De Vere University Arms Hotel

, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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De Vere University Arms Hotel

, Cambridge
4 star

Rooms: 125

Regent Street - Cambridge - England - CB2 1AD - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01223351241
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Terrific place to stay

from oakleas
My husband and I stayed in this hotel as wedding guests and after reading some of the reviews I find it quite astonishing. Admittedly some TLC is certainly needed, especially in the bedrooms but everything is spotlessly clean, friendly maids, porters who would do anything help and all the staff were extremly courtesous and polite. There were other functions taking place at the same time and yet we were made to feel we were the only ones there. We had a lady manager who took us to our room, showed us how to use everything, told us about the R17 which we went back and tried and the food was great although a little pricey. The friendliness, cleanliness and helpfulness of everyone was beyond reproach and we would definately return

Annoying and stressfull but survivable if you ignore all the bad...

from A TripAdvisor Member
My experience with the DeVere University Arms is a bittersweet one. Seeking accommodation for our wedding guests, my partner and I were at first impressed by the friendly and organised reservations manager. We reserved a block of rooms at a set price. Then, closer to the wedding, things began to get funky. The reception staff seemed to lack basic communication skills and also the precise details of our block reservation i.e how many rooms and the agreed price. It came to my notice that some friends and family had been overcharged (above the rate we had told them to expect) and in some cases turned away from the hotel and told there was no availability DESPITE MY HAVING SPECIFICALLY RESERVED ROOMS SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE. Do not get these people involved in your wedding/anything else, unless you really thrive on stress. Having said all this, my own room (The Emmanuel Suite) was super and I actually enjoyed my stay. Upon request, the hotel booked us into a fine local restaurant and even negotiated to keep the kitchen open. The location is situated very close to a number of good restaurants. True to form, the University Arms managed to sour our experience as we checked out to fly away on honeymoon by attempting to charge us for newspapers not yet delivered! Seems £159 per night is just not enough.

Overpriced but very nice

from A TripAdvisor Member
We've stayed at the University Arms twice and enjoyed both visits. Because we were meeting up with other people, we enjoyed the large bar with its comfortable couches and seating groups. The staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel does do a lot of catering and conference business, so sometimes the restaurant and bar are overcrowded and noisy. The location is perfect, though -- central to the main sights, and convenient for shopping and dining. It is overpriced, though, and neither of the rooms we had were particularly roomy.


from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked a queen room for one night on 29th May 2006 and were a little let down with the general quality of the room.

Decor was dank, the bathroom door would not shut, there was some tissue tucked into the side of the main bedroom light (?) and the room looked out on to an airconditioning unit.

The only benefits were the central location and the breakfast.

Wouldn't book here again!

Very Disappointing

from A TripAdvisor Member
Had low expectations going in (last minute booking on a busy weekend in Cambridge) and this hotel managed not to meet them. Rooms were of a very poor standard, service was shabby and the hotel itself is a testament to the crimes of the 'Brutalist' school of architecture. Steer well clear of this place.

Call the Police, we was done by DeVere in Cambridge

from adogranonthepitch
£180 we spent on a Executive Queen Room for one night bed and breakfast on a Saturday night. Call the Police, because we were stiched up like a kipper!

The room is supposed to individual in nature. It is about as individual as a Travelodge.

I think executive means you get a small table and two chairs with, wait for it, a bucket of ice with the free bottled water! Oooooo, DeVere, you spoil us!

The bath was as wide as Kare Moss's waist,, the the toliet was a filthy under the rim, there was a strange brown mark on the tiles.

Breakfast, lets say Litttle Chef (UK motorway chain for our foreign friends) would be ashamed.

The Parkers Bar was very nice though and the staff were very good.

Dont go at the weekends though, as they have weddings and the Disco is very loud (although great if you like deep bass from the latest R'nB artists from our American cousins).

Apart from that, everything was OK.

PS. There is bar/pub just down caleed Bar One Bar, great food, atmosphere and beer

awful hotel

from shrink64
We booked through Expedia. Room was allotted before our arrival. It was supposed to be a standard double ,and it was anything but.Noisy, and cluttered,with one chair.Bathroom was tiny measuring 6feet by 2 feet. Car park is small and once you are in it is not possible to get out easily.I would not recommend this hotel to any one.

Great hotel, great location

from lillibut
After reading the reviews about this hotel I was worried what we would find when myself and husband went for our anniversary weekend

I was plesantly suprised.

After informing the lovely receptionist on arrival that it was our anniversary, she upgraded our room to a Queen from a deluxe double. Although the room wasn't ready, we were offered coffee in the bar whilst the porter (who was also lovely) looked after our bags.

Within 10 minutes we had the key to our room. Ok, so the decor is typically English in the rooms (floral, but not ott) however ours was SERIOUSLY clean, had a gorgeous view of the park and lots of tea and coffee provisions.

The restuarant in the hotel looked a bit pricey, so we stepped out of the door to a street full of places to eat and drink. This hotel is in a brilliant location, you are minutes away from the Cam, shops and colleges.

Porters bar (in the hotel) is a nice place to sit and watch people stroll through the park. The leather sofas are very comfy!

Breakfast is buffet style. Its not the best I've ever tasted but theres a wide variety and the cooked things are very hot!! The restuarant manager was great, smiling, attentive but not too much. The waiting staff were also charming, nothing was too much trouble.

I would definately recommened this hotel to others. Polite, friendly staff and clean rooms (we were nosy and looked in a family room whilst it was being cleaned, it too was spotless) are an asset.

DO request a park view room. Lovely way to people watch!

not all that bad

from A TripAdvisor Member
we stayed one night when our son was at interviews for the nearby Emmanuel College which is just down the road , so conveniently located .
The breakfast is generous , not top quality but a good English fill you upper .
Rooms small but adequate and at 90 GBP or less it's not a bad deal .

Extremly bad and overpriced hotel

from Yakubovskaya
We stayed 2 nights in this hotel, it was very bad experience. Some of the receptionists at the front desk were very unplesant (not to say rude). They are also unprofessional, showing all the time how difficult for them to udnerstand a foreign accent. The hotel has a shabby, old fashioned entrance (not the one shown on the picture), small and noisy rooms, tiny bathrooms and greasy food for the breakfast. There was no minibar in the room. We didn't ask to change the room only to avoid talking with the rude personnel. The hotel restaurant is not good as well.

I would never stay in this hotel again and wouldn't recommend it to the other people.

Top Local Tips for Cambridge

Getting from the railway station to the city centre Citibus 1 and Citibus 7 both speedily get you into the city centre for only £1 per person and are very frequent so not worth a taxi if you are going that way.

Sightseeing Do the sightseeing bus trip first - you can get on and off at will and it will show you all Cambridge has to offer and where to look for it. For a little extra you can combine a punting trip on the same ticket

Best free show in town Don't miss choral evensong at one of the colleges. Times are posted in the Porter's Lodges.


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  • Address: Regent Street - Cambridge - England - CB2 1AD - United Kingdom
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