The Tamburlaine is a beautiful hotel in the centre of Cambridge, just a minute’s walk away from the train station, and about a 10-15-minute walk away from the main part of town (though don’t worry -there are plenty of pubs and restaurants closer by, too!).
The name ‘Tamburlaine’ comes from the most famous character of a 16th century playwright, Christopher (‘Kit’) Marlowe, who attended and graduated from Corpus Christi College in Cambridge in 1584. And, the literary is not only present in the name of the hotel, but also in its massive bookshelves both in the reception area and in the lounge on the second floor, with many a cosy reading nook and even a very convincingly real looking faux fireplace!
We stayed in the Tamburlaine for two nights from Friday to Sunday, and paid about £131.00 per night per room, which I think is not too bad at all for a hotel of this calibre. I think it being January might have had something to do with the price, which definitely goes to show I need to remember to arrange more of my travelling for the “off season” (if you can call it that – Cambridge was still absolutely buzzing and so busy during our visit)!
Our rate was with breakfast, so it would have been even cheaper without. This is the only thing I’m a bit gutted about – the breakfast wasn’t anything to write home about (just your typical hotel buffet), and I wish I had spent that money brunching in one the local spots in the town instead. Next time!
The Tamburlaine has a total of 155 rooms, which are divided into Deluxe Doubles/Twins, Executive Kings and Executive Suites. We booked a Deluxe Double, but were lucky enough to be upgraded into an Executive King room as it was our anniversary – it’s always worth mentioning if there’s a special occasion!
All the rooms come with floor to ceiling windows, amazingly soft mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets, and some Executive rooms also come with your very own balcony! We were upgraded to one of the rooms with our own balcony, and I absolutely *loved* it – it was the perfect place to watch the sun come up in the morning.
My favourite thing about the whole hotel, however, was our gorgeous bathroom. It was built of marble, was beautifully big and light (there was access to the balcony from here too!) and, most importantly, had speakers on the ceiling which meant you could listen to music whilst you were having a shower or brushing your teeth. This was an absolute game changer for me, and trying to listen to music from my phone whilst I’m having a shower at home has just never been the same since…
The bathroom was also equipped with Paul Costello toiletries and lovely big hotel towels to wrap yourself in. The shower itself was *so nice* too and I could have spent ages there, which is really saying a lot, as I don’t normally even like showers!