Looking out of the floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree, panoramic windows of the Varsity and down to the ancient streets of Cambridge city centre, you can’t help but be transported back in time, imagining scholars flitting between lectures at the nearby Trinity, St John’s or King’s University colleges over the centuries.

And while today’s students may look quite different to their 13th-century counterparts, many of the buildings you tower over at the Varsity haven’t changed at all, and neither have the punting boats that float along the River Cam, also in view from the rooftop bar and restaurant of the hotel.

Dining with a view / Image: The Varsity

Dining at Six — the hotel’s stylish restaurant — is worthy of a special occasion, and a broad menu covers the gamut of excellently cooked and locally sourced produce, whether emerging from the grill or the oven. The views inside the hotel are just as special as those outside; spacious, modern, designer suites have in-room roll-top baths as their focal point, the perfect opportunity to soak tired legs after a long city tour. Then there’s Elemis spa, the perfect place in which to close your eyes and forget about the outside world for a while. Indulge with a rejuvenating massage and unwind in the pool and sauna facilities.

Make the most of that spacious freestanding bath / Image: The Varsity

Needless to say, you could do a lot worse than checking into the Varsity and ordering a bottle of your favourite wine to accompany a spot of people-watching from this enviable destination. It’s the jewel in the crown of a hotel that offers a huge amount.


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