To celebrate the launch of our new dog-friendly section at eastlife.co.uk, we checked into Hotel Felix, Cambridge’s most dog-friendly destination for an overnight stay. Here’s what we discovered:
Reviewers: Samantha and Andrew Long
Dogs: Cooper and Skala
Date of stay: Friday 5 August 2016
Entering the car park
On entering the car park we could see that it was busy but we managed to find a car parking space. There was a small dog bin located very close to the main entrance, which came in very handy! This area is also well lit so no torch was required for areas with spotlights.
At the reception area
We received a nice warm welcome from the receptionist who acknowledged, the furry guests (I have a beard and she said hello to me too) and we were checked-in quickly.
The room was spacious and welcoming and plenty of space for a crate or several dog beds. It seemed well insulated and there were blackening curtains and insect blinds on the windows.
There were welcome treats for our dogs too. They were organic and made in Norfolk and seemed to contain good quality ingredients. Along with the treats was a nice welcome letter aimed directly at the dogs (with human references) and this brought a smile to our face. The only small improvement could have been a few additional extras such as poo bags or a guide for local dog-friendly walks but this didn’t spoil our stay as we had come prepared.
The room was located close to a fire exit which was a bonus and the main entrance (for toilet breaks) was a short walk away.
Our room was located on the ground floor, which was quiet and well away from any main noise levels around the bar and restaurant areas as well as the main road.
The room proved to be well-equipped for our needs and the space allowed us to move dogs in and out with ease.
The restaurant area called the Orangery was small and catered for small parties. A bowl of iced water was provided at the table for our dogs, which was a nice touch and there was a smiley enthusiastic greeting from the provider.
Dogs are free to roam in Orangery and the hotel guests seemed happy to see this. There was one other dog present who was well behaved and seemed to be enjoying their stay too!
The lawned area in the main grounds were large and the dogs could walk around off lead. This gave them some time to stretch their legs and have a play before departure.
All in all, as a dog-friendly location, I think Hotel Felix comes up to the mark. The hotel and its staff seem to have a very welcoming, laid back and tolerant attitude when it comes to dogs. We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Felix and were impressed with the facilities and overall attitude to dogs by staff and guests alike.
Hotel Felix features 52 stylish bedrooms, a fine dining restaurant, orangery and terrace and is a great location for those looking to explore the city.
Well-behaved dogs are charged at £15 per night, and prior notice must be given before you arrive.
If you’d like to stay with your four-legged friend visit http://www.hotelfelix.co.uk