The Inspector calls at the Graduate Cambridge hotel, but it gets a low grade despite a 'terrific' location


This is such a good idea you wonder why no one else thought of it years ago. Start a hotel group called The Graduate which concentrates its efforts on American university towns such as Berkeley, California, and Ann Arbor, Michigan (plus 28 others) then cross the pond to set up in Oxford and Cambridge.

We check in to the latter and are surprised to be paying close to £300 for B&B, when the place is still ironing out (it only opened in September) some creases — and when the restaurant is closed for what the receptionist on the telephone had called a private party.

There is nothing remotely private about it. The whole ground floor is consumed by screeching from a live band that comprises an electrified violin and overly-loud saxophone.

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