Places to Stay in Cambridge

Where to stay in Cambridgeshire

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Welcome to our guide to the best places (in our humble opinion) to stay in Cambridge(shire) whilst you join us on a Cambridge punting tour.

Since Cambridge is one of the most quintessential getaways in the UK, it is no wonder that there is an abundance of Hotels to choose from.

We have put together a list of places that we think will suit every one of our customer’s needs, from romantic weekends to family getaways.

Best for: A luxurious weekend punting


The Gonville Hotel is situated on the edge of Parkers Piece, one of Cambridge’s most synonymous green spaces. In 1838 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria a feast for 15,000 people was held there.


The Gonville Hotel boast 92 rooms with 8 individually designed bedrooms all with cashmere beds (quite the luxury!). Alongside the Gonville Hotel is Gresham House Wellness, an onsite spa in an old victorian villa.


During your stay there you can opt for the ‘Gonville Experience’ which includes complimentary journeys in the ‘house’ Bentley. Whilst you are on your way to come on a punting tour with us you can have your own private and extremely majestic tour of Cambridge.


To book your punting tour of Cambridge, go to the hotel reception where you will receive a discount.

Best for: A romantic punting trip to Cambridge


Admittedly this next hotel isn’t in fact in Cambridge, however, it is so perfect that it just had to be included. Plus it’s only a half an hour drive down the A14.


Situated in the historic village of Moulton, The Packhorse Inn provides a romantic weekend that even Bridget Jones would be jealous of.


The Packhorse Inn hosts 8 boutique styles rooms, all with varying styles. You can choose between staying in the main house or staying in the old coach house. Their restaurant, also under the same name, offers a modern British menu from award-winning chefs. Using local suppliers to ensure their menu stays true to the region.


On top of your romantic punting package with us, there are plenty of different packages that The Packhorse offer.


In particular, their romantic stay package includes dinner for two, fizz, breakfast for two plus late checkout. The perfect start to your day punting in Cambridge with us.

Best for: A fun-filled punting trip for the whole family.


Like The Packhorse Inn, The Quy Mill Hotel is situated outside of Cambridge. That is what makes it one of the best places to stay as a family as you can locate not only the historic city centre but other fun-family activities in the area of Cambridgeshire.

You can choose rooms with a regal four-poster bed or ones with a private terrace that offers a more riviera feel.

The hotel boasts some of the best facilities with an oak-beamed gym, health club and spa. Not only does its facilities not disappoint, Quy Mill also has access to an abundance of outdoor activities.

Their landscape garden is a great place to play hide and seek with your little one(s). Nearby jogging trails, cycle paths and riverside walks are the perfect way to get you in the mood to come on a guided family punting tour in Cambridge.

You can also book your punting tour at the hotel reception or alternatively through our website to receive our discounted rates – book cheap punting in Cambridge here.

Best for: A corporate weekend away


The Hilton Cambridge City Centre is the largest hotel in the city centre. A stone’s throw away from various museums including the Fitzwilliam, Sedgwick and Zoology.

The hotel comprises of 198 guest rooms and 6 meeting rooms. Perfect for any business that needs to be conducted during your stay in Cambridge.

You have the option to hire a conference room or simply a smaller meeting room, whichever way, you will be looked after by dedicated event staff.

There are various different rooms available for your stay, including 4 different types of guest rooms, 2 different types of accessible rooms, king suites and king executive rooms.


Best for: Comfort without the price tag.


The Holiday Inn Express is the perfect getaway for a weekend punting trip to Cambridge. For those of you travelling further afield, Holiday Inn’s location is ideal. 3 miles from Central Cambridge. A 15 minute drive away from Cambridge Station and Stansted Airport only being a 35 minute drive away.

For those of you with larger families, Holiday Inn Express offer connecting rooms to ensure you’re all together during your stay.

At Holiday Inn, comfort is key, so much so they have a pillow menu to suit your sleeping needs.

Or alternatively why not choose one of the Travelodge‘s that are positioned in and around the city centre. Whilst any one of the ten hotels will guarantee a fun and relaxing stay for all the family, Travelodge Cambridge Central is a great budget-friendly option for staying over in the heart of the city. By searching through their destination page it’ll make accommodation searching much easier for anyone wanting to extend their trip to Cambridge overnight.

Best for: Backpacking around Cambridge


For those of you backpacking the UK and Europe, Cambridge is almost definitely on your bucket list. There is no better way to see the architectural beauties that Cambridge has to offer then going on one of our shared punting tours.

YHA Cambridge is the ideal place to put your backpack down and your feet up. Not only is the cost effective, it is a three minute walk from Cambridge Station. Allowing you time to rest and recuperate before a busy day exploring all that Cambridge has to offer.

The hostel offers all sorts from shared dorms to private rooms with ensuites, an onsite cafe and bar that currently serves a full English and a drink all for £9.95. A perfect start before your adventures in Cambridge.

Posted on September 3rd, 2022, by the Traditional Punting Company Editor