View from the Room - Ibis, Cambridge

View from the Room - Ibis, Cambridge

 

Location

Next door to the train station and so convenient when you get off the train with luggage. From here it is a 20 minute flat walk to the centre, 10 minutes before you reach a plethora of restaurants offering all food from all nationalities. The area around the station is brand new, clean, tidy and safe with a few coffee shops and mini supermarket. Microsoft’s office is here and there is wonderful Italian bakery if you turn left out of the station. 

Style/character

Very modern and newly built. To check in, look for the t-shirted staff hanging around the lifts. There are no self-service machines or a reception desk. It works.

It’s warm and relaxing, as the blurb says.

Service

Very welcoming and friendly.

Increasingly these type of modern budget hotels have no phone but Ibis has a web chat function. We used this and staff were up in minutes to help with the air-con controls.

Room

  • Comfortable. Chances are you’ll be looking over the railway tracks.
  • Charging – charging cube with two USB points and three plug sockets on the desk. One by the bed and 1 by the full length mirror
  • Storage – limited
  • Hangers – six quality wooden hangers
  • Dra wers – none. Two shelves in the open corner wardrobe
  • Mirrors – in the right places, full length by door and a well-lit one in bathroom. Possibly too well-lit so don’t look too close.
  • Iron – none but this hotel has an ironing room on second floor (untested)
  • Wi-fi free and just need an email address

Relax and sleep

  • Comfortable regular double bed
  • Pillows – two spares
  • 32” freeview TV
  • A desk and chair plus a bench for storage/sitting
  • Lighting – plenty including two individually controlled bedside hanging lamps that can be raised or lowered. The rest of the room lights operated conveniently through a single switch.
  • Temperature control - the only niggle is with the air conditioning/heating as mentioned in some of the reviews I’d read. No matter how much I turned up the temperature, the room did not warm up. In the end I turned it off and got under the warm duvet. It does come on/off when you leave it on so the noise may wake light sleepers.

Refreshments

  • Two mugs, no glasses (other than plastic ones in bathroom)
  • Kettle and two mugs with the usual instant coffee, milk pots and teas.

Bathroom

  • Quite roomy bath room with space around sink for toiletries
  • Toiletries – two shower gels/hand soaps attached to wall
  • Towels – 3 small bath towels (no hand towel)
  • Airy shower with detachable head (no bath tub)
  • Sanitary bags
  • Spare toilet roll
  • Toothbrush charge point
  • Economical toilet flush

Food & drink

  • A comfortable coffee shop of the kind you would not expect in a hotel, especially a budget Ibis.
  • The option of an all you can eat breakfast served 6.30 till 10 during the week, 12 at the weekend. Other options outside of these times. (untested)

Value

We paid £99 for this station convenience and the office being a few steps away.

Access

Several lifts that you need your key card to operate going up.

Couple/Family friendly

The two of us were fine in room 382 and it would work for 1-2 nights.

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Restaurant 1565 in Park Regis, Birmingham

Dinner at 1565 - Park Regis, Birmingham

Dinner at 1565 - Park Regis, Birmingham