A trip to the charming university city of Cambridge is a real treat and I always find myself returning time and time again to this city.
With its cobbled streets, stunning architecture and many beautiful bridges, I love that Cambridge offers an unforgettable aesthetic. For those looking to stay for a few nights, there are a number of luxury hotels in Cambridge to choose from.
Whether you’re visiting Cambridge on a romantic getaway, with your best friends, or on a solo adventure, I know there’s a Cambridge hotel for you.
I’ve been lucky to stay in a number of the best hotels in Cambridge over the years, and I have compiled my favourites into this list.
Think impressive architecture, grand interiors, cosy reading nooks and Pinterest-worthy bathrooms. From boutique boltholes to lavish spas, here is my pick of the best luxury hotels in Cambridge.
Author Bio: Jessie Moore
Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.
1. University Arms Hotel
Address: Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1AD
Best for: Luxurious bathrooms
My personal favourite hotel in Cambridge, the University Arms Hotel offers a truly special stay.
As you walk through the doors you’re greeted with a grand lobby complete with panelled walls, marble floors and high ceilings. It’s a luxurious entrance and a tantalising hint at what’s to come.
The welcoming lounge area features mahogany furniture, cosy seating areas and a roaring fire. I love the little reading nooks by the windows which make for a perfect spot to wile away an afternoon with a good book.
Guest rooms are refined and spacious, with plush furnishings, carefully curated artwork and beautiful bathrooms. Think opulent free-standing bath tubs (and we all know I love a good bath tub!) and gorgeous views of Parker’s Piece.
But it’s the details which really distinguish the rooms, with a well stocked mini bar, tea set and a selection of books relating to a particular British author in each suite.
Located in the heart of the city, the University Arms hotel makes a wonderful base. I consider it to be the perfect blend of British tradition with modern luxury.
Plus, I love that you can borrow one of the hotel’s bikes – painted in the iconic Cambridge Blue – to explore the city.
Don’t forget to book in for dinner at Parker’s Tavern. It’s a British brasserie serving quintessentially English dishes.
I’d also recommend sampling their afternoon tea, or spending an hour or so in the stylish cocktail bar.
2. Gonville Hotel
Address: Gonville Pl, Cambridge CB1 1LY
Best for: Luxury spa treatments
The Gonville Hotel is a four-star boutique hotel also located on Parker’s Piece. Should you wish to be treated like a VIP, a stay at this particular luxury hotel in Cambridge can start with being picked up in a Bentley car.
The hotel is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Rooms are equipped with all the amenities and modcons you could need.
Plus, I love that there’s even a pillow menu to ensure the best possible night’s sleep.
For those looking to relax and unwind, there is a luxury spa on-site at Gresham House Wellness. From massages and facials to nails and tanning, the spa offers all the treatments you could possibly need.
I’d recommend that you make to enjoy the fine dining Terrace Restaurant. It serves exquisitely crafted seasonal dishes, as well as a classic English afternoon tea.
Like the University Arms, Gonville hotel offers guests the use of bikes to explore the city. I’m pleased to say that your furry companions are also welcome, as this is a dog-friendly hotel in Cambridge.
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3. The Fellows House
Address: 33A Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1UZ
Best for: Business travellers
The Fellows House is an apartment-style hotel that offers studio and one-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens. So I’d highly recommend this Cambridge hotel for a self-catering option.
Rooms are spacious and well-appointed, which I think is ideal for both leisure and business travellers.
An indoor pool provides the perfect relaxation after a day of exploring Cambridge. While the state-of-the-art fitness centre is ideal for those looking to squeeze in their workout (although you’ll find me by the pool, not in the gym!).
Guests can also discover a haven of tranquillity in The Fellow Garden – a secluded open-air space that’s perfect for enjoying a coffee in.
The elegant interiors of the hotel create a refined and contemporary atmosphere. While the Folio Bar and Folio Restaurant offer stylish areas in which to enjoy a hearty meal or sip a refreshing cocktail.
4. Clayton Hotel
Address: 27-29 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB
Best for: Proximity to the station
Clayton Hotel in Cambridge – formerly ‘The Tamburlaine’ – is located just a two minute walk from the train station.
This makes it wonderfully convenient for those travelling by train, although it is a little further out of the city centre.
This four-star hotel in Cambridge offers stylish, spacious rooms and bright, modern interiors. With its very own library, I love that the Clayton Hotel beautifully captures the educational prestige of the city.
Guests can indulge in a hearty breakfast, as well as gourmet lunches and dinners in the welcoming bar and restaurant.
A delectable afternoon tea is also available from just £25 per person for finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and, of course, tea.
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5. Turing Locke
Address: 47 Eddington Ave, Cambridge CB3 1SE
Best for: Solo travellers
For a sleek aparthotel with an avant-garde aesthetic and a sustainable heart, I’d really recommend Turing Locke.
I love these stylish studios and apartments, which provide a stunning place to stay in Cambridge. I’ve stayed in a number of the different Locke locations, as I think they are brilliant for solo travellers.
Although with a range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available, it’s the perfect choice for families, business travellers and solo adventurers alike.
I think the rooftop terrace is a particular highlight, while the light and leafy social spaces are ideal for dining, drinking and working.
Turing Locke is located north-west of the city centre in the district of Eddington. Although just a 10 minute cycle from the historic centre, it’s still wonderfully accessible.
6. Graduate Hotel
Address: Granta Pl, Mill Ln, Cambridge CB2 1RT
Best for: Heritage and a boutique hotel experience
The Graduate Hotel in Cambridge offers a unique and cosy boutique hotel experience. My favourite thing about this hotel is that it’s located on the banks of the River Cam, providing stunning views of the historic cityscape.
The Graduate Hotel is situated within a Grade II listed building, full of character and quirks. Inside, the hotel has been stylishly furnished with a nod to its heritage as an academic institution.
Despite its age and heritage, I can assure you that the hotel provides all the modern amenities and comforts you would expect from a boutique hotel.
The rooms are elegantly appointed, while the hotel’s restaurant and bar serve delicious food and drinks throughout the day.
The Graduate Hotel is an ideal base for exploring all the best things to do in Cambridge, from exploring its world-renowned university and museums to its various outdoor activities.
7. The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Address: Thompsons Ln, Cambridge CB5 8AQ
Best for: Rooftop terrace views
The Varsity Hotel & Spa is one of the best hotels in Cambridge for experiencing the best of what the city has to offer.
I love the iconic rooftop terrace that offers breathtaking views of the cityscape, and is a magnet for both locals and visitors.
Inside, the decor is chic and understated, with comfortable rooms and all the amenities you could need.
The hotel is also within walking distance of all the major sights and attractions, making it an ideal base for exploring the city.
The Six restaurant offers a wide range of modern European cuisine, while The River Bar steakhouse and grill offers a more traditional menu with a selection of locally sourced meats and produce.
The full-size gym is perfect for those who want to stay fit and active during their stay. While the Elemis Spa offers a sanctuary in which to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing. I know where you’ll find me!
Whether you’re looking for a short break or a longer stay, I think the Varsity Hotel & Spa is a delightful urban retreat.
8. Duke House
Address: 1 Victoria St, Cambridge CB1 1JP
Best for: Luxury B&B
Duke House is a luxury B&B located in the heart of Cambridge. The historic building dates back to the 18th century, and has been expertly converted into five unique guest rooms and a self-catering apartment.
Each room features original period features and light-filled spaces. The furnishings are sumptuous and the rooms beautifully appointed. The result is a welcome oasis in the heart of the city.
I know you’ll find incredibly warm and welcoming hospitality here, plus you can tuck into a delicious breakfast each morning in the dining room.
Duke House is a gorgeous little bolthole in Cambridge, ideal for a romantic getaway or simply as a base for exploring the city.
9. Hotel du Vin
Address: 15-19 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1QA
Best for: Wine lovers
I don’t know about you, but a hotel with ‘wine’ in its name sounds like the hotel for me! The Hotel du Vin is an elegant Cambridge hotel located on quaint Trumpington Street.
Its 41 unique rooms and suites are beautifully decorated and feature comfy beds, fluffy towels, and either a roll-top bath or monsoon shower.
The interiors of the hotel comprise gorgeous exposed brick, homely restored fireplaces and cosy nooks.
For wine aficionados, a highlight of the hotel is the extensive wine cellars, which provide the perfect backdrop for wine tasting.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s restaurant offers delicious bistro dining in a charming setting. Choose from a selection of classic dishes for dinner, or treat yourself to afternoon tea in the welcoming lounge area.
If you have any favourites or recommendations for Cambridge hotels then do leave me a comment below!
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