University Arms Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

At a Glance

  • Located in the heart of Cambridge, The University Arms is a five-star luxury hotel
  • The hotel originally opened in 1834 as a Coaching Inn and oozes character and history
  • Following a thorough two-year restoration the hotel re-opened in 2018 bringing fresh touches to the traditional setting
  • The innovative restaurant ensures only to use fresh, local, in-season produce

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Insider's View

Take a walk in the park next door - this is where Queen Victoria’s coronation took place.

It sounds odd, but pay attention in the lobby restrooms. An audio book of the Wind in the Willows plays over the speakers.

The hotel has 17 stained glass windows, each representing one of Cambridge's 32 colleges.

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Description

Ideally located just steps away from Cambridge’s iconic colleagues and historic city center the University Arms is a perfect place to explore one England’s best-known cities, popular with locals and scholars alike.

The picturesque city of Cambridge is synonymous with its famous university -  lending its moniker to this grand hotel. Celebrating British design and heritage, the hotel features a collection of 192 bright and inviting rooms and suites overlooking the local common, Parker’s Piece, and the historic Regent Street.
 
Past the grand marbled lobby you’ll find a library, bar and restaurant, attracting a pleasant mixture of students, visiting family members, locals and visitors alike for a fun and vibrant atmosphere. The hotel’s restaurant, Parker's Tavern, provides a relaxed brasserie setting where breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea are served.
 
The menu here is quintessentially British and local, with breakfasts featuring Cambridgeshire eggs and New Market sausages and dinners serving fresh Norfolk seafood and other delightful variations of British comfort foods.
 
Relaxing in this Edwardian setting makes for a fantastic introduction to English heritage and a great place to uncover the prestige of Cambridge.
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Accommodation

Split into four categories the University Arms features 192 rooms and suites across four floors of the hotel. Each room blends modern and Edwardian style in a refreshing way, offering bespoke furnishings, luxurious linens, smart TVs and curated bath products.

Classic Room

Measuring 22 square meters (237 square foot) Classic Rooms are decorated with contemporary tastes and literature in mind. Signature bathroom amenities from D.R. Harris are provided.

Superior room

Large windows span these Superior rooms to let in plenty of light. The 25 square meter (269 square foot) rooms are complete with cosy armchairs from which to enjoy the classic atmosphere of Cambridge.

Suite

Each suite at The University Arms is individually named and styled. Filling the 27 square meters (290 square feet) the suites feature spacious sitting areas as well as curated bookshelves, dedicated to the named subject of each suite. Each suite also boasts beautiful views out over Parker's Piece common.

Childcare

Babysitting is available on pre-arranged request.

Facilities

Parker's Tavern is the hotel’s brasserie, who pride themselves in serving fresh, local produce. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are all served here, or you can also choose to take breakfast in the relaxed library setting.


The bar at the Parker's Tavern is a popular meeting place for both locals and hotel residents, making it a great place to meet friends and reflect on the day.

Activities

The city and colleges of Cambridge are all within walking distance, where we can provide an expert guide to showcase the city. For something more relaxed, Parker's Tavern provides picnic hampers, so you can enjoy the tasty delights of the hotels’ restaurant whilst relaxing on the banks of the rivers watching punters go by.

Reviews

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Sierra Obermark (Staff)

Located in the heart of Cambridge with views over Parker's Piece and historic Regent Street, the University Arms is an ambitious refurbishment which brings Cambridge's history and pride to the forefront. The undeniable British style blends seamlessly into the feeling of this university town. Booking a named suite here means a curated experience in which you can immerse yourself in a famous subject, including Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking. Parker's Tavern, the main restaurant, is a delight in both visual style and incredible food offerings. Throughout the hotel, the service is impeccable. The staff at the front desk, in the bar and walking through the hallways are eager to greet you warmly and welcome you into the family.

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