Cambridge’s oldest hotel returns to its former glory

The ambitious makeover makes vibrant new use of the University Arms’ elegant classical bones

An ambitious makeover of the University Arms in Cambridge has returned it to its former grandeur
An ambitious makeover of the University Arms in Cambridge has returned it to its former grandeur

It is Cambridge’s oldest hotel, now set once again to be its grandest after an ambitious £80m renovation overseen by architect John Simpson – whose portfolio includes restoration projects on both Buckingham and Kensington palaces – and interior designer Martin Brudnizki. The 192 rooms and suites at the University Arms (universityarms.com; from £205) leverage the 1834 building’s classical bones, soaring ceilings, wide windows and postcard vistas over Parker’s Piece – all made vibrantly new thanks to Brudnizki’s bold but unerring way with colour and materials (think of Scott’s, The Ivy and Soho Beach House). 

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