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The best hotels in Cambridge

The pick of Cambridge hotels as chosen by our inspectors

Take a break in historic Cambridge

Cambridge’s hotel scene has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years. Here’s where to stay when you’re up for exploring the lofty spires and punting along the River Cam in this historic university city.

The Gonville Hotel

A well-established hotel on the inner ring road, The Gonville lies a short walk across the green from the city centre. The stylish public areas include a lounge bar and brasserie, while smart bedrooms offer an impressive range of facilities.

Arundel House Hotel

Overlooking the River Cam and open parkland, this smart hotel was originally a row of Victorian townhouses. Characterful public areas include an airy conservatory, a spacious bar and an elegant restaurant.

Quy Mill Hotel & Spa

Set in a 19th-century former watermill, Quy Mill’s superior, spacious courtyard bedrooms are the pick of the bunch. The bar/lounge and restaurant offer both casual and formal eating; there’s also a leisure club and spa.

Centennial Hotel

Convenient for the railway station and town centre, the friendly Centennial Hotel offers smart public areas including an inviting lounge, a relaxing bar and restaurant. Bedrooms are generally spacious, well maintained and thoughtfully equipped.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

Overlooking the River Cam, The Varsity Hotel is a stylish property with classy, well-equipped bedrooms. The River Bar is a buzzy spot, the sixth-floor restaurant offers great cityscape views, and there’s also a health club/spa and a rooftop bar.

Hotel du Vin Cambridge

Dating in part to medieval times, this charming building occupies an elegant Georgian terrace. Bedrooms and suites come with monsoon showers and Egyptian linen. The French-style bistro has an open kitchen and the bar is set in vaulted cellar rooms.