The best hotels in Cambridge for business travelers
We round up the best hotels for a work trip to this famous university city.
Home to magnificent old buildings and a historic university, Cambridge attracts hordes of tourists. But in recent years, a large number of science and technology companies have made the city their home, and it has burgeoned into a thriving business hub. So, if you find yourself visiting Cambridge for work rather than pleasure, here is our pick of the best hotels.
Built in 1834, the University Arms has been revamped from top to bottom and reopened last year to much fanfare. The 192-room hotel feels both modern and traditional, with Swedish interiors mixing dark wood with soft furnishings in sophisticated tones. The lovely rooms have desks and safes, and high-speed Wi-Fi is available everywhere. The library, bar and restaurant Parker’s Tavern (which The Daily Telegraph called ‘deservedly the new culinary and cocktail hotspot in town’) are all great spots for informal meetings. Frequent travelers can join the Marriott Bonvoy program, which offers plenty of benefits, discounts and rewards. Several Cambridge hotels are aimed at weekenders; the University Arms is more formal than fun — and feels like somewhere you could impress a client.
Lonely Planet describes Hotel du Vin as ‘one of the country’s swishest, coolest chains’ and their Cambridge establishment lives up to this description. Located on characterful Trumpington Street, this hotel feels central while at the same time private enough to avoid a batch of partying students. The tucked-away basement bar is relaxed and welcoming, and the modern bistro has an affordable wine list and offers up tasty French food. Meeting spaces include a cosy Library. The Société du Vin membership scheme has plenty of perks including room and food discounts and free cancellation on the day of arrival.
There is a shortage of decent accommodation near the Cambridge Science and Business Parks; the only place worth mentioning is Hotel Felix. Minutes from the A14, it boasts something most Cambridge hotels don’t have — a free car park. As well as spacious rooms and 24-hour room service, there is a pleasant terrace where you can enjoy lunch or a cocktail and a restaurant serving modern European food. A variety of meeting rooms are available and there is a golf club nearby where you can spend a few free hours. With competitive prices, this indie establishment is a more inspiring choice for a work trip than the standard chain hotels in the area.
Star Service calls this hotel ‘Cambridge's most reliable address for business travellers.’ A stone’s throw from the shops and university, it’s ideal if your business brings you to the city centre. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, work stations, and laptop safes. There is a smart executive lounge which is open throughout the day and evening, and the modern restaurant is open until 10 pm. The Hilton has lots to offer time-poor travelers, including digital check-in, valet parking, and printing and photocopying services. The hotel’s loyalty scheme Hilton Honors offers all kinds of extras including late check-out and 48-hour room-guarantee.