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Spotlight on Graduate Cambridge

A city spa break in a tranquil waterside location

There's a common perception that you can't have it all... well, I'm not an enormous fan of being told what I can't do, and it seems that the people at Graduate Cambridge agree. On the banks of the River Cam, this pretty hotel manages to combine the best of all things - city entertainment, rural tranquility, modern hospitality and the depth of personality that comes with deep rooted heritage. Here's what you need to know...

A scenic city location

Let's start with the location, because it really sets the scene for a getaway at Graduate Cambridge. The hotel sits on the banks of the River Cam, just a few steps away from the University of Cambridge colleges. The name not-so-cryptically points to both the city and the building's heritage in connection with the famous university - a theme that runs through the hotel. The location is an intrinsic part of your stay here for two important reasons: firstly, it's a very pretty place where you instantly feel relaxed; secondly, you're also in pride of place for exploring the impressive city of Cambridge and its many attractions.

Stylish suites

The interiors at Graduate Cambridge are really quite something. I've mentioned that the educational heritage of the property is a running theme, and so it begins at the front desk. Here you will find a DNA double helix light in pride of place, paying homage to Cambridge alumna Rosalind Franklin. There's also 100-year-old punting boats in the lobby. Head to the rooms and suites and you can't help but be delighted by the stylish design, not to mention the views stretching across the hotel grounds.

Riverside dining in Cambridge

The aptly named Garden House is the centre point for food and drink at Graduate Cambridge. Serving a feast of British produce in its seasonal menus, it features a riverside Garden Room for afternoon tea, as well as a Garden Bar for new world wines and cocktails. It would be remiss not to mention the garden itself, which is also opened up for drinks and light meals when the weather allows. What could be finer than a G&T in the sunshine watching the world float by?

A leisurely wellbeing experience

The Leisure Club at Graduate Cambridge is an inspired addition to the hotel. It's not extensive but it is beautifully designed and well thought out. There is a hum, hot tub, sauna and steam room, although a favourite feature is the swimming pool which runs along the river outside. Not technically a spa per se, there are no treatments available, but the experience of staying here as a whole is inherently relaxing and definitely worth the trip.

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