The historic heart of Cambridge, the area where the colleges stand together in an orderly way, feels like it hasn't changed for centuries. The splendid architecture is protected, and even outside the walls this area of narrow, cobbled streets and golden coloured stone feels like a time warp. Thankfully our pick of the best places to stay in Cambridge have escaped the worst aspects of old time hospitality and are firmly rooted in the twenty first century.
It's very easy to imagine yourself discussing politics with future prime ministers in the old Cambridge pubs, strolling the 'Backs' - the college gardens - in the company of future poets, or reading up on the latest research in the bottom of a punt with Nobel-prize-winners-to-be.
If you're only in Cambridge for a few days there are a few things you should definitely try to experience.
Cambridge is a beautiful city. Its Gothic spires and grand facades are everywhere you turn and its green, green gardens and the river Cam are a perfect picture of nature at her most pleasant. She's best traversed on foot, or bike, in fact many of Cambridge's roads are too small for cars to pass.
This is a student town so there are plenty of reasonably priced places to eat and drink, and plenty of cheap entertainment options. Some of the colleges charge an entry fee, though some are free and when they do charge it's not much. And the Fitz is free too! As is Kettle's Yard, the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences, the University Museum of Zoology and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
This city is an ever popular destination so the best places to stay in Cambridge can get booked up pretty quickly. Our advice if you want to bag a great bed for the night is to either plan well ahead, or else try to visit in less busy periods or even midweek.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Cambridge, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Cambridgeshire.
Newish, central, contemporary hotel with plenty of light, great roof terrace and cinema, chic design details and a useful spa and gym.
Beautifully renovated university building. Rooms boast a range of architecturally quirky features and a number of unique suites. Library, French-stle bistro and bar available, offering a comfortable and relaxing stay in Cambridge city centre.