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The Clayton Hotel

Last updated: 03 December, 2023

A big, bustling hotel, the Clayton is a good bet for anyone looking for a place to stay with serious buzz, rather than the muted elegance that characterises many of Cambridge’s other hotels, boutique hotels and B&Bs.

The good-sized rooms come with a dollop of style; hand-made desks and wood-panelled headboards, and luxury marble bathrooms.

The glammy, circular cocktail bar is a great place to start the night – if it feels too lively, the book-lined lounge has more of a genteel feel.  Dinner in the restaurant is ideal for families or friends, rather than an intimate meal a deux.

Located right next to Cambridge train station, the hotel is ideal for a car-free break. The Botanic Gardens are a couple of minutes’ walk, while most of the main sites and colleges are within ten minutes on foot. The hotel’s location just outside the main sightseeing area also makes it a good bet if you want to escape the crowds.

Surrounding area

Situated on an unprepossessing road opposite the station, this is not the place to stay if you want Cambridge’s dreamy architecture; the hotel is surrounded by modern office buildings and set on a relatively busy road. But it is a good location if you want to be able to escape the crowds – it’s quiet in the evening, and the Botanic Gardens are just a couple of minutes’ walk away.

There are a couple of restaurants nearby, but Cambridge’s main dining scene is a 10-15 minute walk.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed