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Hotel Review: University Arms, Cambridge

Cambridge's oldest hotel is also one of its classiest and most luxurious. Built as a coaching inn in 1834, the University Arms had a major revamp in 2018 which added a statement-making coach gate with elegant soaring columns at the entrance. This stately grande dame echoes the city's cultured atmosphere -not surprisingly, as it resembles a Cambridge college both inside and out - but without any hint of stuffiness. Its inviting brasserie-style restaurant, Parker's Tavern, looks out over the vast green common of Parker's Piece near the city centre and is a sociable spot for British classics and afternoon tea. Its stylish rooms are spread across four floors, many painted in Cambridge blue, and the library-like lounge is a place you'll find hard to leave.

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