About the University Arms

The University Arms hotel makes a beautiful centrepiece in the heart of the historic city of Cambridge. The austere Victorian structure was founded as a post house in the early 1800s, but has undergone significant extensions over the years to become a landmark city centre hotel. The hotel itself has accommodated numerous high-profile guests over the years and it is easy to see why the University Arms is the arguably the premier hotel in Cambridge. 

The hotel overlooks the famous Parker’s Piece and has witnessed several important events, including Queen Victoria’s grand coronation feast and the creation of modern day football under the Cambridge Rules (later adapted by the FA), both of which took place on the common. 

The hotel is a well-loved four-star hotel, which has been sympathetically renovated and designed to retain the Victorian character of the building whilst providing contemporary comforts. 120 en suite rooms await guests, including two sumptuously presented suites of which the Regency Suite is undoubtedly the most luxurious choice, with a sleigh bed and chesterfield sofa. Many of the rooms offer great views over Parker’s Piece. Dining at the hotel is provided by the chic Restaurant 17, which has skillfully brought traditional English dishes into the 21st century.

The hotel also has a selection of naturally lit meeting and conference rooms, and the Victorian building and grounds provide a striking location for a wedding ceremony or reception. The hotel has no leisure facilities of its own but guests receive discounted access to Greens Health and Fitness Club. 

With a traditional charm and a convenient city centre location, the hotel is a popular and appealing accommodation choice. The hotel is ideally situated for visitors to Cambridge, and is close to University of Cambridge buildings, the River Cam, the Grafton Centre shopping mall and all of the city’s major attractions.

To book your accommodation and/or conference at the University Arms Hotel Cambridge, please book online, or call the Essential Travelguide reservations hotline on 0118 971 4700 (from in the UK)