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University Arms

Last updated: 03 December, 2023

If one hotel in Cambridge truly epitomises the city, it’s the University Arms; the gracious Edwardian building has been welcoming guests since 1834, and that history has been firmly kept in the mix when the building was restored and reopened for business in 2018.

Rooms ooze classic British style without a hint of chintz; chandeliers and velvet ottomans in muted hues, with cool dove-blue decor. The restaurant, Parker’s Tavern, is one of the city’s best eateries, serving up thoughtfully-reinvented classic dishes, from watercress soup and sole with brown butter, to coronation chicken salad and roast rib of beef, cooked over coals.

As welcoming to families as groups of friends and couple of all ages, this is a vibrant, slickly-run, dream of a place to stay.

Surrounding area

Overlooking Parker’s Piece – the city’s most famous green space – the colleges and bustling Market Square are ten minutes’ walk. A fifteen-minute stroll in the other direction takes you to Mill Road, home to some of the city’s hippest bars and cafes.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed