Accommodation in Cambridge
Cambridge has some wonderful places to stay during your visit. No matter how large or small your budget is.
Why not enjoy a stay at this stunning five-star hotel during the festival, offering exceptional rooms, an elegant bar and Parker’s Tavern restaurant. It provides a great central location with easy walking times to all festival venues.
Style here is undeniably British and quintessentially Cambridge. Classic Edwardian interiors are combined with bespoke, leather-padded writing desks, low ottomans and tiered chandeliers. The result is ambitious, beautiful, and full of life.
The hotel offers 192 luxury rooms and suites across four floors, with views over Parker’s Piece, historic Regent Street, and the hotel’s inner courtyard.
Benefactors & Patrons receive a 15% discount when booking.
Parkers Tavern at University Arms
Why not make a day of it and reserve a table at Parker’s Tavern Restaurant. A return to good, unpretentious British cooking. No fuss. No froth. Just fresh, honest ingredients, locally sourced and put together on a simple plate. A knife, fork and spoon. Conjured by a spectacular chef.
Don’t forget Benefactors & Patrons will get 10% off food and non-alcholic beverages, perfect for an afternoon tea!
Nestled on the banks of The River Cam, Graduate Cambridge is an idyllic retreat inspired by centuries of rich traditions, storied histories and academic life. Unrivalled views, seasonal culinary experiences at on-site Garden House restaurant and a cosy bar in the centre of the hotel are just a few of the things that make Graduate Cambridge unique.
From the DNA double helix light above the front desk, an homage to Cambridge alumna Rosalind Franklin, to the lovingly restored, 100-year-old punting boats that adorn the lobby walls, even the smallest details pay tribute to what came before.
Guests can enjoy access to on-site leisure club and tally up the lengths in a 10-meter-long swimming pool that runs alongside the river. After a swim, guests can enjoy the thermal benefits of the hotel’s hot tub, sauna and steam room.
The Varsity Hotel & Spa
The Varsity Hotel & Spa is an independently owned 44 room boutique hotel and spa in the hub of the Cambridge town’s buzzing Quayside area.
The design concept is modern British, juxtaposing the traditional with cutting-edge elements throughout the hotel’s six floors. All interior design elements combine fabrics and wallpapers from Colefax & Fowler, Osborne & Little, Farrow & Ball and other established British names. Although each room is individual, guests can expect to see strong patterned wallpapers from Nineteenth Century English cotton print or botanical influences, solid oak flooring throughout each room, sandstone bathrooms with monsoon showers and some with free standing Victorian baths. On-site there are two restaurants, SIX and River Bar Steakhouse & Grill and a peaceful spa, The Glassworks Spa.
Overlooking Parker’s Piece, this 4-star Gonville Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the historic centre of Cambridge. Refurbished to a high standard, the hotel offers free high-speed WiFi and on site parking at an additional fee. Free bike hire is available. Guests can enjoy fresh British cuisine and locally sourced produce in the Terrace Restaurant. A continental as well as freshly cooked to order breakfast is served, alongside afternoon teas, lunches, bar snacks and evening sumptuous dinners. Just a 10-minute walk from the famous Cambridge University Colleges, Gonville Hotel is a 15-minute walk from Cambridge Rail Station. The Grand Arcade shopping centre is half a mile away.
Benefactors & Patrons receive a 15% discount when booking directly with the hotel.
The Clayton Hotel
This 4-star hotel offers the perfect base to explore the ample history this beautiful city has to offer. After a busy day of discovering the festival with family or friends why not stay in Cambridge and choose from one of our wonderfully relaxing spacious rooms – Wake up ready for another day of adventures.
Hotel du Vin Cambridge
Sitting snugly among the Grade II listed buildings of picturesque Trumpington Street, our Cambridge hotel was lovingly converted from old University buildings. Retaining the original character and stunning architectural features, this boutique Cambridge hotel is the ideal place to relax, celebrate or do business. Also known for its festivals, museums, theatres and open spaces, Cambridge is a town like no other.
The Fellows House
The Fellows House is an apartment-style hotel for visitors to Cambridge who want to feel truly at home, while experiencing the most refined and inspiring stays the city has to offer. The Fellows House is a welcoming haven tucked away in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. Accommodation prioritises both comfort and style to provide a deluxe visit, any time of year.
Stay in Cambridge University Colleges
In the University’s vacation periods, at Easter, summer and Christmas, the academic venues offer a variety of bedroom styles, giving small groups and individuals the opportunity to stay in a College and have a true Cambridge experience.
Whatever your preference, there is a College for your stay. Contemporary buildings mingle with ancient settings offering styles to suit all budgets – from single standard bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities to executive double en suite hotel-style rooms. Check out the availability on the Meet-Cambridge website.
More places to stay
Why not see all the wonders of Cambridge whilst you are here? Be inspired by a city of history, culture and world-changing discoveries.
Home to more Nobel Prize winners than any other city, Cambridge is brimming with learning, culture and discoveries. From exploring the River Cam and learning to punt, experiencing glorious cuisine at our numerous quality restaurants, to indulging in shopping in our elegant shops, there is never a dull moment.
Cambridge offers such a range of options you might not have time to fit it all in.
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