Types of Accommodation

Bed & Breakfast and Guest-houses

The term ‘guest-house’ is often used to describe a bed and breakfast, both of which are usually private homes with rooms and a cooked breakfast service. There are over 25,000 B&B’s around the UK and they are usually small and privately run. The biggest concentrations are found in cities and seaside resort towns.

Rooms are mostly cheaper than those in larger chains and the service more personal as many of these establishments are family run.

Possible drawbacks are a lack of privacy and some facilities such internet, gym or pool. Bathrooms are sometimes communal and evening meals may have to be arranged separately.

B&B and guest-house accommodation has evolved significantly in the last 25 years with interiors no longer typified by thick carpets and quilted bed covers. Some establishments are very luxurious country residences and others offer modern facilities and services.

The owner’s local knowledge often makes the bed and breakfast experience more enriching than a stay in large hotel.

There are numerous B&B’s in Cambridge and the surrounding area, and in addition to that, a number of the university colleges also offer B&B style accommodation in their facilities outside of term time. You can get more information on availability and make of booking on our current accommodation offers page.

Boutique Hotels

Maybe we’re familiar with the definition of the word boutique in the traditional context of a small shop selling fashionable clothes or accessories.

A boutique hotel, however, is generally defined as a small hotel which is intimate and with a unique personality or feel. It separates itself deliberately from the style and familiarity of the traditional chains by having the character, creativity and ambiance that goes with the free reign of independent ownership.

While boutique hotels are typically small they are not tiny. Boutique hotels can have up to 100 rooms but still retain their small feel and uniqueness.

Guests are not the conference-attending business-suited corporate types but the more care-free independent and individualistic types… just like the hotels themselves. Interior design and décor is usually unconventional and a little off-the-wall. Many are modern and sleek with the latest technology while others more classic and historical.

Being smaller in size you’ll often find boutique hotels right in the city centre positioned and styled to blend in with their locations. You may also find excellent examples of boutique hotels as country villas or inns projecting an impacting sense of place or local heritage.

Budget Hotels

As the name suggests, a budget hotel is widely accepted as being a minimalistic establishment catering for the traveller who simply wishes to avail of just the essentials. Many of these hotels provide clean, safe, relaxing and affordable rooms to facilitate the basic needs of their visitors.

A reason to stay at a cheap hotel may arise from business commitments or a wish to spend all day outside visiting attractions and places of interest. In that respect your room becomes a bag-drop and a place to sleep, wash and rest. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to rough it and there are many stylish and well-managed budget hotels. Some offer rooms for as little as £25 per night but anything else like breakfast or even a TV might be extra.

At least travellers know where they stand and for those who really only want the bare minimum low price budget hotels can be the perfect answer.

Brand Name Chain Hotels

The best known hotels in the UK are usually part of a regular chain sometimes with several hundred rooms. Nearly all rooms are en-suite with many services and facilities beyond those found in B&B’s included as standard. Additionally you’ll often find conference facilities, gym and spa, gardens and large communal areas such as reception, dining and entertainment rooms.

Extras may include room service, Wi-Fi and certain pay per view TV channels. Breakfast is usually included in the standard package but lunch or evening meals may be separate.

Many of the big hotel chains are found in all the major cities and airports around the UK.

Luxury Hotels

Luxury hotels are large four or five-star establishments with little expense spared for the discerning leisure or business traveller. The personalized and professional service is apparent as soon as you arrive at the hotel and occasionally before with limousine airport pick-ups available. In-room furnishings are of the highest quality and style and each guest is treated in a warm, friendly and welcoming manner by all levels of staff and throughout their stay.

Every effort is made to reduce guest waiting time whether checking in and out or when ordering in restaurants or from room service.

In order to maintain its five star status with many of the leading accreditation agencies a luxury hotel will have to include a minimum of amenities such as round the clock room service, a health and fitness centre and laundry services. Because of the high room prices guests in these luxury establishments often enjoy several services that would normally be charged as extras in other types of hotel.

For those with the budget a stay in a super luxury hotel can be an unforgettable experience.

Serviced Apartments

Offering something that feels a bit more like home than staying in a hotel, ideal for those travelling on business, staying for a longer duration, or simply looking for a different style of stay.

Serviced apartments are just that – it’s like renting out a flat for the duration of your stay, with the added bonus of maid service, internet access, TV, etc all included in the price.

The apartments provided by companies offering these services are usually modern, furnished to a very high standard and centrally located.

There are at least two competing companies offering this type of accommodation in Cambridge.