Need To Know
48, including four suites.
11.30am, but flexible subject to availability and a charge, depending on the time. Earliest check-in, 3.30pm.
Double rooms from $173.27 (£116), excluding tax at 20 per cent. ⓘ
Rates include the Continental buffet breakfast; hot dishes are also available (from £6).
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. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD and CD players, iPod dock, bottled water, Elemis bath products. Suite guests get Nespresso machines, a selection of books, and access to an iPad and Wii on request.
Our favourite rooms
With floor-to-ceiling windows in most rooms, it's a crime against viewpoints not to go as high up the hotel as possible – stick to the north or east ends of the building if you can. We were wowed by the objêts-d'art-dotted Master's Penthouse Suite on the sixth floor, which has two glass walls, a long balcony where you can ogle Cambridge's most famous bits, and a colossal four-poster; a room made for dirty weekending. The smallest rooms, Graduate Doubles, are on the weeny side, but fine for a quick city stay.
There's no pool, but bring swimwear if you fancy a soak in the spa's river-view Jazuzzi.
With historical architecture (and architectural history) around every cobbled corner, a camera is obligatory. Don't forget swimwear for the Jacuzzi. If you plan on punting the Cam (and you should), bring clothes you don't mind getting damp. NB No one really wears mortarboards.
All public areas are accessible to wheelchair users, all bedrooms are accessible by lift, and some have been specially adapted for mobility-impaired guests.
This hotel is better suited to couples - leave the children at home!