The revamped University Arms will feature 192 “playfully” designed rooms and suites, as well as a destination restaurant, bar, library, events space, underground valet car park and gym.
The hotel is the first in the UK to “showcase Martin Brudnizki interiors from top to bottom”, inspired by “school days past, lazy afternoons spent on the banks of the River Cam and the raucous revelry of students; truly a space for locals, tourists, Cambridge students and their families alike”.
Highlights include a grand, high ceiling entrance lobby with fabric fronted reception desk, a wood-burning fireplace, parquet flooring and traditional timber paneling in the library, and a bar with traditional loose rugs, statement lighting and classic bead ceiling.
The hotel’s standalone restaurant, Parker’s Tavern, will offer “canteen-style seating with a mixture of free-standing dining chairs and benches, all finished in red and mustard yellow leather and dark timber”, and will be headed up by chef Tristan Welch, with British classic dishes “sourced from field, fen and England’s seas”.
Rooms feature bespoke furniture and statement chandelier lighting, and “Many suites on the top floor have access to private balconies overlooking Parker’s Piece, with bathrooms located inside the original domed turrets”.
The hotel and restaurant are both scheduled to open in August, with rates starting at £205 per night.