Here’s where to get the best view in Cambridge

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    Why go? Cambridge is one of those cities steeped in so much history that you can’t help but be in awe every time you go. At every twist and turn of those cobbled streets, and within the sacred university halls, you expect stumble upon a secret – and that’s the beauty of Cambridge.

    Where to stay: That’s not to say Cambridge is passé, because the city has learned to embrace the new with the old, and is bursting with trendy cafés, restaurants and hotels that keep it buzzing. One such hotel is The Varsity Hotel & Spa, a boutique hotel in the heart of the city.

    It’s ideally located on the edge of the picturesque River Cam, and is a stone’s throw away from St John’s, Trinity, Jesus and Magdalene College as well as the other colleges.

    The room: Each room in the hotel is unique and an homage to the cultural heritage of the city. Ours is inspired by music, with a feature wall illustrated with old instruments. The wooden four-poster bed and floor to ceiling windows add a modern touch, while the bathroom is a dream, with a walk-in shower overlooking the river.

    The food: You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to food at the Varsity, as it has two restaurants on site. For amazing steak, head to the River Bar Steakhouse & Grill, but for something a little more romantic, head straight up to Six Panoramic Bar & Restaurant, which offers unparalleled views of the city. Try the cocktails while you mull over what dish to order (any menu that offers to take you around the world in cocktails is a winner in my book) and then feast on dishes like pork belly with apple sauce & spinach, parmesan chips with truffle aioli and hazelnut chocolate brownie with hot caramel sauce.

    The spa: Obviously, it would be rude not to try out the spa, which is one of the most well-known in Cambridge. Why? Because the treatments are great of course, but the main attraction is a hot tub overlooking the River Cam. Pure bliss.

    How to book: Rooms start at £155, but the basic room rate for a double is £195. To book: Call 01223 306030 or e-mail alternatively, guests to can book through the website.

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