De Vere University Arms Hotel

Regent Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1AD, United Kingdom
(4 star hotel)
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Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 3 reviews
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Welcoming place to stay

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 18, 2013

Don't be put off by the first view of this hotel. If HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and customs) was given the contract to design a hotel then this is what they would come up with. It looks like it should home middle ranking bureaucrats going about thge sould destroying tedious lives. The dirty great car park hiding the entrance doesn't help either.

On the plus side the inside is well maintained if rather boringly traditional. I did however quite like the reproduction of a drawing showing the party put on by Cambridge to mark the coronation of the queen (Victoria rather than Elizabeth of course). This event took place on Parker's piece (public park) into a corner of which the hotel was built. Looking out over this public space whilst taking breakfast really lmproves the whole ambience. Football was invented on that piece of turf (see another tip) whilst nowdays its a short cut for the cycling student hoardes and an informal practice area for sports teams.

Rooms are traditional, no great surprises but no horrors either.

Unique Quality: Plenty of 'establishment' touches around the place with rooms after the great and the good of English history (although good in this context usually means thrashing the froggies in battle). I noticed that the 'churchill' room was labelled with a series of inspiring quotes from the great man (and he only thrashed the bosh rather than the garlic eaters). Please excuse the casual racism but staying here for three nights brought it on...now wheres the Daily Teelgraph gone ?

There's something oh so english about the place that must attract european visitors in the summer. Could it be the odd eccentricity such as a breakfast item labelled 'Boiled eggs with soilders'. If you don't know what they are then clearly you must be suspect. Tally ho. SB

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Pricey, but good location

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 22, 2007

This hotel is a nice old building with what looks like a 1960s car park stuck on the back. My room was in the car park part. It was comfortable enough, with all mod-cons (including TV, free internet access, tea-making facilities with biscuits, bathroom with L'Occitane toiletries and very fluffy towels, trouser press and iron and ironing board) but a bit small for the price (£155 per night bed and breakfast).

It is well-located within easy walking distance of the city centre, and has (limited) parking facilities (£12 per day).

Unique Quality: Breakfast is served in the ballroom, with views over Parker's Piece. Try to get a window table.

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I splurged like a Mata Hari

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 11, 2006

Breakfast and newspapers in bed, afternoon coffee in typicall red leather sofa in the saloon. All that was missing for a trip back in time...... was a Churchill's cigar and the titles in the newspapers.

Besides, it seemed to me they traditionally hire students to do the cleaning/serve in the restaurant. So don't get cocky and let small details spoil your stay, but think that you're helping someone pay his/her tuition.

Unique Quality: It worths all the money, but ask for a room with a view, in the old wing.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible
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  • Free High Speed Internet

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