De Vere University Arms Hotel
Lonely Planet review
The grande dame of Cambridge hotels, this huge Victorian mansion hunkers down beside bustling Parker's Piece green as though fondly overseeing his great-great-grandchildren's cricket skills. Its public spaces ooze gentleman's-club atmosphere, its 120 rooms comfort and elegance.
Dating back to 1834, the University Arms has revelled in its reputation as Cambridge's top hotel for a trifling 170 years. And though the competition is much stiffer these days, its mixture of Victorian pomp, plum central position, first-class service and park views are hard to beat. That said, if you prefer your comforts contemporary, you're better off elsewhere. While a modern annex houses the chic restaurant and a significant facelift is (perhaps wisely) planned for the next few years, the hotel has relied upon its dusty time-warp charms for a shade too long. But if creaky 1920s cage lifts, stained glass and tartan carpets, leather armchairs and filigree ironwork satisfy your idea of class, this could be the hotel for you. Note that this is one of relatively few central hotels with parking, although it charges for the privilege.
Services & facilities
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- 24-hour front desk
- Room service (24 hours)
- Multilingual staff
- Express check-out
- Smoke-free property
- Parking height restrictions apply
- Free Wi-Fi
- American express
- Pets not allowed
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Luggage storage
- Babysitting or childcare
- Use of nearby fitness center (free)
Location. Located in central Cambridge, De Vere University Arms Hotel is within walking distance of Parker's Piece and Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Nearby points of interest also include St Catharine's College and King's College.
Hotel Features. De Vere University Arms Hotel features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. This 4-star property offers a meeting/conference room and audiovisual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Guest parking is limited, and available on a limited first-come, first-served basis (surcharge). Other property amenities at this Edwardian property include multilingual staff, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services. This is a smoke-free property.
Guestrooms. 119 air-conditioned guestrooms at De Vere University Arms Hotel feature safes and complimentary newspapers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Guestrooms offer phones. Televisions have cable channels, complimentary TV Internet access, and pay movies. Also included are trouser presses and irons/ironing boards. Guests may request wake-up calls.