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Hotel Felix, Cambridge – review


For any Londoner, a visit to Cambridge is the perfect weekend getaway.

Just 48 minutes by train, a visit to Cambridge the quintessential British city break . Situated along the River Cam, Cambridge has an old-timey feel to it and as soon as you arrive, you settle into the relaxed vibe of the village.

While there, a punt along the River Cam is a must, even just to see the beautiful University buildings along the way – and student revellers in all their boat shoe glory.

We visited Cambridge recently and stayed in the delightful Hotel Felix.

Where is it?

Just one mile from Cambridge’s city centre, Hotel Felix is close enough to explore the city but far away enough to feel like you’ve stepped into a country retreat.

Cambridge – filled with pubs, quaint passages surrounding the market place and a number of independent shops – really comes alive in the summertime.

Style

Hotel Felix is a boutique hotel with a country house feel. Set among beautiful leafy gardens, the hotel combines its traditional Victorian architecture with contemporary design for a lavish result.

A popular wedding spot, the woodland out the back of the hotel is perfect for a quaint garden ceremony and they have a separate room for wedding receptions.

The rooms are standard as far as hotel rooms go, if not a bit more spacious. Each of the rooms are individually styled with plush furnishings and the underfloor heating in the ensuites is an extra delight.

(Hotel Felix)

Oh, so comfortable beds are the main attraction of the room and are so lush that you just want to sink into them and never leave. The king size beds have egyptian cotton sheets and duck down duvets curated to take you to that next level of comfort.

Felix’ restaurant, Graffiti is true to its name with its eclectic style. The bright colour palette of reds and purples intertwined with crushed velvet feels a tad dated and out of place with the manicured garden setting outside Graffiti’s windows, but perhaps it’s this juxtaposition that they were going for.

Food & Drink

Regardless, the AA two rosette award winning, fine dining restaurant serves up some divine food. While there, I tried the summer risotto, lamb shoulder and chocolate torte.

(Hotel Felix)

As a risotto fiend, the touches of mint and pesto made for a delightful summer twist to the classic winter dish. For the main, the lamb was cooked perfectly and combined with potatoes, feta and a spiced aubergine puree. When dessert came, I never wanted it to end. The chocolate torte was dense and rich, accompanied with hazelnut praline and yoghurt sorbet. The food at Hotel Felix is reason in itself to visit.

For breakfast, you can choose form the standard continental or order from their cooked breakfast menu. The continental breakfast has a range of cereals and pastries, but we went for the full English breakfast which came with eggs, bacon, sausages and all the usual trimmings.

Extracurriculars

Currently, Hotel Felix are offering a ‘Punt and Stay’ package where, for just £185, you can stay in one of their King bedrooms, have a three-course evening meal at Graffiti, full English breakfast and two tickets for the iconic tour along the River Cam.

Punting along the river is a must-do while in Cambridge and the guides are locals, so they reel off a number of interesting facts along the way This offer is available until October 29.

How to get there

From London, you can get to Cambridge from King’s Cross or Liverpool Street Station – sometimes costing as little as £11 return. Once at Cambridge, the easiest way to get to the hotel is via cab which will cost £10 one-way. From the hotel, it’s a half-hour walk into the city centre.

Best for

Couples looking for a romantic weekend away close to London.

Details

Stays at Hotel Felix are from £235 per night based on two sharing a king room on a B&B basis. hotelfelix.co.uk/​

Hotel Felix is featured in the Signpost Guide 2018 published by Visit Heritage, paperback £10.99 available from visitheritage.co.uk.



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