Small Hotels in Cambridge

by Edwin Thomas
Cambridge University

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In many imaginations, Cambridge, England is the epitome of the quaint, leafy college town, dominated by Gothic and neo-classical college buildings and green lawns. Tourists, students, parents and business travelers alike all have reasons to travel to Cambridge, and one way to drink up the Cambridge experience is to avoid a big, impersonal hotel to find a room in a smaller place instead.


Cambridge has only a small handful of lodging establishments with 50 rooms or less, and most of these are situated outside the town center. As these hotels may or may not have access to the Cambridge bus system, visitors should pay close attention to exactly where their hotel is located and consult a map to ensure it is within walking distance of their particular points of interest. Visitors who choose to stay outside Cambridge should be prepared to do as many students and professors do -- walk or ride a bike into the city.

Ashley Hotel

Consisting of a pair of conjoined hotels located adjacent to Cambridge's historic center, the Ashley Hotel offers reasonably priced rooms in a convenient location. The 16 guest rooms are small, simple affairs, decorated in a fashion that combines motel sensibilities with traditional English furnishings. While the Ashley Hotel itself is a spartan affair, it is a sister establishment of the larger and better-equipped Arundel House Hotel. Meals and drinks at the Arundel House can be charged to Ashley Hotel accounts; the check-in desk is in the main hotel as well.

Hotel Felix

The Felix is a 52-room mid-room hotel set in a Victorian mansion in what are now the suburbs of Cambridge. The mansion itself has a few guest rooms, but is mostly used to house the hotel's restaurant and reception area, with most of the rooms located in a newer wing. Those rooms come decorated in a sleek, contemporary and mid-range fashion. Among the guest perks is access to a health club and spa in Cambridge's center. On the downside, the hotel is three miles from that town center.

Regent Hotel

The Regent is a 22-room hotel occupying a Georgian townhouse in a leafy part of Cambridge, adjacent to the green space of Parker's Piece. Guest rooms at the Regent are small but bright and come decorated in soft colors with contemporary furnishings. All guest rooms have bathtubs, which is an added plus in an English hotel; other amenities include Wi-Fi access. The hotel bar offers a pleasant place to warm up on a rainy day, with its fireplace and rotating wine list.

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