My hand-picked accommodation in Cambridge
Travelling to Cambridge soon and not sure which accommodation in Cambridge to chose? Choosing a place to stay in a new destination can be a tricky exercise. I tend to decide on the area, depending on my activities or chosen places to dine so then I don’t have to walk too far. This doesn’t always work out, unfortunately. When we stayed in Melbourne, I thought we were staying at a central location. Indeed, it was in the city centre, but 30 minutes walk from the river. When in Melbourne in Australia, this is where you want to be!
The centre of Cambridge is not very big so you would think you cannot go wrong. Well, that is what you would think! Hotels like to give them the name city centre or central as this draws in guests. There is nothing wrong with a 30-minute walk to the city centre, but why would you if there are good alternatives closer by. For example, the Travelodge at the Leisure centre calls itself Cambridge Central, but it is a 35-minute walk to Kings Parade. I am not quite sure why, but the number of people who joined me on a Cambridge Food Tour mentioned they were staying in Impington and thought they were close to the city centre.
I decided, that I had to give visitors to Cambridge a helping hand to find the best central accommodation in Cambridge.
Accommodation in the historic centre
The Cambridge Colleges
One of the most stunning places to stay is in the Cambridge Colleges. Outside term time they rent out their rooms. If you like to have a once in a lifetime experience, then I would highly recommend staying here. Please note, that most of them are located in the historic centre of Cambridge, but some of them are further afield such as Madingley Hall and Homerton college.
Best accommodation in the historic centre
Modern hotels in the historic centre
Both Hilton Hotels offer good accommodation, but they are big and offer a less personal service than the ones I mentioned above. The DoubleTree Hilton on the River Cam provides stunning views over the river. The Hilton Hotel on Downing Street is right in the centre.
Budget hotels near the city centre
The Premier Inn and the Travelodge are excellent options if you don’t want to spend too much money. Out of the two of them, the Travelodge is the best one. They are both only 5 minutes walk to the Grafton Centre and 10 minutes to Kings Parade.
The Felix Hotel
I like to mention the Felix Hotel separately. This stunning boutique hotel is just off Huntingdon Road. They have a stunning garden, offer an enjoyable dining experience, and the rooms are stunning and well equipped. The walk from here to the Quayside is 30 minutes and to Kings Parade 35 minutes. So not a problem if you like a bit of exercise.
If you like to mingle with the locals, then Mill Road is the area you want to stay in. It is quirky and once voted as the most cosmopolitan road in the UK. There are a few B&B’s in this area, but a good option is to get a room at the Mill Suites on Mill Road. It is perfectly located on Mill Road and only 15 minutes walk to Kings Parade.
Close to Mill Road
If you want to stay close to Mill Road, but want to the luxury or a hotel instead of a room at the Mill Suites on Mill Road, then there are a few options.
The more reasonable option is at the station. The Ibis hotel offers good accommodation, and if you want a little more luxury, then the Tamburlaine is a good hotel. Both hotels are within 5 minutes walk from Mill Road ( the middle part).