Fenners Hotel is one of a row of bed and breakfasts on Tenison Road near Cambridge Station. It has 16 rooms, I think, though some appear to be in more long term use by students. It’s very close to the interesting international and local shops on Mill Road, and about 15 minutes’ walk to the town centre or the Grafton Centre mall.
The room is pretty small, with a bed that could barely be called a double (very warm, very soft). The shower is also small but provided decent power despite being heavily limescaled. There is also a desk and chair, a small wardrobe and a TV with Freeview box. No tea making facilities, though. The extractor fan in the bathroom was very noisy – in fact as was the hotel. I could just make out the conversation of the room next door over that in the room above. There isn’t any air conditioning, and I was reluctant to open the ground floor window as it was large and easily accessible from the shared courtyard. Also, the doors creak which is inexcusable when WD-40 costs a couple of quid for a can. Very good wifi though.
Staff were fine and businesslike and dealt with me quickly. Breakfast was OK, despite my alarm at seeing only a few tubes of cereal and a dispense of orange juice. Continental breakfast consisting of 2 slices of toast, a yoghurt and a bowl of fruit (in addition to the cereal and juice, and a few dubious slices of ham and packed cheese) is included in the price; cooked breakfast is extra, ranging from £6-10.
On the advert, it said Fenners Hotel, Cambridge University Cricket Ground – it’s actually only named after the cricket ground, which is in fact about 5 minutes away. Not a problem unless you were expecting to see cricket from your room. Double room with continental breakfast was £85, but I did have to book at last minute.
Address: 144 – 146 Tenison Road, (formerly “The Mayfair”), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 2DP, United Kingdom