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Today was our first (and only) day without cycling. After a late breakfast we set about the job of sight seeing in Ely. It is a lovely city with much to explore and we wiled away most of the day walking about the city and paying homage at Cromwell's House and also visiting the Ely museum.
The Riverside Inn is definitely ...
The weather forecast hadn't looked that favourable and as we read the front pages in the newsagent the previous day there seemed to be a day of reckoning coming. Of course this was overstated, but as we sat in the B&B eating our breakfast, the rain started to pour down to add to the high winds that had whipped-up overnight.
In that sort of weather it doesn't really matter what you wear in terms of waterproofs as nothing is going to ...
... kitchen while Larry and I used their internet. I finished the blog from yesterday and sent it. Jim and Max were outside with a black Labrador they are dog-sitting.
We left at about 11:00 for the American Cemetery for Americans killed in WWII just outside Cambridge. It was a smaller version of the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in France. We went and saw the graves first and then went to ...
... town and getting caught up. I cannot believe the luck I had with the weather on this trip, as if the skies were apologizing for all of the rain in Ireland. It was 16 degrees and sunny today, and I soaked up so much of it I’m definitely a bit sunburned this evening.
Continuing our walk we explored a few of Cambridge’s famous colleges, like Trinity College, and then walked along the river, watching the punters go by. Tourists ...
... they refused to let you take your case on-board. They have the power...
Remember that everything you carry has to go in the one case before boarding. I am leaving some stuff/clothes behind so that I can take my ipad, camera, Kindle and sketchbook.
It will be a terrific, memorable, above all sunny, week: can't wait!
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PASSPORTS AND EHICS ARE BROUGHT INTO SCHOOL ASAP. WE HAVE MOST IN ALREADY AND ARE WAITING FOR THE REST.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Felix Cambridge
Pricey...but worth it!
My girlfriend and I stayed at the Felix for one night to celebrate my 26th birthday, and I would thoroughly recommend it for a short break/weekend. I booked online after stumbling across the website and thought it looked very contemporary and romantic. It certainly wasn't cheap (at £195.00 for the night), but everything was done to a high standard, from the staff (very attentive and helpful), the rooms (comfort, size, well designed, big shower head!) and easy access (five minutes outside cambridge, which is great for shopping). The restaurant, grafitti, was very atmospheric and relaxing, and again the service was very good and the food was well thought out, presented and enjoyable. The only downside would be the price of the champagne! so i would recommend taking your own and paying the £15 corkage!
Only suitable for business clients
We booked a two night early bird stay with Hotel Felix, as a romantic break having looked at their website and decided the hotel looked charming and intimate. If this is the kind of thing you are planning, DON'T GO to Hotel Felix!
There are NO grounds - only 3 car parks, the rooms are distinctly average (and overpriced, even on early bird rate) and all built in two massive & overpowering modern, local-hospital-style extensions (we marvelled at how they ever got planning permission!). Our room was on a busy corridor and overlooked the car park. Also, the hotel is FULL of conference guests - everywhere you turn you can see powerpoint screens and hear presentations. My partner said it was just like being at work, which wasn't the atmosphere we really wanted.
The staff were helpful though, and immediately cancelled the second night of our stay at no cost. We were moved to one of only four rooms in the main building (yes, the building featured so heavily on the website) which was the pleasant penthouse (we paid £125 and that was plenty, I'd never have paid the £280 standard price). Dinner was lovely - but not outstanding - and breakfast was AWFUL (one supermarket croissant, warm - and we thought off -yoghurt and cheap sliced bread).
We couldn't leave fast enough. The reality of the hotel is not what they seem to be offering on their website at all - maybe nice for the corporate crowd but not for couples/families.
Stayed shortly after it had opened. ditzy service, no air conditioning on a super hot night spoiled the ambience somewhat. Lovely furnishing and CD player - no DVD but not worth the rack rate of approx £150 quid a night. Better off at the Sleep Inn up the road. Which is a shame really....
Not for families
Just come back from this hotel with my husband and 3 year old. Although it has a lovely light and modern feel, it is a strangely unwelcoming place. Staff were generally indifferent. When I mentioned that my son would be joining us I felt a collective shudder run through them.
He was not allowed to join us for dinner ''We have to think of other guests and cant he just stay in the room by himself!" Hmm, this treating of children as lepers really must stop especially as we paid £158 for the priviledge and the toilet seat was broken and the cutlery in the room had not been cleaned!
Dinner at the restaurant was brasserie food - perfectly fine but overpriced.
Only go there without kids and if you have nothing better to spend your money on.
Only book at the cheap rate!
Having just returned from a fleeting visit to Hotel Felix i thought i'd add my comments.
Some people on this site have complained that the hotel is expensive at 200-250 pounds. This i would agree with, but if you can wait until 4 days before your arrival to book, then you can get (as i did) a 'Premium' room at 110 pounds by booking through their website.
This i would say represents good value.
The Felix does look a little travel lodgey from the outside but is much improved inside. The rooms are nice, and i loved the power showers. Service was very good, as was the bar/restaraunt (i didnt eat dinner here however - it seemed pricey).
The grounds are ceratinly not 'extensive' as they would have you believe but it was very pleasant enjoying a drink on the terrace overlooking the small gardens.
Cambridge is a fair walk (around 20-30minutes) although a cab will only set you back 6 quid. Cambridge itself is beautiful, with plenty of restaraunts and bars to keep you occupied in the evening. Enjoy!...
Concrete and carparks - don't believe the hype
The Hotel Felix marketing leads one to believe that you will be escaping for the weekend to a luxury country house hotel in its own extensive landscaped grounds. Don't believe it! The central part of the hotel is a Victorian house (it has four bedrooms) and the rest i(by far the biggest part, is like an up market travel lodge. We paid £200 per night for a "premier room" that overlooked the carpark and bins and, although boutique on the inside, was more like my local shopping centre on the outside. Don't waste your money.
Poor value for money
£250 per night and it felt like we were being fleeced. The room was average, we had only two tea bags in the room, a small bag of crisps was charged at £1.75 but worst of all after being out to eat on Saturday evening, returned at 11.00 to find a noisy disco inthe adjacent room. Management were useless and told us it would stop at midnight. We sat for an hour with the walls shaking. Despite three vists to reception to complain the manager said nothing in the morning.I don't mind paying to stay somewhere good but this just felt like awful value
Expensive Travel Inn
First impressions count, when you pull into the drive & carpark it looks like you have just splashed out on an expensive Travel Inn ! When entering the hotel however there are several original works of art on the walls and the bar & restaurant look inviting. The walk through to the rooms again just didn't feel right, I was right back at the ?40 per night travel Inn. A definite roller coaster ride, as when you get to the room, it's clean, comfy and has a few luxuries. Dinner is wonderful, on the first night. The second and last time we ate in the restaurant the service was awful. We actually felt ignored and very nearly left. This ruined our stay at the hotel, the consequence of that and the travel Inn vibe means we will not be going back.
Very nice but just lacking something
Me and 'er indoors went for a minibreak just after the new year. We decided on the hotel after much deliberation and looking at this site.
It's very stylish in that boutique kind of way. We ate in the restaurant the first night which was very nice; and were recommended a great curry place(Cafe Naz) by the staff on our second( we had a craving OK)
Our room was great, the staff were very friendly and the service was very efficient. I just felt there was something a little soulless about the place.
Would I go back mmmm probably, just can't quite put my finger on waht was missing.
Sofisticated, relaxed style... 3 thumbs up!
My boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary together yesterday. For the past two weeks we spent many hours deliberating on where to go. We were only going for one night, so we didnt want to stray too far from our base in central london. At some point, I landed on the website for the Hotel Felix in Cambridge. I have heard many great things about Cambridge, and since it was only an hours journey out of London, we decided that this was where we would go! We hopped on the train, and in about an hour, we arrived at the Hotel Felix. The picture on the website displays an old stone mansion, however this was blocked by a huge ugly brick extension that had been added to the side.
However, that is where my negative commends end. Upon entering the hotel, we found it strangely quiet in a very peaceful and relaxing way.
We were quickly attended to and shown to our room, which was designed extremely tastefully. Modern and simple but everything seemed to be of the highest quality. ...and the mattress.... WOW! What heaven! Dinner was spent in the downstairs restaurant, "Graffiti." A dark, and soothing affair with eye catching art work and lights. Dinner was good...not amazing, but quite good. The servers were friendly and efficient, and we went to bed on our heavenly mattress with the feeling that we had chosen the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary!!!
Other points to mention are that it is aprox a half hour walk to the centre of the Cambridge, which is nice because it is very quiet and has a slightly secluded feel. I will reccomend it to all my friends!!