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The Best Hotels in Cambridge for Every Occasion!

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The Best Hotels in Cambridge for Every Occasion!

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As a fabulous city, Cambridge has many fabulous places to stay. Whether you are wanting complete luxury, a room on a budget, or somewhere to welcome for furry family, this city can offer you plenty of choice. Here are the best hotels in Cambridge, to suit all all sorts of travellers.

A special occasion:

For a touch of luxury, it is hard to beat the University Arms:University Arms Hotel

Revamped in 2018 this city centre hotel has a real sense of luxury. Offering 192 rooms with Edwardian style furnishings and all the mod cons expected of a high end hotel including super speed broadband. Many rooms and suites have views over Parker’s piece. You can further enjoy the views with a drink in the hotel bar or try the renowned cooking of Tristian Welsh in the onsite restaurant Parkers Tavern.  We recommend the afternoon tea.

Find up to date prices and availability for the University Arms here

Travelling with dogs:

If you are travelling with dog, try The Graduate:

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Image courtesy of the Graduate Cambridge

Transformed from its previous life as the Garden House Hotel, the Graduate Cambridge is stylish and modern. Enjoy a drink in the beautifully decorated Graduate Bar and be sure to have a meal in the top quality Garden House Restaurant. You and your furry family will received an extremely warm welcome at The Graduate. Dogs priced at an additional £20 per night. Prices and availability for the Graduate here.

All about the food:

If your trip is all about the food, go for MJP @ the Shepherds:

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Image courtesy of MJP

MJP is not just a top quality Cambridge restaurant but also has great rooms at a really great price. The newly refurbished accommodation is light, airy and well decorated. They have king sized beds with quality linen and plenty of comforts to make you feel cosy. Based in the village of Fen Ditton, you are under 3 miles by foot into the city so this a great choice of location. Eating at the restaurant is highly recommended. Superb value. Prices and availability for MJP here.

Quirky getaways:

For something a bit different, go for Gayton Farm:

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Caravanning Club certified, Gayton Farm is on the edge of Cambridge but with all of the beauty of the countryside. It offers luxury and the experience of glamping you would expect. It also has a working farm.  Choose a glamping dome which includes a wood burner, double bed and en suite facilities, or perhaps the extremely romantic Gypsy caravan? A great choice for glamping in Cambridge. See website for prices and more details.

Find out more about Gayton Farm here.

Travelling with kids:

If you have young people with you, family friendly Gonville Hotel offers family rooms where even your dog can come too!

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Directly across Parkers Piece from the University Arms Hotel is the Gonville Hotel. A great location for the city and nearby museums. Offering high quality accommodation with individually designed period rooms including the hotels very own pillow menu. Enjoy a relaxing drink in the Atrium bar or sample the seasonal menus in the restaurant. Onsite parking is available to residents. Dogs are encouraged at the Gonville. Prices and availability for the Gonville Hotel here.

Hotels on a budget:

If you are on a budget, book central The Norna:


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Image courtesy of The Norna

Newly renovated The Norna boasts a smashing location with its CB1 postcode only a few minutes’ walk from the train station. The 8 roomed boutique guesthouse has well decorated, light, airy rooms that are all beautiful. Choose a room to suit your needs using their detailed website which gives you space and bed dimensions. A great choice for accommodation in Cambridge.

Prices from £70-80 per night depending on room chosen. Details of prices and availability at the Norna here.


For sight seeing:

For a central stay with easy access to the city, choose The Waterman:

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Image courtesy of The Waterman

Pub with rooms The Waterman make for a great bolthole for exploring the city. As the title of the ‘cosy rooms’ suggests, the rooms are beautifully ‘cosy’ with a double bed, funky artwork, en suite facilities, T.V and Wi-Fi. Book direct to get a complimentary breakfast. For a little more space and a king sized bed, opt for the comfy double.

Prices from about £85 per night for the cosy double or £90 for the comfy double. Prices and availability at the Waterman here. 

Pamper and stay:

If you are wanting a pamper experience, it is hard to beat Newmarket’s Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa:

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The Spa at Bedford Lodge offers a touch of luxury. Based in Newmarket, it is a few miles from the city but the perfect venue to escape and unwind.  Enjoy the hydrotherapy pool, rooftop hot tub, and mud rasul. There are also plenty of relaxation areas with snuggly blankets to curl up in and snooze the day away. Treatments are excellent at Bedford Lodge and staff are happy to tweak and alter to meet the customers needs. The hotel is equally as luxurious as is the food. Overnight breaks, days and demi day packages available. More details of prices and availability at Bedford Lodge here. See our more detailed review of Bedford Lodge spa here.


Night at the pub:

For that informal pub night and stay experience, try The Crown and Punchbowl Horninsea:

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Part of the Cambs Cuisine group, you know that you will be getting great quality food and drink at The Crown and Punchbowl in Horningsea.  The Crown & Punchbowl is also a boutique hotel with nine high quality, delightful double en suite rooms. Prices and availability for The Crown and Punchbowl here.

Prices start at £120 per night for a double room.

We hope that you find the perfect hotel in Cambridge for your trip. See more of our recommendations here.

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