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Graduate Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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The Premises 

Take a punt on Graduate Cambridge, an academic study of the city’s colleges and architecture to pleasingly studious results (the walls are lined with punts, for a start). The riverside setting means an expanse of the fens in one direction, with all the enlightenment of Cambridge in the other. Learned local references include the pattern of the gates of St John’s worked into the wallpaper, penny-shaped lamps to hint at a certain ill-advised student-drinking habit during formals, and bathroom mirrors in the form of a crest. And, helpfully, the rooms have desks – just in case you want to start work on your thesis…

Graduate Cambridge

Granta Place, Mill Lane Cambridge, United Kingdom



Compliments of the House 

£50 to spend on food and drinks at the hotel

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast.


Free WiFi throughout, bicycles to borrow, gym, yoga classes, riverside garden. In rooms: TV with casting abilities, fridge, tea and coffee kit, and Malin + Goetz bath products.


Boater hats and striped blazers to look good while out punting (provided you don’t fall in), an inquisitive, contemplative look and a thirst for knowledge.


All ages are welcome. Some room categories have two queen-size beds that are ideal for families, and there are rooms with twin beds.


The sustainability-loving chef goes to great lengths to minimise waste and get creative with seasonal ingredients in the kitchen, and he's got a thing about innovative, planet-friendly packaging, too. Single-use plastic is minimised and local suppliers are used wherever possible.


Two categories have ADA-approved rooms for disabled guests: Graduate Doubles and Graduate Kings.
If you want to know more about that framed Isaac Newton letter on the wall or why that lamp is shaped like a penny, download the hotel’s augmented-reality app and let your education begin.


Please note that from 4 September 2022 to 10 September 2022, the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room will be closed for renovations.


For the biggest balcony, go for room 301 and watch the River Cam drift past. Tall people may want to avoid the sloping ceilings of the rooms on the third floor.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Garden House has an open grill in the kitchen so you can watch the flame-cooking in real time from the comfort of a green velvet sofa, or sit by the window to enjoy glimpses of the river-edge garden instead. Dishes include beef with sour cream and salted cranberries, fried courgette flowers with the hotel’s home-made honey, and grilled artichokes with dandelion. The private dining room may lack windows, but it makes up for it in leafy wallpaper and elaborate chandeliers.

Liquid Bliss 

The showpiece bar takes up most of the room just behind reception. Cocktails that live up to the Garden House moniker are mixed with house-made cordials and local spirits. When the restaurant is closed, food is available at the bar.

Experience the Extraordinary 

In case you didn’t get the hint from the punts lined up by the garden and hanging on the walls in reception, drifting along the river upright on a wooden craft (the original SUP) is kind of a big deal around here. Scudamore’s, helpfully located next-door, is the city’s oldest purveyor of punts. River Cam-straddling structures of note include the Bridge of Sighs in St John’s College and the Mathematical Bridge at Queens’ College. Admire the modern art on display at Kettle’s Yard, or amuse kids by showing them the size of prehistoric PCs at the Centre for Computing History. The concierge can arrange perfectly suited guides to take you on walking tours of the city and its many colleges, including King’s and Trinity. Or do away with intellectual enlightenment and learn how to make chocolate instead, with an equally educational workshop at Chocolat Chocolat.


With the Coe Fen meadow in one direction, the river in another and all of Cambridge’s colleges, cobblestoned streets and famous museums and bridges at the end of various other compass points, it’s fair to say that Graduate Cambridge has a handy location.


The closest airport is Stansted, a 45-minute drive south; hotel transfers can be arranged on request. From Heathrow, the journey should take an hour and a half.


The train station is a 25-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. Services from London King’s Cross take around 50 minutes, with slower options available from London Liverpool Street.


Cars and cobbles don’t mix, and everything is easily reached on foot – stow your wheels in the hotel’s bigger-than-average car park for a nightly fee.


If you want to fit in, bicycle is Cambridge’s official mode of transport.


Granta Place, Mill Lane Cambridge, United Kingdom

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