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In a fantastic spot overlooking the River Cam and Magdelene College and only a minute away from Jesus Green, the Varsity Hotel & Spa not only has one of the best locations but also the best rooftop bar in Cambridge. Set in a contemporary six-storey building attached to a 19th-century former brewery warehouse - where the spa, gym and one of two restaurants are housed - the hotel draws inspiration from its collegiate setting in some of its decor. It's sophisticated and smart, with a stylish mix of modern and mid-century - just what you want from an urban hotel. Some of the rooms have balconies looking over the river or Jesus Green, offering a soothing sense of serenity in the city centre.

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Mary Novakovich
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An award-winning travel journalist based in Hertfordshire, Mary writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Times. She is also the author of My Family and Other Enemies: Life and Travels in Croatia's Hinterland, which was shortlisted for the 2023 Edward Stanford Travel Book of the Year.



We love being so close to the city centre's action and having all those attractions practically on the doorstep, but feeling nicely secluded.

This hotel is in the centre of Cambridge, overlooking the River Cam and Magdelene College, a stone's throw from Jesus Green.
By car: the hotel is a 1 hour 45 minute drive from London and Birmingham. Private parking is available for £25 per day.
By train: trains from Kings Cross to Cambridge take around 1 hour, trains from Birmingham take around 3 hours. The hotel is a 15-minute taxi ride from the station.

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Style & Character

Ideal for city-breakers looking for a chic city-centre base that's close to many of Cambridge's attractions. You'll love the understated buzz about the place, and stumbling upon witty works of art here and there.

Service & Facilities

The gym is a definitely on the generous side, with a good range of equipment and plenty of space.

  • Bar
  • Two restaurants
  • Roof terrace
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Free bikes
  • Paid parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


We love the Senior Fellows Superking Room with a terrace and wonderful views of the city. Perfect for relaxing on a sofa on the terrace watching life go by below.

Graduate Double, Fellows King, Senior Fellows Superking, Senior Fellows Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Elemis toiletries, bathrobes, slippers, TV, DVD library, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, safe

Food & Drink

We love the sophisticated atmosphere and decor in SIX, with red leather banquettes and those large windows showing off the night-time cityscape. Enjoy a wonderfully rich gravy and braised red cabbage that comes with the tasty Saffron Walden lamb, followed by a generous plate of brie, roquefort and cheddar.

River Bar Steakhouse: steaks, burgers, fish, vegetarian options. Open Weds-Fri for dinner, Sat & Sun for lunch and dinner. Mains from £14.
SIX brasserie: rooftop restaurant, seafood, pizzas, steaks, cocktails and afternoon tea. Open Tues-Sun for lunch, dinner and drinks, open Mondays for dinner and drinks. Mains from£15.50.

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