...where boutique chic meets classic Cambridge

The Varsity Hotel & Spa is located on the edge of the picturesque River Cam in the heart of Cambridge. We are the most centrally located hotel in Cambridge, just a few yards away from St John’s, Trinity, Jesus and Magdalene College. King’s, Christ’s, Queens’, Gonville & Caius, Clare, Corpus Christi and the remaining colleges are only a leisurely walk away and can be viewed from the Hotel.

The Varsity Hotel is ideally situated for punting, shopping and sight-seeing. Guests are truly immersed in the culture and charm of Cambridge life from the moment they arrive. The hotel offers unique stunning views of Cambridge, particularly from the penthouse suites with their floor to ceiling windows. We have 48 individually designed bedrooms and suites.

Cover picture: A panoramic view from our roof garden terrace


WE OFFER • Large Flat Screen Samsung LCD Television, iPod Docking Station, DVD/CD player and DVD library • Apple iPad, Nintendo Wii with a selection of Games, illy Espresso Machine (in selected rooms) • Complimentary Elemis Spa products • Air conditioning (we have a few rooms that are non air conditioned for those guests that prefer them), Under-floor Heating and Monsoon Showers in bathroom

• Complimentary use of The Health Club and Spa (Gym, Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Sauna and Studio Classes, e.g Yoga and Pilates) • Seven Spa rooms offering a wide range of treatments including Massages, Facials, Body Treatments, Manicures, Pedicures and a range of Spa Day packages • 24 hour Room Service • Punting and historic sightseeing tours

• Free high speed WI-FI, Bottled Water, Tea and Coffee


Our gym

This historic building, overlooking the river, dates back to the 17th Century. The important traditional features of the building have been preserved and combined with contemporary design. The bonded warehouse has been given a new lease of life by Terence Conran’s architecture and design practice, Conran & Partners.

Exercising in the gymnasium below the original timber roof, flooded by natural light with stunning views of the river from the spa and restaurant is a truly unique experience. Relax in our Jacuzzi and watch the punts go by or simply revitalize your body in the Sauna and Steam Room.

CONFERENCES We offer four individually designed rooms which can be hired for private meetings, dining and parties as well as for specialised events such as product launches. They are flexible in format and can be transformed from a sumptuous dining, to a boardroom or a luxurious drawing room. • Four conference rooms with Wifi and a full range of conference services including. • Flipcharts, Screens, LCD/Data Projectors, Conference Phones and Lap Top Computers.. • Individually prepared menus for lunch and dinner. • Spectacular roof garden for events and private functions.

Room Capacities

Theatre Boardroom Cabaret U Shape Square Table Dinner Drinks Reception


St. John’s

40 24 N/A 20 24 N/A 50

24 15 N/A 10 16 N/A N/A

Drawing Room N/A 11 N/A N/A 12 N/A 20

The Wharf Room 70 30 48 24 30 70 80

Please contact our events team for further information (01223 30 60 30)

ROOF TERRACE The most breath-taking feature of The Varsity Hotel & Spa is the spectacular roof terrace. This unique place on top of the hotel offers stunning picture postcard views of the city. For those wishing to do a lazy tour of Cambridge most University Colleges can be viewed from this spot. You can enjoy a glass of champagne from our extensive champagne menu or a cooling glass of Pimms and lemonade from our drinks list. You can simply come up for a cup . of tea or coffee in the afternoon and lounge on one of the rooftop sofas, relaxing, as the world passes by below. Lunch is served from 12pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Choose from simple fresh dishes such as Carpaccio of fillet of beef, aged balsamic & shaved parmesan, or River Farm smoked salmon with sour cream caper on a fresh bagel. In the evening The Varsity rooftop becomes the most romantic spot in the city watching the sun set enjoying a champagne cocktail and the stunning views. The roof terrace is an ideal venue for private functions and events , please call our events team for further details ( 01223 306030).


Relax, De-Stress and rejuvenate yourself in our seven spa treatment rooms, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room.


Using the Elemental nature questionnaire your therapist will design the treatment using personalised techniques. PURE FOCUS FACIAL CUSTOMISED FACIAL ELEMENTAL NATURE FACIAL


An age renewing, skin purifying or a focus on exfoliation facial to feel more beautiful, to purify and detox giving radiant smooth skin. GREEN SCIENCE FACIAL OUTER PEACE FACIAL SKIN RENEWING FACIAL


Excellent for relieving muscle tension whilst stimulating circulation, helping you to unwind after a long journey. A choice of Full Body, Back, Neck and Shoulder, Hands, Feet and Scalp Massages are available.


Used for many years by many cultures, placement of hot stones along the energy centres help boost bodily wellbeing. For Spa bookings & rates, please visit our website or contact the Spa directly on 01223 30 50 60


A calming treatment working the muscles and the palmar points of the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face to reduce fatigue, increase mental awareness and relieve headaches.


Wonderfully soothing and relaxing, essential oils provide a sense well being.


A rejuvenating and nurturing body treatment using healing touch and plant ingredients of the Caribbean to create inner calm and renew the body. AQUA POLISH TO SOOTHE OR ENERGISE

An exceptional exfoliation for the whole body, using dead sea salts with conditioning oil to give soft, polished skin. HERBAL BODY MASQUE

A deeply moisturising treatment with exfoliation, using sea science masque to leave skin smoother and nourished. ESSENTIAL BACK TREATMENT

Bringing purity and balance to the skin on the back. Focusing on cleansing, exfoliation, massage and masque therapy.


(can be combined as a Sleepover visit or Day Spa)

Our jacuzzi overlooking the river

AVEDA LUXURY ELEMENTAL NATURE DAY Mood Massage Elemental Nature Facial + Eye zone Treatment Jessica Prescriptive Manicure Jessica Deluxe Spa Pedicure

CUSTOMISED SPA DAY Customised Facial Herbal Body Masque EXPRESS STRESS REDUCING SPA DAY Pure Focus Facial Essential Back Treatment

AVEDA HEALTH AND BEAUTY DAY Full Body Massage Customised Facial Jessica Prescriptive Manicure Jessica Aroma Spa Pedicure

A SPA DAY FOR THE BOYS Customised Facial for Men Back, Beck, Hands, Feet & Scalp Massage Spa Pedicure

AVEDA ENERGISING SPA DAY Elemental Nature Facial Back, Neck + Shoulder Massage Aqua Polish Pure Exfoliation

MUMS TO BE SPA DAY Customised Facial Scalp, Hand and Foot Massage File & Polish for your Toes

Lunch at The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill can be incorporated into any of our Spa days or Treatments, please speak to a member of staff for further information. Gift Vouchers available For Spa bookings & rates, please visit our website or contact the Spa directly on 01223 30 50 60


The studio provides a wide range of classes to suit all levels of fitness and co-ordination, taught by our experienced instructors. Classes range from music based such as Step, Spinning, Box Fit,

Body Pump to a quieter alternative approach such as Yoga, Pilates, Body Conditioning and Core. Hotel guests are welcome to participate. A full timetable of classes can be viewed on our website.

RIVER BAR STEAKHOUSE & GRILL The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill is located on the river at Quayside, with breathtaking views of Magdalene College (founded 1428). FROM THE GRILL We aim to serve the most tender, full flavoured steak, only ever using the finest prime beef. Our steaks are dry aged for a minimum of 28 days and all our meats are traceable and sustainable. We offer a range of rib eye, sirloin, fillet, cote de boeuf, chateaubriand (for 2 to share) and the Butcher’s cut of the day from 8oz, 10oz, 12oz & 18oz upwards with a choice of traditional bearnaise, roquefort butter, peppercorn or wild mushroom sauces. Alternatively why not try our fish, freshly cooked on the grill, our classic burger, chargrilled chicken or vegetarian options. And to finish we have a wide range of tempting, delicious desserts including homemade chocolate brownies, cheesecakes, fruit pies and a selection of ice creams.

FROM THE BAR We offer a wide range of cocktails & wines that are sensibly priced to suit all tastes. Catch up with friends over a bottle of wine, or celebrate with a cocktail or two. The River Bar has a legendary reputation for it’s cocktails, all made from premium spirits with the freshest of ingredients. If it’s not on our menu, we will be more than happy to recreate your recipe. PRIVATE DINING Our mezzanine level provides a private dining area, offering stunning views of the river and colleges. SPECIAL OCCASIONS & FUNCTIONS We are able to accommodate small and large parties for those special events. Please contact us for further information.

Telephone 01223 30 70 30

View from the River Bar Steakhouse & Grill



Park Street Car Park The Park Street multi-storey car park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The car park is situated less than 2 minutes walk from The Varsity Hotel & Spa. The car park postcode is CB5 8AS.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa Thompson’s Lane (Off Bridge Street) Cambridge CB5 8AQ United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1223 30 60 30 Fax: +44 (0)1223 30 50 70 Email: [email protected]

Castle Hill Car Park The Castle Hill long-stay car is situated off Castle Street (entrance next to The Isaac Newton Pub) about 5 - 6 minutes walk from The Varsity Hotel & Spa. The car park postcode is CB3 0RG. Additional information is available on our website. For ease and convenience we suggest you drop off your luggage at the hotel before parking

For Reservations: Telephone: 01223 30 60 30 Email: [email protected] Online:

THE VARSITY HOTEL & SPA Thompson’s Lane (Off Bridge Street), Cambridge CB5 8AQ United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1223 30 60 30 Fax: +44 (0)1223 30 50 70 Email: [email protected]