The Varsity Hotel and Spa, Cambridge

Nestled in the heart of Cambridge’s vibrant Quayside area, The Varsity stands tall as a proudly independent, boutique hotel boasting 48 beautiful rooms and a rejuvenating spa – a gem that’s recently undergone a fabulous refurbishment.

Perched by the riverside, with an impressive rooftop terrace, it redefines the hospitality landscape in Cambridge. Modern aesthetics meld seamlessly with a setting that celebrates culture and local charm. From the moment guests step inside, they are enveloped in the essence of quintessential Cambridge life. With its prime location, The Varsity Hotel & Spa is a launchpad for shopping sprees, sightseeing adventures, and painting the town red – showing those Trinity students how it’s done.

Photographer: Paul Winch-Furness

Upper-level rooms and suites are bathed in sunlight streaming through expansive plate glass windows, a few of which lead to decked balconies with stunning views. Each room is named after a renowned Cambridge college, and boasts an array of amenities, including LCD TVs, an extensive DVD library, complimentary Wi-Fi, and docking stations. Bathrooms are above-standard spacious, with monsoon showers, underfloor heating and Elemis toiletries. 

The Varsity hosts not one, but two wonderful dining experiences. There is the River Bar Steakhouse & Grill, perched on the Quayside, treating diners to beautiful river views. The menu is brimming with locally sourced ingredients, and guests can take their pick from 28-day-aged prime beef steak to impossibly fresh seafood. Meanwhile, on the sixth floor, SIX Brasserie takes centre stage. The combination of uninterrupted views, expertly mixed cocktails and wonderful service makes for a truly memorable experience. Worth mentioning are the Pan Seared Scallops served three ways and the Herb Crusted Cod. Both deserve top marks with extra credit.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa also houses the newly refurbished Glassworks Health Club, located in an adjoining warehouse building, open to all hotel guests. Imagine soaking in a whirlpool hot tub, gazing out over the river, or unwinding in a sauna and steam room. The SPA Pool and array of Elemis treatments complete the picture of bliss. Fancy a workout to dust off the cobwebs? The gym is impressive; larger and better equipped than your average hotel gym. 

With its excellent location, beautifully comfortable rooms and faultless service, The Varsity graduates with honours.


24 Thompsons Ln, Cambridge CB5 8AQ