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Cambridge has a wide array of beautiful hotels spanning across the city from the historic University Arms to overlooking the river at the Graduate. Find out more about the hotels and their offers in this article.

University Arms

University Arms is a landmark hotel located in the historic heart of Cambridge, overlooking Parker’s Piece. Since opening in 1834, the University Arms hotel has played an important role in the history of the city. In 1848, in the shadows of the hotel the defining rules of football were invented by locals playing on Parker’s Piece. The hotel has always been innovative and was the first hotel in the city to have electricity, lavatories on each floor, while in 1904 the owner made the risky decision to convert the stable yard into a garage due to the increasing popularity of the motorcar. After a two year, £80m transformation, the hotel reopened in 2018 and the literary and academic spirit of Cambridge is one of its defining characteristics. Home to 189 beautifully and ‘playfully’ designed suites, its own curated library and a deliciously indulgent restaurant, Parker’s Tavern. The restaurant is inspired by the communal dining halls synonymous with Cambridge Colleges and is an English tavern serving locally sourced, seasonal food, with every dish designed to be a whimsical re-imagining of a British classic, sourced from field, fen and England’s seas.  


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Hilton Cambridge City Centre

Cambridge Gin Afternoon Tea

After a morning spent touring the University of Cambridge, take a short stroll to Hilton Cambridge City Centre and relax with a decadent Cambridge Gin Afternoon Tea in the stylish Lounge Bar, which is comfortably accessible for all guests. Enjoy delicate sandwiches, freshly baked scones with cream and jam, and an indulgent selection of sweet treats, all served alongside the idyllic summer day refreshment, Cambridge Dry Gin and your choice of tonic, as well as a selection of exquisite Hope & Glory teas. And don’t miss your chance to get a selfie with the famous Cows about Cambridge sculpture,

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Treat Yourself

Hilton Cambridge City Centre is perfectly located for touring University of Cambridge, taking a punt down the River Cam and exploring the shops, boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants. Guests can even walk directly through from the hotel to the Grand Arcades. A fully accessible, pet friendly hotel that features Confirmed Connecting Rooms by Hilton and multiple family room configurations, as well as upgraded rooms and suites, you’re assured a comfortable stay whether you’re looking to explore by foot with your dog, take a break with the whole family, enjoy a weekend away for two or even have a solo adventure.

As the largest central hotel in Cambridge, you’ll find great amenities like the executive lounge, available to those staying in an executive room or suite; a spacious gym with cardio and weight training equipment; a decadent breakfast buffet that will energise you before your day of activities; and the convenience of on-site parking.   Book online at

Clayton Hotel

From the spacious and luxurious bedrooms to the unique and cosy Library area, Clayton Hotel Cambridge is the go to destination for a traditional and quintessential city break. Perfectly located, the hotel is only a 1-minute walk from Cambridge Train Station or 5-minute walk to Cambridge’s historic Botanical Garden.

The Clayton Hotel Cambridge is a perfect base to explore all the city has to offer as well as having a beautiful historic feel that fuses with Cambridge’s modern and vibrant energy.

They are offering an exclusive promotion for Love Summer readers. Enjoy 15% off Bed and Breakfast rates as well as 15% off in the Tamburlaine Bar and Restaurant when you book directly on their website with the code LOVESUM.

The Graduate

A 148-room hotel based on the banks of the River Cam and just steps away from the beautiful colleges of University of Cambridge and the historic city centre. Recently opened in September 2021 following an extensive refurbishment of the interiors, all rooms, leisure centre and dining outlets. Graduate Hotels® are a collection of handcrafted hotels in university communities, known internationally but recently launched in the UK.

Hotel Du Vin

A boutique hotel opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum, Hotel Du Vin might be small in size but has bags of charm.  Sitting snugly among the Grade II listed buildings, the hotel was lovingly converted from old University buildings.  The hotel features 41 distinctive rooms & suites, each with a comfy custom-made bed, soft Egyptian cotton linen large fluffy towels and a monsoon shower or roll top bath.  Offering a bistro and bar Hotel Du Vin is the perfect spot for everything from morning coffee to end of the evening night cap.

The Varsity Hotel

This hotel quite frankly offers it all.  From luxurious accommodation to rooftop bars The Varsity Hotel is in central Cambridge close to St Johns, Trinity, Jesus, and Magdalene College.  The Riverside Restaurant overlooks the river, and the rooftop bar gives panoramic views across the city.  Hotel guests have access to the gym, spa, sauna and steam room, nearby punting and complimentary bicycles.



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