Journey overview: The Varsity Lodge & Spa, Cambridge

Once I consider Cambridge, the very first thing that involves thoughts is the celebrated college.

However whereas it’s identified for that, and on arrival you could marvel in the event you’ve slipped to Amsterdam because of the quantity of bikes taking the streets, there’s extra to town than its academic services.

I took a visit to The Varsity Lodge & Spa in Cambridge to see what town actually has to supply.

Packing a bag and hopping into the automotive with my good friend Myah Skeete, we highway tripped right down to Cambridge, with a cease at Leon and McDonalds for a McPlant.

If driving to the lodge, you could marvel the place the parking is and after staying right here – I truthfully couldn’t inform you.

Journey overview: The Varsity Lodge & Spa, Cambridge
The room has a pleasant view of Cambridge

On arrival, there’s a valet service which requests you give half-hour discover to have your automotive returned to you.

It’s a heat welcome to the lodge, however you do must take your baggage to your room your self – if yow will discover the elevate.

This isn’t unprecedented however I’ve present in 4 star properties, sometimes I’m escorted to the room with help for my baggage.

Wet room The Varsity Cambridge
The moist room is kind of spacious

The room itself is kind of spacious, with a moist room, with respectable water stress, to bathe in. There are robes, slippers and an umbrella stashed away within the wardrobe – one thing I solely anticipate from 5 star inns.

Breakfast on the Varsity presents a scenic 360 view of Cambridge, the complimentary continental breakfast presents a small vary of things.

You may assist your self to toast (white or granary), a fruit cup or most notably pancakes made by a machine – but it surely did run out after we had simply two.

Breakfast at SIX Cambridge
Breakfast was underwhelming

You can too assist your self to a boiled egg, with directions accessible for the way lengthy to boil it for.

There’s a collection of juices and a further menu to order sizzling breakfast from.

I’d say it’s an okay pitstop but it surely may be price popping to the encircling space to see what they’ve on provide.

Personally I desire a bit extra of a spread included within the breakfast buffet, with The Trafalgar St. James London or Hyatt Place London Metropolis East each standing out to me as nice breakfast buffets.

The Chelsea bun at Fitzbillies
The Chelsea bun at Fitzbillies

We headed to Fitzbillies after listening to numerous hype across the Chelsea bun and… it was okay.

It appears to be like like it might come heat but it surely’s rather more of a room temperature state of affairs – I am glad I’ve tried it however I in all probability would not get it once more.

After wanting on the web site for this spa I used to be wanting ahead to the spa – the new tub boasted a beautiful view on-line but it surely wasn’t fairly how I anticipated it to be.

The spa house itself was actually fairly restricted, there weren’t loungers however chairs which made it really feel a bit bit like a ready room to get into the new tub (and there wasn’t a pool both).

The hot tub was a little underwhelming
The new tub was a bit underwhelming

As soon as I obtained into the new tub it was good for a short time, however on not less than three events I by chance touched the foot of another person.

It simply felt a bit bit cramped and with it primarily being {couples} on the location, I felt like I used to be massively invading their house as they cuddled up and crooned over one another.

I did benefit from the steam room and there is fairly a spread of therapies on the spa menu – and an workplace canine in reception in the event you’re a fan of puppies – however I used to be truthfully anticipating extra from it.

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My least favorite function of the spa was the window. It regarded out onto the river which in idea was good, however individuals may clearly see again in.

A couple of instances individuals outright stared at us after which even giggled, which did not make for probably the most enjoyable expertise.

This did occur later within the day – so maybe much less of an issue in the event you go earlier however I wasn’t thrilled.

French Martini
The cocktails have been sturdy

We headed as much as the restaurant on the sixth ground, which was the identical place we might had breakfast, and I truthfully had excessive hopes.

They’d a French Martini on the menu, which is by far my favorite cocktail, and I used to be shocked by how sturdy it was. When you’re ingesting alcohol, please drink responsibly.

I initially took it to be signal however the meals left some room to be desired.

I actually struggled with the scallops, which they then changed with a lamb samosa that I additionally did not massively get pleasure from.

The potatoes have been actually dry

For mains we tried the lobster and the lamb choices which left us feeling fairly underwhelmed.

I’m a giant fan of potatoes however discovered these ones to be actually dry and I struggled to complete.

The view from up there’s fairly good, but it surely wasn’t straightforward to see at evening and placement of metallic within the home windows actually did not assist.

This metal was eye level at the panoramic bar
This metallic was eye stage on the panoramic bar

The drinks are sturdy and an affordable value and I think about in the event you’re sat within the space the place the breakfast is served, it may very well be a pleasant spot to observe the sundown.

I would say it is undoubtedly higher for drinks than for meals.

Within the hotter months there is a rooftop bar that has a beautiful view of Cambridge, however I am undecided I will be dashing again anytime quickly.

I’ll say that the encircling space of the lodge was stunning, as I took in my environment I used to be blown away by the beautiful structure.

Cambridge is beautiful
Cambridge is gorgeous

In different visits I’ve needed to town I’ve indulged in ghost excursions and taking a better take a look at the college.

Cambridge is gorgeous and The Varsity has an excellent location with snug rooms, I simply would not be dashing for the lodge’s restaurant.

You may ebook in a keep at The Varsity on or Expedia.