“ Address: Trumpington Street / Cambridge / CB2 1QA / England „
We spent a night at The Hotel Du Vin Cambridge last weekend as part of their special Sunday deal (Spend £75 in the bistro on a Sunday and spend the night for a tenner), When we booked there were no £10 rooms left for the Sunday we wanted, so we were offered a studio suite for £20 which we took.
I'd heard people rave about boutique hotels before (and in particular the Du Vin hotels) but hadn't taken too much notice as I thought they were small and overpriced, preferring my luxury hotel stay to be in a larger hotel such as a Crowne Plaza or Hilton. So I set out with an open mind with regards of what to expect from my stay.
The Du Vin in Cambridge is located on the very quaint Trumpington Street on the edge of the city centre, just under 10 minutes' walk from the main shopping square and King's College. The road is beautiful and has some university buildings on it as well as the Fitzwilliam Museum which is well worth a visit.
The hotel building is actually a row of converted town houses and is very impressive and classy. The hotel and bistro have two separate entrances, but are linked inside so that you can go between the two easily. If arriving by taxi from the station you need to be careful when getting out of the cab in Trumpington Street as there is a conduit in between the pavement and road meaning wet feet if you aren't careful.
The reception area of the hotel is very small but gives a cosy feel straight away. There is a huge painted mural on the wall of reception that wouldn't look out of place in a gallery - it's very impressive and shows a scene of people enjoying themselves. Upon arrival we were checked in and given our room key, which was on the biggest leather key fob you have ever seen - there was no chance of us losing our room key during our stay, that's for sure - it took up half my handbag!
Each of the 41rooms in the hotel have names rather than numbers, and our room was the strangely entitled "Madfish", on the very top floor of the hotel (the annexe). There was a lift, but it only went up to the 2nd floor so we had to do the stairs for the final bit! The hallways of the hotel are very nicely and tastefully decorated.
Our room was nicely sized with a huge bed, sofa, work area, wardrobe, flat screen TV and DVD player and a HUGE oversized free-standing bath which was the height of luxury! The bath was technically in the bedroom, but it was more like the bathing area and bedroom were open plan - as the flooring around the bath was obviously slate tiled and not carpeted like the rest of the room! This was great as you could watch TV whilst in the bath - that's something you can't do at home, isn't it?! Just behind the bath was a frosted glass screen, and behind that was the monsoon shower that the Du Vin hotels are famed for - and it didn't disappoint! It was possibly the best shower experience you could have... no water pressure problems here! The towels waiting for you on the towel rail were white and fluffy beyond belief too so bathing/showering was a fab experience J Fluffy white bathrobes are also provided, as were quite large travel toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and bath/shower gel.
The toilet was in a separate room off of the main room, along with a large square sink which mixed old-style functionality with modern design for a sharp looking bathroom. The toilet (well the room) was a little small perhaps but then how much space do you need to go to the toilet or brush your teeth..?
We didn't have much of a view from our windows as we faced the back of the hotel, but I think you have to expect that in a city centre hotel.
The bed was really big and comfortable, complete with Egyptian cotton linen which again felt very luxurious.
The bistro was really nice, but quite expensive. We had no trouble racking up the £75 bill we needed to get the room deal but the food was gorgeous.
We didn't get time to visit the bar, but we did spend some time relaxing in the old library which is a fab quiet room full of leather chairs and old books - it's like being in a Sherlock Holmes film!
The hotel has a real cosy feel and I would love to return in winter to spend a weekend relaxing in the warm whilst it is all cold outside! You can borrow DVDs from reception to watch in your room and even board games to play, and I reckon that would be great on a winter's day when it's all cold and dreary outside. I just need to hope they repeat this deal in winter or do another one as I couldn't really justify the normal £225 a night for the room we had (and breakfast is extra!).
I absolutely loved this hotel as you can probably tell from my gushing review and I would really recommend it - especially if you can get a good price or have a special occasion to celebrate. Everything is really luxurious and special and it's the small touches that this boutique hotel delivers that make it a fab hotel in my book! It was a much nicer place to stay than the Crowne Plaza where we stayed the last time we were in Cambridge. If I'm being really picky, the only bad thing I could say is that you need to remember to put your "Do not disturb" hanger on the door as the cleaners didn't knock before coming in on the day we were leaving. Oh, and there is no BBC2 reception in all the rooms for some reason (this bothered my partner more than me - he even mentioned it to reception who seemed to be aware of the problem!).
Luxury boutique hotel.