Situated in the heart of Cambridge, the University Arms is a 192 room hotel with restaurant, bar, library, gym and function room facilities.
Designed with charm and heritage in mind, the hotel features eclectic design features and bespoke fittings and furniture, all wrapped up within the exquisite architecture from John Simpson.
Photography © James McDonald
Providing a warm welcome for guests, the entrance lobby boasts a double-height ceiling, Cambridge blue timber panelling and a patterned marble floor. Natural light pours in through the huge glass window above the grand entrance way whilst statement lighting hangs over head. A fabric fronted reception desk and a mixture of bespoke and antique furniture add a twist to the usual reception experience.
A library is located off of the reception area and entrance to the bar and Parker's Tavern restaurant. Bookshelf walls, traditional timber panelling and an original fireplace creates a cosy and private nook in which to relax with drinks or afternoon tea. Eclectic furniture is mixed with heritage-inspired herringbone floor, tassel-trim floors lamps and a statement chandelier.
Moving through to the bar, a marble patterned wallpaper blends with stately columns, eclectic furniture in a mixture of fabrics and patterns. The traditional herringbone flooring and Cambridge Blue panelling prevails throughout the whole area, effortlessly connecting each area of the hotel together. A nod to Cambridge University can be seen above the bar via the inclusion of a tradition crest of arms, contrasting against the rough glamour of the brass bar detailing.
Inspired by communal dining rooms synonymous with Cambridge colleges, Parker's Tavern showcases canteen-style seating with a mixture of free-standing dining chairs and benches. Original stained glass windows have been carefully restored and offer unbroken views out across to Parker's Piece creating a perfect conversation between the hotel and its location. A contemporary selection of artwork plays alongside the traditional aspects, tying the hotel narrative together effortlessly.
Light and breezy with views out onto Parker’s Piece, the bedrooms all have a relaxed, residential feeling. Vintage drinks trolleys, bespoke and antique furniture and statement chandelier lighting create an eclectic yet comfortable mood.
Suites on the top floor have access to private balconies with those dwelling in the turret suites can enjoy a morning bath from the turret and enjoy views down to the city below.