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Monday, November 14, 2016

Hotel Felix, Cambridge

Located just 1 mile out of Cambridge, Hotel Felix is perfectly placed to enjoy the university city's many attractions – including the various colleges, parks & gardens and museums & galleries – providing you with the ideal base for a comfortable and relaxing getaway.



The original building was constructed in the 1850s and was used as a family home by a surgeon at Addenbrookes hospital until it was purchased by the Cambridgeshire Country Council who offered a range of classes in the building. After much renovation and refurbishments, the building was converted into a hotel in 2002 and named Hotel Felix after Saint Felix of Burgundy who was Apostle to the East of Angles and also the founder of University of Cambridge.

The Room


The hotel has 52 bedrooms comprising of Classic, King and Premier rooms, spacious Junior Suites and the luxurious Penthouse. The Penthouse Suite and King Rooms are situated in the Victorian mansion while all the other rooms are located in the more contemporary East and West wings.

We stayed in one of the King rooms. The room was a good size and decorated in a contemporary fashion with a clean design. It was equipped with all the amenities one would expect in a hotel room. Let me begin with the most important thing: sleeping. The king-size bed with Hypnos mattress, Egyptian cotton sheets, duck down pillows and duvets ensured we had a very comfortable sleep.

Other in-room amenities included a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities (fresh milk was provided), smart TV with Freeview channels, personal safe and hair dryer, iron and ironing board and a trouser press. Complimentary Wi-Fi was provided.

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge


Moving on, the bathroom was very clean and had underfloor heating. Fluffy towels, bathrobes and White Company toiletries were provided. Nothing to fault here.

Garden and Communal Spaces


The hotel's communal areas were well maintained and one can see a lot of artwork around the hotel. From the sculpture of the dog at the hotel's entrance to the 'Male Torso', a heavy mesh sculpture in the Graffiti restaurant, to 'Beach, Sea, Rain', a beautiful square landscape in the lobby, the hotel walls proudly display art from a number of artists.

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge


The beautiful, leafy gardens of the hotel exhibited vibrant colours of Autumn during our visit. The colour palette was a mix of flame reds, crimsons, salmon pinks, sunshine yellows and shades of green as well. We enjoyed the idyllic setting of the gardens.

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge


Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge


Dining


Consistent with the overall friendly feel of the hotel, the atmosphere in the restaurant - Graffiti - was also one of relaxed and informal nature. We were booked in for dinner at around 7pm and the restaurant was already quite busy by then. Service wasn't the swiftest but as we did not have any other plans for the evening; we were fine with the pace. The menu had some interesting vegetarian options and for starters, I tried Quinoa, Roast Beetroot, Soya Bean and Tofu Spring Roll with Walnut dressing. It was a lovely presentation of flavours. My husband chose Goat's Cheese Mousse with Watercress Micro Sponge and Sesame Tuile. Main courses were fabulous too and we noticed that the emphasis was on flavour. I picked the South American style Quorn Empanada with Straw Potatoes while the husband enjoyed a seasonal Vegetable Paella with Baby Artichoke, Cherry Tomato and Onion Salad - a simple dish but done very well. The desserts were wonderful too.

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge

Hotel Felix Cambridge


Out and About


There is so much to do in Cambridge. From enjoying a pint in one of the city's many fine pubs to taking a punting tour or simply taking a stroll around the city marvelling at the beautiful and quirky buildings; Cambridge is a fascinating city to spend time in. Many of Cambridge's colleges are free to visit and you can wander around the grounds or you could hire a bike and go around the city. For those who enjoy a spot of shopping, Cambridge has the Grand Arcade - a modern shopping mall and also a historic market which is open daily but turns into an arts and craft market on Sundays. The city also has a number of parks and hosts numerous festivals round the year. So, even though the city is quite small, there is loads to see and do in Cambridge.

Cambridge

Cambridge

Cambridge

Cambridge


Final Word


Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Hotel Felix. The check-in and check-out, both were pleasant and convenient. The room was well appointed, the food was good and every member of staff we came across during our stay was warm and friendly. The location of the hotel is its USP, I feel - away from the city centre but within easy reach. Hotel Felix would make an equally excellent base for a romantic break as for an active, sightseeing holiday.

Hotel Felix Cambridge


Make a booking


One night’s stay at Hotel Felix starts from £220 (B&B basis).

Hotel Felix has a special Autumn Escape package that includes bed and full English breakfast, mulled cider  and choice of 3 courses from their Table d’hôte dinner menu. This offer is available on Friday and Saturday nights throughout November and December and is subject to promotional availability. The rates are £169 for a standard King Room, £195 for a Premier Room and £220 for a Junior Suite. Prices are for 2 people sharing a room.

Hotel Felix is a dog-friendly hotel. So, if you are planning to travel with your four-legged friends, this hotel is a good choice.

For more information or seasonal discounts / packages please contact Hotel Felix using the details below.

Hotel Felix | Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LX
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 277977 | Email: help@hotelfelix.co.uk

Hotel Felix Cambridge


Our reservation at Hotel Felix was complimentary as part of a press stay. All opinions, as always, are our own.

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17 comments :

  1. does look beautiful & lovely part of the country. i did expect it to be a bit more traditional inside though

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  2. What a wonderful building but nicely modernised inside. The food looks amazing.

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  3. This place looks lovely and so luxurious! And the food looks delicious - making me hungry!

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  4. What a beautiful scattering of leaves out by the entrance of the hotel

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  5. The building and grounds are delightful. Love all the photos taken especially the food :-)

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  6. It all looks heavenly. The perfect place for a post Christmas getaway to recharge those batteries?

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  7. Looks so wonderful. Cambridge is such a great place to visit.

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  8. Such a nice place would love to visit.

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  9. Looks a stunning building- Cambridge is lovely I know it well

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  10. Looks lovely, I will have to check it out myself soon

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  11. I'm looking for somewhere to take my other half for a birthday weekend away. This looks fantastic!

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  12. What a stunning looking hotel, perfect for a few nights away

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  13. Those gardens are simply to die for! Jealous of that bathroom suite too!

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  14. I love the little touches like the White Company toileteries

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  15. Looks like a very chilling and relaxing place to stay

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  16. What a lovely hotel surrounded by beautiful gardens

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  17. This looks lovely, when we finally get a night (or weekend) away from the children I would love to go with my husband

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