The Biggest Hotel Transformations of 2018

By Lauren Hill

University Arms, Cambridge

This landmark hotel in Cambridge first opened in 1834, making it the university city’s most historic hotel. Since shutting its doors two years ago, the hotel has been amidst major renovation, which is excitingly due to come to an end this summer. Involving a collaboration between the accomplished architect John Simpson and Swedish interior designer Martin Brudnizki (The Club at the Ivy, Scarfes Bar at the Rosewood London, Annabel’s and Soho Beach House in Miami can be counted among the designer’s previous projects), and reportedly costing around £80m, this launch comes with particular intrigue. With the ambition to create a venue that matches the beauty, ambition and vibrancy of the city it’s in, the hotel is endeavoring to reflect Cambridge’s literary spirit. As well as incorporating a library, the hotel will be home to a new destination restaurant and bar helmed by the award-winning chef Tristan Welch who previously worked under Michel Roux Jr before going on to work at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant L’Arpege. This summer, a public art project will be unveiled on the parkland this hotel overlooks (Parker’s Piece), to celebrate the hotel’s reopening.

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