Designer toiletries, hair dryer, dressing gowns, slippers

Overview of The Varsity Hotel & Spa

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

4.0 star property
Luxury hotel in Cambridge City Centre with 2 restaurants and spa
8.6 out of 10 Fabulous
8.6/10 Fabulous

705 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Spa
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Gym
The price is £432
Price available on 1/7/2023
24 Thompsons Lane, Cambridge, England, CB5 8AQ
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 2 restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Full-service spa
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Breakfast available
  • Health club
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Free use of bicycles
  • Valet parking
  • Spa tub
  • 24-hour room service
For families
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Cambridge City Centre
  • University of Cambridge - 1 min drive
  • Addenbrooke's Hospital - 9 min drive
  • Imperial War Museum Duxford - 13 min drive
  • Newmarket Racecourse - 21 min drive

Getting around

  • Cambridge (CBG) - 14 min drive
  • London (STN-Stansted) - 39 min drive
  • Cambridge North Station - 15 min drive
  • Foxton Station - 19 min drive
  • Cambridge Station - 29 min walk


  • Bould Brothers Coffee - 3 min walk
  • Byron - 3 min walk
  • The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie - 5 min walk
  • Crepeaffaire - 3 min walk
  • Bill's Cambridge Restaurant - 6 min walk

About this property

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

A great choice for a stay in Cambridge, The Varsity Hotel & Spa features a rooftop terrace, and puts you only 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from the airport. Guests can visit the spa to be pampered with deep-tissue massages, body wraps or facials, and The River Bar and Grill, one of 2 restaurants, serves dinner. This luxurious hotel also features a bar/lounge, a health club and a fitness centre. Fellow travellers say great things about the helpful staff and location.


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.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 44 rooms
  • Arranged over 6 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:30 PM until anytime
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

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

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • On-site valet parking (GBP 25.00 per night)

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast each morning (surcharge)
  • 2 restaurants
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • 24-hour room service

What to do

  • Golfing nearby

Working away

  • Meeting room
  • Conference space (614 square feet)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Free bike hire


  • 2 buildings/towers
  • Built in 2010
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Health club
  • Full-service spa
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Steam room
  • Banquet hall


  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)

Room amenities

Be entertained

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

Home comfort

  • Climate-controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Dressing gowns and slippers
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Premium bedding
  • Free cot/infant bed

What to enjoy

  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Bath or shower
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide

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. Children under 10 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision.


The River Bar and Grill – This steakhouse only serves dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.
Roof Terrace – On-site bar.
SIX Bar & Brasserie – This brasserie serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately GBP 15 for adults and GBP 15 for children

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for GBP 50.0 per night


  • Valet parking costs GBP 25.00 per night

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Children under 10 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision
  • 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

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Contactless check-out is available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business or profession.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a carbon monoxide detector, a smoke detector and window guards on site.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts major credit cards, debit cards and cash.
Guests who may encounter issues with stairs should contact this property in advance. Elevators are not available.

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

Does The Varsity Hotel & Spa offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Varsity Hotel & Spa does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
As of 1 Jun 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Varsity Hotel & Spa on 1 Jul 2023 start from £432, including 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.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Yes. Valet parking costs GBP 25.00 per night.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
You can check in from 3:30 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 11 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at The Varsity Hotel & Spa and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as cycling. Indulge in a treatment at the spa and soothe your senses in the hot tub. The Varsity Hotel & Spa also has a sauna and a steam room.
Are there restaurants at or near The Varsity Hotel & Spa?
Yes, there are 2 on-site restaurants.
What's the area around The Varsity Hotel & Spa like?
The Varsity Hotel & Spa is in Cambridge City Centre, a short 1-minute walk from University of Cambridge and 3 minutes' walk from St. John's College. Travellers give top marks for the hotel's prime location.







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10/10 Exceptional

Penina, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Michael, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The team makes it!
We were impressed by the professional and friendly manner of the lovely ladies and gents who work at the hotel. It makes it so pleasant when everything has a solution and is no problem. We arrived earlier than check in and left later than check out and we were able to store and access baggage whenever and the car was parked until we left. I also have to mention the lovely, spacious and comfortable rooms and the fact that it’s centrally located next to a beautiful area of Cambridge and all the colleges. Loved it!
Alexis, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Overall very good. Issue with parking. On your website, it stated valet parking. I understood this to mean that we could park to unload bags and valet would drive to onsite car park, where we could have reasonable access to our vehicle, for the duration of our stay, for an acceptable charge. We called shortly before arriving, and was told car park was a mile away, and maybe only sporadic valet service. Being disabled, awaiting my blue badge,this was quite inconvenient for me. I feel this should be made much clearer on your website.
MARTIN, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Justin, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Adam, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Chantell, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Pricey but ok..
Great hotel and location. Very friendly and helpful staff. Massively overpriced for what it is and what you get. Looking back would have stayed somewhere else for £100 cheaper.
Scott, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Jonathan, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

One night stay.
Overall a nice one night stay, we had a small double room which had everything we needed however the decor was a little worn. Huge advantage having the restaurant at the hotel, however unfortunately the rooftop bar was closed due to the cold weather. Would stay again due to the great location. Downside is no parking, car parking is a short distance away so not ideal but the valet parking is spot on.
Bradley, 1-night trip
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