How do you beat a room with two roll top baths? (Click here for my two-bath blog post) Well, if you’re the Hotel du Vin Cambridge you top it by creating a suite with a pink roll top bath, its own private terrace and…er…a private cinema. Yes, you did hear that right. A private cinema.
If you read this blog regularly you’ll know that i’m a big fan of Hotel Du Vin. The staff are always lovely and the rooms tick most boxes on my boutique hotel wish list (monsoon showers, top quality bedlinen, thick snuggly bath towels, huge comfy beds etc) But on my most recent visit I stayed in the Browns Brothers Suite which was so special I deemed it worthy of its very own blog post.
Because not only did this suite have a garden, bedroom, bathroom and shower room but it came complete with its very own private cinema tucked away in a vaulted room with a beautiful arched brick ceiling. Accessed by a small flight of stone steps behind the bed this room was complete with two velvet armchairs, a huge tv screen, surround sound and floor level lighting.
Suffice it to say, immediately on arrival, after a quick obligatory lap of the rest of the suite to check out the technology (Three televisions. Check. B&O ipod speakers. Check. PS3 console. Check.) my partner retreated to this cinema room and settled in. Talk about luxury – this room has it covered. Reclining in the velvet armchair, feet up on a large footstool gazing at the enormous TV screen I don’t think I have ever seen anyone look more content.
Which gave me plenty of time to explore the rest of the suite, take photos of the bath and check out the toiletries (same as before, still lovely if quite masculine). The pink roll top bath, above, was enamelled with the same damask print as the wallpaper behind the bed which was a nice design touch. The smooth dark floor tiles in the bathroom were heated too – ahh, it’s all about the details.
From the antique style taps, extra-large soaps (not those tiny sample size ones you usually get) and chunky wooden book stand over the bath, those little details added up to one luxurious room.
Despite being a basement suite the space still felt light and airy due to the sunshine flooding in from the dual aspect windows and the patio door which led out onto a private terrace garden. Separated from the rest of the hotel courtyard by a screen of bamboo this garden felt secluded and private whilst still allowing us to soak up the buzz and atmosphere of the hotel just over the wall.
The door leading out onto our private terraced garden (above). It’s funny how quickly you get used to having one. I’m not sure I can go back to staying in standard hotel rooms now. I shall be demanding to see the garden and private cinema before checking in. Premier Inns just wont be the same again; sorry Lenny.
Our terrace. Perfect for a glass of wine before dinner. Or a glass of wine after dinner. Or a cup of coffee first thing. Or anytime really. There’s something about having a private terrace that others can see that makes you want to spend all your time out there. Looking smug.
Other notes – The staff looked after us brilliantly and made our whole stay feel like a lovely luxurious treat from complimentary G+T’s to valet parking. The hotel was fully booked but seemed peaceful and tranquil despite this.
Hotel Du Vin Cambridge