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Share Published on October 19, 2018

Inside the new University Arms in Cambridge

After two years of renovations, the University Arms has reopened, featuring parquetry floors, plush fabrics and a very British aesthetic.

The spot that might best define the University Arms in Cambridge is its library: wood-panelled walls, a wood-burning fireplace, deep sofas, and a collection assembled by London bookshop Heywood Hill, including works by literary figures with suites named for them.

The university city's first hotel, opened in 1834, reopened recently after an £80-million transformation by architect John Simpson and interior designer Martin Brudnizki.

Simpson has replaced 1960s and '70s extensions with a façade that complements its Regency-era neighbours, while Brudnizki has evoked a British style inside with parquetry floors, brass and leather details, crests and accents of Cambridge blue. Some of the 192 rooms have private libraries and views of Parker's Piece common.

Order a punting hamper for a river jaunt or take a canteen-style seat at Parker's Tavern, the hotel's Hogwarts-esque brasserie with original stained-glass windows and more crests.

Helen Anderson

University Arms Hotel Cambridge update

In light of the Government announcement on the 23rd of December, we at University Arms and Parker’s Tavern will close our doors on Boxing Day.

If you have a reservation, please know that we will contact you about this, however should you have concerns, please do call our team on 01223 606066. 

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I look forward to welcoming you in 2021.

Ian James

General Manager

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