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The Clayton Hotel
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom (UK)|www.claytonhotelcambridge.com|
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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.
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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