The Varsity Hotel & Spa may have rooms named after colleges, artworks based on famous alumni and donnish decanters of brandy to hand, but there’s nothing studenty about it. It’s set in the riverside heart of Cambridge, has a spotless health club and Elemis spa attached, and from its seventh-floor rooftop you can catch the best views in the city. Academically gifted, this one.
The Glassworks Elemis spa is housed in a Conran-designed building next door (you have to pop out into the street to get there). In addition to well-priced facials, massages and beauty treatments, you can book in for reflexology, aromatherapy and waxing. Yoga, pilates and boxercise classes are held in the beamed gym and, in summer, on the hotel roof. There’s also an Aveda hair salon.
At the hotel
Glassworks Elemis spa with gym,Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, roof garden, TV lounge (with decanters of brandy and whisky to hand), DVDs and CDs available, free WiFi throughout.
The Varsity Hotel & Spa – Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB5 8AQ
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