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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 769 Reviews
Mandy's birthday meal
Reviewed 1 week ago

Overnight stay meal and drinks at the poetshouse Ely arrive mid afternoon booked into rooms a selection of well appointed rooms tastefully decorated comfortable free standing bath in room shower in a modern bathroom really impressive clean tidy rooms various snacks in room crisps biscuits drinks tea coffee choclate bottled water well thought out right time to meet up with friends goes to a modern bar well stocked with wines beers ciders and spirts a happy bar manager who was great at cocktails we sat outside in the large garden waiting for all of our party to arrive the drinks when ready were brought out and while we was drinking one of the staff checked up to make sure we had plenty of drinks table service was prompt there is a valet service available because of limited parking on site once all of our party had arrived we tried champagnes wines cocktails and bottled beers and some bar snacks ( softshell crab is gorgeous) then retired to get ready for the evening meal wicked shower loads of fresh towels I counted 8 in my double room robes we returned to the bar before moving to the private dining room which has be booked the waiting staff brought in loads of warm fresh bread various types the waiting staff were bubbly and joined in with the celebrations making a good atmosphere the food piping hot all courses were cooked to a high standard various starters in our party of 11 I didn't hear any complaints main course beef chicken and fish (cod) was cooked just right we all commented it was just right vegetables cooked just right then onto the sweets once again a great combination quality and quantity overall a very satisfying meal no complaints and everyone commented how good the timing in between courses was jus right the service was just right happy but not imposing then we retired to the bar for late night drinks they even accommodated our requests for liqueurs and hot chocolates with brandy nightcap s well done to all the staff you was brilliant the poets house is venue I would happily recommend really special

I’ll have to invent excuses to visit Ely
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous boutique hotel. Every comfort. The bathrooms are extraordinary. Lovely garden. Quiet yet central. My only quibble would be too many emails and urgings on arrival to book dinner and breakfast with them. Guys, no thanks means no thanks. That being said the bar and dining room look fabulous. Will have to find excuses to stay again just so I can soak in one of those incredible tubs.

Overnight stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for one night whilst visiting Ely Cathedral. Lovely hotel and very welcoming staff, our room was upgraded without request and we stayed in suite 16 overlooking the Cathedral.Spotlessly clean and a good size without traffic disturbance. Very comfortable bed and good quality bedding. We had a meal in the hotel restaurant which was a bit disappointing. Very limited choice on the menu and the food was mediocre. Breakfast was not particularly good although the choice was better. Would have been 5stars apart from the restaurant. Lovely bar area with opening doors and pretty garden with seating and umbrellas. Overall I would recommend staying here if visiting Ely but would probably eat somewhere in the town.

Superb stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment we arrived for our stay to when we left the service at The Poets House was outstanding. We arrived early but nothing was too much trouble, luggage looked after, car valet parked, early check in. Lunch in the bar was great (ham sandwiches had hand carved ham). The evening dinner in the restaurant was excellent, from the drinks offered in the lounge first, through to the superb starter, then the venison main course, which was the best venison I have ever had. The cheesecake was so light for dessert too. The wine was great too and not expensive. We will definitely return.

Short 2 Night Stay
Reviewed 1 month ago

My wife and I stayed at this hotel whilst attending a wedding in Ely Cathedral. The hotel is generally well appointed with a nice garden at the rear of the courtyard. Unfortunately there is no on-site parking, however, there is a private car park for the hotel approx 5 minutes walk away. The rooms are well appointed, however, the bathroom sink was totally impractical holding only one inch of water which proved useless when trying to wet shave. Room bedside lights are rather dim and difficult to read by.
Breakfast was OK, but not much of a choice of fresh fruit or cereal.