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Cam­bridge, UK

The low­down A Re­gency ho­tel given a re­gal re­fresh. Best for Lit­er­ary types and plugged-in cre­atives. The Univer­sity Arms serves up a glorious mix of stud­ied el­e­gance and sleek fa­cil­i­ties, mak­ing it a must-visit for out-of-town­ers and Cam­bridge lo­cals alike. Re­opened af­ter an £80 mil­lion makeover, the ho­tel – orig­i­nally built in 1834 – has been stun­ningly reimag­ined, from its classical façade (ren­o­vated by ar­chi­tect John Simp­son – his port­fo­lio also in­cludes projects at Buck­ing­ham and Kens­ing­ton Palaces) to the sump­tu­ous in­te­ri­ors crafted by Martin Brud­nizki, whose mod­ernist take on time­less good looks – deep so­fas, tas­sel-trimmed lamps and state­ment chan­de­liers – is per­fectly in tune with the Re­gency set­ting. Com­pris­ing 192 rooms and suites, the ac­com­mo­da­tion ranges from the un­clut­tered Cosy rooms to the premium Suites, which in­clude their own in­di­vid­u­ally cu­rated li­braries. Dishes at the ad­join­ing Parker’s Tav­ern restau­rant (also open to the pub­lic) fea­ture head chef Tris­tan Welch’s whim­si­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Vic­to­rian del­i­ca­cies, such as fid­get pie, a pork pie baked with ap­ples and mus­tard, and, while round­ing off the evening in the glam­orous bar, we started to imag­ine our wit and in­tel­li­gence ex­pand­ing by the hour… A place to broaden the mind, then, as well as re­lax­ing the body. Book it Dou­ble rooms from £208 (uni­ver­sit­yarms.com).

FROM TOP A spa­cious suite at the Univer­sity Arms, where tra­di­tional styling comes with a mod­ernist twist; the bar at Parker’s Tav­ern; and the ho­tel lobby has been re­stored to its orig­i­nal, Re­gency el­e­gance

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