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The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

4-starThis establishment has received its official star rating from VisitEngland, the National Tourist Board for England.
24 Thompsons LaneCambridgeEnglandCB5 8AQUnited Kingdom

Luxury hotel with spa, near St. John's College
  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi
Great location
Bar and Beverages
Bar is awesome
Fantastic service
Value for money
Value for money could be better
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The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

from $144
  • Double Room (Graduates)
  • Room, 1 King Bed (Fellows)
  • Senior Suite (Fellows)
  • Senior Room, 1 King Bed (Fellows)
  • Senior Twin Room, 1 Twin Bed (Fellows)

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 *

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)
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
Working away
  • Conference space
  • One meeting room
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Year Built 2010
  • Elevator/lift
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower

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
  • Sofa bed
  • 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 massages. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, Ayurvedic, and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a sauna, a spa tub, a steam room, and Turkish bath/hammam.

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 restaurant serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Open daily.

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


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.

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

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 19.50 per night

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

What’s around The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge


  • Heart of Cambridge
  • University of Cambridge - 15 min walk
  • St. John's College - 4 min walk
  • Trinity College - 5 min walk
  • Church of St Mary the Great - 7 min walk
  • St Catharine's College - 11 min walk
  • King's College - 11 min walk
  • Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences - 13 min walk

Getting around

  • Cambridge (CBG) - 16 min drive
  • London (STN-Stansted) - 39 min drive
  • Cambridge Station - 29 min walk
  • Cambridge Waterbeach Station - 18 min drive
  • Cambridge Whittlesford Station - 19 min drive
  • Valet parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 184 reviews

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge
Very Good8.0
I liked it
My room was a bit small (based on US experience) but fine. Charming hotel. Great breakfast. Great area. Would easily come back. (I was only there for a couple of nights - business trip).
A Traveler, us2 night trip
The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge
Rooms were very nice, spacious, with an interesting bathroom which had a rain fall shower. Very close to college, and nice area to stroll. Room rate included breakfast, it was just a continental, eggs were an extra cost. Nice view from restaurant on 6th floor.
John, us1 night trip
The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge
Very Good8.0
Was a good hotel, but not great.
Only a couple small issues/nags with the hotel. First was the bed. It was way too firm for my liking. My bed at home is fairly firm, but this was almost too much for me. The fan for the heater sounded like it was going out and unfortunately did its part to keep me up. The view from the restaurant was amazing both at night and during the day. Overall it was a pretty descept hotel and would stay there again. I think the price was a bit high for the room and amenities.
A Traveler, us4 night business trip
The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge
Highly Recommended
Great hotel, fantastic location.
Henry, us1 night business trip
The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge
Very Good8.0
Great Experience in Cambridge
A very nice hotel, the Six Bar is great for Breakfast and Dinner, the nearby spa has services for anyone looking to workout or relax. The location is the best in the city everything is a 10minute walk away.
Eric, us6 night business trip

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The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge

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