Combine a shopping trip to the historic city with a boutique hotel stay
Product: www.hotelfelix.co.uk Price: £100.00 Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
If you fancy a winter city break that combines great shopping, beautiful ancient buildings, museums and art galleries, head for Cambridge.
We stayed at Hotel Felix, a delightful boutique hotel within easy distance (just over a mile) from the town centre. The hotel has ample free parking so you can leave your car and catch a bus or take a taxi into town. Occupying an gracious Victorian villa, the hotel has fewer than 60 rooms, all of which are comfortable, spacious and equipped to a high standard – we were particularly impressed by the TV screen set into the wall at one end of the bath so you can enjoy a luxurious soak and your favourite programme at the same time!
We stayed in November with the intention of making a start on our Christmas shopping and were soon loaded down with purchases from Cambridge’s wide range of shops. In addition to all the well-known high street stores, there are many small independent retailers as well as a bustling daily market offering everything from food and flowers to scarves and jewellery.
We stopped for coffee at one of the university town’s best-known tourist venues, Fitzbillies, but were disappointed by the lacklustre service and décor. Another time, we vowed we’d walk a little further up the road to the restaurant in the Fitzwilliam museum which also has a very good gift shop.
After a stroll along The Backs to enjoy the iconic view of King’s College chapel and admire the hardy folk who were taking a punt along the River Cam, we were ready for a light lunch. In Green Street, we found Catesby’s a stylish homeware shop with a small café upstairs where we were served delicious homemade carrot and ginger soup.
With more presents to buy, we browsed the stalls in All Saints Garden Art and Craft market (open from Wednesday to Saturday through December) where we found a selection of paintings, pottery and other handmade items for gifts that are a little bit different. All shopped out, we were glad to return to our comfortable hotel room, relax in the comfy armchairs and have a nice cup of tea (Hotel Felix earned a bonus point for providing guests with free fresh milk in the fridge).
Later, an excellent dinner was served in the Felix’s Graffiti Restaurant which overlooks a terrace and a pleasant garden boasting fine specimen trees planted by the house’s original owner.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this historic Fenland town and would gladly return to be pampered by the friendly atmosphere and staff of the Hotel Felix at any time of the year.
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