If you are local to Cambridge, you might have seen that The University Arms has undergone a bit of a transformation (to say the least) for the past two years. After an £80 million renovation, consisting of 192 hotel rooms and a beautiful new restaurant (The Parker’s Tavern), the hotel has finally opened its doors again. I was one of seven bloggers lucky enough to be invited down for the evening to have a nosey at some of the gorgeous rooms and suites and to also enjoy a lovely meal in The Parkers Tavern.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Tristan Welch, the Head Chef at The Parker’s Tavern, who has overseen the launch of the restaurant. He gave us a little history of the hotel, explaining all of the amazing Cambridge details they wanted to put in place throughout the design – even down to the names of each of the cocktails. These were all based on stories from Cambridge, which I loved the thought behind.
We were treated to some delicious cocktails while sitting in the bar area. I went for the ‘Bloomsbury Boozer’, consisting of the Botanist gin, elderflower cordial, lemon, raspberries, raspberry foam. The foam made it a complete showstopper of a cocktail – like seriously, this is the place you want to come to for drinks if you want to impress!
You can enjoy your cocktail not only in the bar area but also in the room known as The Library. This stunning room is perfectly decorated and just seems like the perfect place to sit somewhere that is a little quieter to the bar area.
After enjoying our delicious cocktails, we headed off on a tour of The University Arms…
Would you believe, the picture above is what The University Arms used to look like! It is amazing the transformation it has gone through over the past four years.
We were taken to three of the different suites, each varying in price but I think starting at around just over £200 for one night. I was so impressed with the details of each room, obviously being very Cambridge focused, they all beautifully decorated.
A Blogger’s Dream Bathroom…
Each of the rooms had incredible bathrooms – with marble counters and filled with lots of beautiful gold details. Basically a blogger’s dream bathroom!
But the final room we went to see was something else… With a balcony overlooking Parker’s Piece, it was incredible. There was even a clawfoot bathtub next to a huge window, so you can enjoy the view while having a bubble bath – the dream!
The hotel and the rooms are absolutely stunning – I am now desperate to stay here! Every single detail has been perfectly considered and shows off all of the Cambridge heritage.
I had so many photos to share, so I thought it would be best to split this post in two. This one showing of the gorgeous University Arms hotel, and the second one all about the delicious meal we enjoyed at The Parker’s Tavern.