Claire Stapleton
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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This hotel -- which cost £50 million to build -- opened in spring 2017
  • You'll be within 25 minutes' walk of Cambridge University Botanic Garden, King's College Chapel and the Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Tamburlaine is named after a 16th-century play written by Christopher Marlowe, who studied in Cambridge

Enjoyed This
"The room was amazing and we had a lovely meal in the restaurant"
10 Dec, 2018 - Bedford, UK
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One of Cambridge's newest hotels, Tamburlaine opened in March, 2017. This £50 million property has caused quite the stir, with The Daily Telegraph claiming it "represents a remarkable step forward" for the city's hotel scene and describing it as the "most exciting opening in years".

Tamburlaine is next to Cambridge railway station, and most of the city's attractions, including Cambridge University Botanic Garden, King's College Chapel, the Fitzwilliam Museum and Trinity College, are within a 25-minute walk.

The hotel is named after "Tamburlaine the Great" -- a 16th-century play written by Christopher Marlowe, who studied at the city's Corpus Christi College. The play is set in central Asia and there is an Asian influence in some of the hotel's décor -- The Times notes the "geometric patterns on carpets, neat hexagonal tiles in the lobby, and fine bone china with Middle Eastern designs".

There are 155 bedrooms, a lobby with modern chandeliers and a library with a "cosy atmosphere... induced by sagging bookshelves, panelled walls and snug furniture" (The Daily Telegraph). There's also a brasserie restaurant, a cocktail bar, a deli and a colonial-style garden room where guests can enjoy cream tea -- Stylist describes the room as a "visual dream".

Update (4pm, 31 October): the garden room is now closed to the public.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Public car park (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges apply as follows: £25 per person, per night for children and adults aged 3 and over. This includes breakfast. Limited extra beds are available on request - please confirm availability with the hotel prior to booking.
Children aged 2 and under stay free of charge, when staying in an infant's cot/crib on request. This includes breakfast.
Please use the Special Requests field to request an extra bed/cot.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy levels.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: An NCP Public Car Park is located near the hotel. Please see for further information.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(19 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for SRD (Trading) Ltd t/a The Tamburlaine over the past 15 months.
4.7 Ambiance
4.3 Location
4.8 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The room was amazing and we had a lovely meal in the restaurant
Other Comments
We had a lovely weekend at the hotel and would definitely go back
Elizabeth 10 Dec, 2018 Bedford, UK
Enjoyed Most
This is the third time we have stayed at the Tamberlaine. it is a lovely hotel. Very comfortable.
Other Comments
For some strange reason the beds are harder than we experienced on our first visit and we like a softer bed as suffer with back/hip pain. If the bed was softer we would have enjoyed it that much more.
Veronica 04 Dec, 2018 Hatfield, UK
Enjoyed Most
The location was ideal for the city centre.
Other Comments
The hotel was new so everything was perfect. The bed was so large & comfortable, we did not want to get up in the morning. The food was plentiful & very tasty. All of the staff we met were professional, friendly, courteous & knowledgeable. We could not fault the hotel in any way. A very pleasant stay.
john 03 Dec, 2018 hove sussex, UK
Enjoyed Most
Everything ! The food was lovely especially the cod :)
Tracy 03 Dec, 2018 London, UK
Enjoyed Most
Sumptuous bed. Excellent breakfast.
Veronica 26 Nov, 2018 Northampton, UK
Other Comments
Very comfortable
David 26 Nov, 2018 Leicester, UK
Enjoyed Most
The service was very good, especially Tim the Concierge he was very attentive and very funny. The decor is very tasteful.
Other Comments
The hotel does not have its own car park so the nearest one is the station car park. When I arrived at mid-day on Saturday for two nights I was very lucky to find a parking space it was very busy. Parking charge is reasonable at the weekend it is £5 a day, I found the app cumbersome which I had to used as the 'park and pay' machine was out of order. Travel zoo stated the room could take 3 adults (additional nightly charge) but when phoning the hotel this isn't the case their rooms only take 2 adults and a 'put you up bed' on request for under 10 year olds.
Janet 26 Nov, 2018 Milton Keynes, UK
Enjoyed Most
The lovely comfortable big beds!
Other Comments
A little disappointed with the cooked breakfast and porridge which was only just Luke warm.
julie 19 Nov, 2018 Harlow, UK
Enjoyed Most
Friendly service and beds you don’t want to get out of!
Other Comments
Beautiful interiors
Justin 19 Nov, 2018 Sutton Coldfield, UK
Enjoyed Most
Luxurious large Room with good facilities
Other Comments
Dinner was above average for an Hotel, but expensive. Breakfast was poor below average. However our first visit last year breakfast was especially good, well above average. The best in any Hotel that we have stayed.
Terry 19 Nov, 2018 Halesworth, UK

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