Tamburlaine Hotel, Cambridge
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Situated just a few steps away from the railway station in Cambridge is the recently opened Tamburlaine Hotel.
The hotel is about a 20 minute walk into the centre of the city although there is a good bus and taxi service. London is easily accessible too with frequent trains running to the capital.
Named after the play by Christopher Marlowe who studied in the city, the hotel is the first in the UK by Irish hotel group, O'Callaghan.
The rooms too have an educational feel to their names: they come in 3 Styles such as the Fresher, Scholar rooms and the Dean Suites.
First impressions are good, the light airy reception lobby is complimented by a friendly yet professional welcome.
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The ergonomic chair by the desk was perfect but the best chair was the leather seating one in the room. I found it hard to leave as it was so cosy and comfortable.
The bed they say is one of the most comfortable and relaxing that you will sleep in - they were right.
Due to a recurring back pain that had been plaguing me for days, I was not at my best when I arrived. I awoke the following morning to discover my back pain had completely vanished! The Club Class Memory Pocket mattress is now on my shopping list.
The free Wi Fi was fast. It was good to see that the tea cups and saucers were of a high quality, no beakers here in this stylish boutique hotel. The complimentary bottles of water in the fridge were welcome too.
The marble bathroom was well appointed but I think that by not offering slippers or bathrobes the hotel are omitting things which tend to come as standard in high class hotels these days.
Breakfast is continental style but you can have a cooked English breakfast made to order if you wish, although during my stay I did not see anyone order a cooked breakfast.
The menu for the evening meal is not huge but even with my faddy eating I managed to find something I liked. My starter of Binham Blue Cheese Mousseline, Pear and Walnut Salad and Rosemary Biscuit was pleasantly presented and a good start to my meal.
My main of 8oz Rib Eye of rare breed beef was cooked to my preference and was tender, succulent and of excellent quality. Served with beef dripping cooked fries it was a good choice.
Dessert of Strawberry Cheesecake with Maple Basil and Strawberry Sorbet rounded off a superb meal in relaxing surroundings.
On the first two floors there are cosy areas such as the Library and other shared areas where you can relax. After walking around Cambridge all day and visiting the colleges and museums it was perfect to come back to such a nice hotel where you could relax in peace.
The area in front of the hotel is being developed but the excellent double glazing in my room meant I did not hear any disruption to spoil my stay.
My fellow hotel guests were a mix of UK, European and American. They had also discovered this stylish 4 star hotel with one of the best beds I have ever slept in.
With a few additions (gym, turn down service at night) it would easily be a 5 star hotel.
Tamburlaine Hotel, 27-29 Station Road, Cambridge CF1 2FB
Telephone: 0122 3792888
Tamburlaine Hotel, Cambridge, 13th July 2017, 19:00 PM