BEST FOR: Short breaks for foodies seeking relaxation and travelling by car.
GENERAL IMPRESSIONS: An independent, modern hotel with notable culinary offerings and walls full of contemporary artwork.
ROOMS: Premier King rooms are spacious and modern, and their bathrooms include rainfall showers and separate bathtubs. Note that ‘King’ beds are actually two single beds pushed together. Other features include work desks, seating areas, laptop-size safes and minibars. There are also flat-screen TVs, though channels beyond a basic few incur a surcharge.
AMENITIES: There’s a guest conservatory attached to the bar and a spacious garden area with outdoor seating. Other amenities include an off-road gravel car park (free for guests to use) and complimentary WiFi access (unlimited, though it’s pretty slow).
PRICE GUIDE: Standard king rooms from £215 per night including hot breakfast for two.
BREAKFAST: The full English breakfast is served in generous portions and offers a hearty start to the day, while there’s also a continental buffet spread if you fancy something lighter. The breakfast menu includes alternative hot options such as kippers and scrambled eggs, though some dishes incur a surcharge.
OTHER FOOD AND DRINK: The on-site Graffiti Restaurant (see our restaurant review here) offers upscale British cuisine in a contemporary setting, as well as a bar area with a generous selection of wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks and coffees. Room service is also available.
LOCAL AREA: Situated just off the A14 and M11 roads and a 30-minute walk from the city centre. Close to the University of Cambridge’s Girton College with a few small shops dotted around for essentials.
GETTING THERE: A better option for those travelling by car than those using public transport. It’s just under four miles from the train station so plan to take a taxi if you’ll be arriving by train.