Stay: The Tamburlaine Cambridge

Popping up today with a quick one, just to dish the deets on our stay at the Tamburlaine Cambridge. This hotel had been on my radar for a while, so when it came to finding accommodation for our Cambridge trip, I didn’t look anywhere else.

Located a literal stones throw from Cambridge train centre, it’s not the most central location, but it was perfect for us. We were happy to be a short 20 minute walk from the busier areas, the hotel was blissfully peaceful, and the weather was good for a stroll. There’s no parking at the hotel, but the train station car park behind was £5 for 24 hours, so a steal really.

Now, let’s be real, this hotel is an instagrammers dream. From herringbone marble tiled floors, plush velvet seating, marble tables and rows upon rows of bookshelves filled with classics. Connor and I joked that this hotel looked like the inside of my head, and my god I just wanted to photograph it all.

We booked direct with the hotel, and they were really helpful over the phone when we decided last minute to extend our trip by a day. We booked a Fresher Room, which is one of their standard rooms, and honestly it was just beautiful.

The room itself was huge, plenty of room to spread out, a giant bed didn’t dwarf the room. It was without a doubt one of the best beds I’ve ever slept in, aside from being huge, it had a generous sized topper, big pillows and luxurious bedlinen too.

We had a seating area next to large floor to ceiling windows, a desk (perfect for doing my makeup in), ample wardrobe space and a well stocked tea tray. The mini fridge was restocked daily with sparkling and mineral water, and the products in the gorgeous marble bathroom were The White Company – swoon.

We checked in, and after our five hour drive were pretty knackered. We had a bottle of wine from Sainsbury’s round the corner, and we put our call into room service.

We were really impressed with the room service, straight from the hotel’s restaurant The Dining room, the food was hot, tasty and fast. The food arrived within 15 minutes and is the same price as if you were to eat downstairs, just with a £5 tray charge. No over-inflated charges here.

I was craving comfort food so I ordered the Spaghetti Bolognese, the portion was huge and super tasty. Connor opted for the chicken burger, a monstrous affair topped with bacon, chipotle mayo and pickles, served with the chunkiest chips ever. We split a portion of onion strings too, and can’t fault anything, it was all delicious and super fresh tasting.

We had three glorious nights of sleep in the giant cosy bed (and definitely some fights when we got home about the size of our bed), and were genuinely sad to leave the Tamburlaine. It’s a very thoughtfully designed hotel, we had everything we needed and it looked great to boot. The hotel was absolutely spotless too, and housekeeping were very gracious about helping out after we accidentally smashed a glass too.

The hotel boasts a restaurant, bar, afternoon tea garden room, coffee shop, library, gym, and they even have bikes you can use during your trip

The staff were friendly, helpful, we were waiting for friends one morning in the lobby, and the doorman took us on a full tour of the facilities, explaining the history of the hotel and talking us through the decor choices.

Honestly I’d go back to the Tamburlaine in a heartbeat. It wasn’t the cheapest hotel I’ve ever stayed in, but it was worth every penny.

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