Where to Stay in Cambridge?
Thumbs up for choosing to stay in the historical English city of Cambridge, also known as the City of Bikes! Traditionally, many tourists visiting London would spend all of their holidays in the capital thinking they’ve explored all the English history. Sadly not, cause the real English fairytale lies in the historical towns of Cambridge, Oxford, York and beyond. Due to the close proximity with London, only 50 mins direct train from the Kings Cross Station, Cambridge is becoming one of the popular tourist destination in England.
Cambridge is home to the world’s famous University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209. It is a university town located in Cambridgeshire, England on the River Cam, with a population of approximately 150,000 people including 25,000 students. This beautiful town has been an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages. Although the first town charters were granted in the 12th century, modern city status was not officially transferred until 1951. Apart from the famous King’s College Chapel, renowned colleges and the world’s largest legal deposit Cambridge University Library, the city is famous for its marvellous architecture, colourful houses, historic churches, Anglia Ruskin University and the Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
I have been happily living in Cambridge for the past 6 years. The lush green parks and gardens, fresh breeze and tranquility of the River Cam makes it a perfect place to stay and explore. Because Cambridge is a very small city, you only have a few good options on where to sleep in the city of bikes.
The Gonville Hotel
Located in the heart of Cambridge, facing 25 acres of open parkland, The Gonville Hotel is a perfect place to stay in the historical city of Cambridge. The original section of the building was built in 1830 by Gonville and Caius College, as a house for one of its’s Senior Fellows, which was later changed into a guest house with 15 bedrooms in 1948. The Gonville Hotel was opened in 1972 and within a few years, the main building was expanded into two wings increasing the total number of bedrooms to 92. Today, it’s one of the visitor’s top choice of places to stay in Cambridge.
In order to experience the authentic botanical vibes of Cambridge, I chose to stay at the Gresham House, which is a beautiful Victorian property situated in the tranquil grounds of The Gonville Hotel. This historic villa has been lovingly restored to create eight luxurious and beautifully appointed feature bedrooms, each with its own botanical theme.
I stayed in Agapanthus bedroom located on the first floor of the villa, which offers stunning garden vibes and amazing amenities.
The room had several facilities including:
Hypnos King size beds with Elite Cashmere mattresses featuring a ReActive™ 9-turn pocket spring system – each spring independently senses your shape to provide total spinal and body support, creating a perfect night’s sleep.
Sony 4K Smart TV
Bose wireless speakers
ESPA toiletries – for natural beauty and renowned sense of inner calm
Separate bath and separate rain shower
Bathrobe and slippers
Handmade Chocolates by Master chocolatier Hans Schweitzer
Turn Down Service
The handmade chocolates were so delicious that I kept craving for more. I can personally guarantee that it was one of the best night sleeps I’ve had in a very long time, which is probably because of their special mattresses. I was so relaxed that I didn’t want to get out of the bed at 7am. Eventually, I had to get up early to enjoy a luxurious bath using their ESPA toiletries before breakfast.
The bathtub was so chic and spacious that I couldn’t resist myself but to spend more time in it. I pulled out the latest art collection by Jon Harris, Artist About Cambridge, featuring his finest paintings and drawings about Cambridge in a book. The artist’s work is not a depiction of Cambridge, but is rather about his fascination with unregarded vistas, hidden-gems and back streets. Harris has unrivalled knowledge and understanding of Cambridge and its environs inform every painting and drawing, helping you enjoy a thousand things you might otherwise miss. Looking and reading about the fascinating sights of Cambridge made my morning more joyful than ever. After spending sometime in the bathtub like a diva, I dragged myself to the dinning room for breakfast.
I was a little late for breakfast but the Chef was kind enough to still serve me delicious breakfast. I don’t eat a lot in the morning so an omelette was all I wanted. I was offered lots of fruits, juices, tea/coffee and much more with the latest newspaper.
After enjoying breakfast, it was time to enjoy another great perk of staying at The Gonville Hotel by riding one its’ vintage cars. They have two Classic Bentley’s including a 1958 S1 Bentley in Silver and a 1960 S2 Bentley in Golden Sand fully restored to offer a truly luxurious journey. This is the only hotel in Cambridge who offers this exclusive service. Elliot, my Concierge is extremely knowledgeable and has given me an excellent tour of Cambridge, creating an unforgettable memory.
Due to the popularity of this luxurious service, you must pre-book this service in order to avoid disappointments. You can find more information regarding how to book the Gonville Bentleys here.
Elliot stopped the car at various locations for photo opportunities. I truly felt like a royalty throughout the tour. Many tourists had asked if I’m a celebrity or a groom. I replied, ‘Just being a diva in my own city’.
After an hour long tour of Cambridge, Elliot dropped me back at the hotel for lunch. The lovely Sales Manageress, Charlotte, had arranged a perfect weekend for me. To my surprise, there were #GonvilleBikes for hotel guests that I could use without any charge. I was so thrilled to see the lovely brand new bikes that I decided to shopping after lunch. I took a long route, started from the Parker’s Piece to the Kings College, Trinity College followed by the Backs.
To be honest, the best and the fastest way to get around Cambridge is using a bike. All the major roads are quite narrow and the buses never arrives on time. The Gonville Bikes are my favourite thing about this hotel. Though you can also rent it from a bike shop in the town, they will charge a minimum of £10 for a day. So, why not enjoy the City of Bikes on a bike?
My overall verdict about my stay at The Gonville Hotel is Highly Positive. Comfy bed, relaxing bath, delicious breakfast, luxurious Bentley and amazing bikes, what else could I wish for to make my stay perfect?
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Cambridge, my recommendation would be The Gonville Hotel due to its extra perks. Bikes, Bentley, Bath and the Bed made my stay the Best!
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