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What We Love

  • Sleek monochromatic style in a Grade II-listed building dating back to the 1900sViewing the cathedral and Oliver Cromwell's House from the premises
  • Exploring historic Ely from the heart of this charming Cambridgeshire town
  • Treating yourself to a delicious dinner served in the stylish surroundings of The Dining Room

What To Know

  • Make time for a soak in your freestanding copper bath
  • The Dining Room offers a vegan and vegetarian menu along with their regular dinner menu
  • Free WiFi is available
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A luxury Grade II-listed hotel dating back to the early 1900s in the heart of historic Ely, with beautiful monochromatic interiors

The Lowdown

Situated in the historic centre of Ely, Poets House is perfectly placed for soaking up picturesque views of the cathedral and Oliver Cromwell’s House. Exquisite authentic charm coupled with luxurious and innovative monochromatic design define this haven of comfort and tranquillity.
Throughout each of the guest rooms – which feature freestanding copper baths to soak in, sumptuous beds to sleep in, and views of the garden or the cathedral to meditate over – the building’s period features have been carefully preserved. Luxurious duvets line the beds and you’ve tea and coffee facilities to make the most of, should you decide to put the ‘Do not disturb’ sign out on your door.
The Dining Room is central to any experience at Poets House. Choose from a range of delicious dishes, such as seared chicken with broccoli, potato cake and radishes or rolled beef with gem lettuce, aubergines and parsley sauce, and save room for dessert! You’ll also wake up to a rather special full English each morning. Why not complete the set with a traditional afternoon tea served in The Study?

How to Get There

Poets House
St Marys Street
Ely, CB7 4EY United Kingdom


4.5 Very Good 674 Reviews
Great Manhattan cocktail!
Reviewed 5 hours ago

Friday night Beat-The-Cocktail ~ Best Manhattan cocktail I have had for a very long time, served well in a stylish yet relaxed bar with live singing ~ It was the perfect way to finish the week. Will repeat the experience. Highly recommended.

Simple calm lunch
Reviewed 5 days ago

.Three of us enjoyed a simple lunch: the food was excellent. Apart from snatches from the coffee machine, we could talk quietly and undisturbed by others. We sometimes had to summon service in order to order more drink, food, including desserts, and coffee. But if one only wanted a drink, one would have been undisturbed.

Special occasion place
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely somewhere to come if you want to impress someone.

There is a delightful bar area where you can relax and enjoy pre dinner dinning area is split into 3 areas but all are spacious and provide some intimacy.

We went for the 3 course menu option and had the smoked duck to start followed by the lamb which I asked to be well done. The dishes were well presented but there was nothing exciting in the taste. Starter portions were small. Main course was. A better size but it did leave room for the dessert. The dessert once again was quite small and unremarkable.

Good service and pretty good value for money.

One night stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice room with great bath and comfortable bed. Decor is over done with logos on everything, and overpriced.

Quite disappointed as we took four rooms here and asked for some bar food at 8.50 pm, and were told that the kitchen stopped serving at 9.
However the room service menu indicated 24 hour room service for sandwiches etc... Puzzling.

So we had to go out in the rain and buy pizzas in the town, only to be ORDERED not to eat them in the otherwise unoccupied lounge we had been sitting in by someone totally clueless about guest care. So 9 of us had to go off to one of the bedrooms to eat pizza and chips. We did actually laugh about it and had a small staff impersonation competition...

Great location with excellent rooms and a decent restaurant...bar needs attention.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for 1 night in the Master Room, facing the main road. Double glazing good, it needs to be as you are right on the road, but you still hear some noise. Because the room was ground floor you really needed to keep the curtains closed otherwise pedestrians would be looking in as they walk by. Having said that - a huge room , very well furnished, decorated and exceptionally comfortable. The bathroom was nearly as big with a fantastic free standing steel-like bath, good quality robes and towels. Drinks before dinner in the bar were disappointing, initial service was slow and a little disinterested, very limited range of cocktails, couldn't make one not on the list and no crisps, nuts, olives etc available to go with drinks - strange. Dinner was good though, again from a smallish menu, with well presented , well cooked food and attentive service. Breakfast in the morning was okay - fairly limited buffet and some of the hot food presentation was basic. Reception staff very helpful, car parking a 5 minute walk was no problem and the location is excellent for the Cathedral. Not cheap but overall a good place to stay.