This summer Fellows House opened its doors in Cambridge. Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, the 131-room apartment-style urban retreat is providing home comforts to tourists and city-dwellers.
Interiors are influenced by the city’s history and academics, and ornate artwork line the walls. Combining leather, wood and marble for a traditional feel yet coveting today’s Insta-worthy trends, the hotel’s public spaces are the place to be. From the lobby and open-kitchen restaurant to the lavish bar and cosy courtyard, each area calls for guests to relax in their surroundings.
Eastlife’s Tara-Louise McCaughey packed her bags for an overnight stay. A trip combining work and pleasure, she checked-in to the offerings at Fellows House…
Nearly all hotels boast that they are ‘home away from home’, which sometimes is not the case. But not here. The Fellows House is the perfect homely getaway with added luxury. I was welcomed with big smiles and genuine interest in how my travel and day had been. The staff were on hand to give me advice on touring around Cambridge like it was the first time I had ever set foot in this beautiful city.
A great place for exploring the city, the hotel is located just five minutes from the centre, including a short distance from the River Cam and Jesus Green.
I stayed in a studio room, which has everything you need for a short or long stay. Walking into the room, you are met with the kitchen area finished with beautiful countertops. Fully stocked with culinary essentials, there is everything you need should you wish to self-cater, including a microwave and coffee machine – always a nice touch. However, I was taking full advantage of the modern restaurant downstairs, so the Nigella cooking book was left unopened – if I had stayed longer, maybe I would’ve been tempted to whip something up!
Heading into the room, you get instant comfort vibes: a king-size bed, 49-inch TV, work desk and seating area. I was enjoying a night away on my own, but the studio would be perfect for a week away with your partner, family or friend—plenty of space to relax after a long day exploring the area. I can’t move on without explaining how comfortable the bed was. With its 300 thread count sheets, soft pillows and dream-inducing mattress, it was one of the best night’s sleep I’ve ever had.
The bedroom leads to the bathroom, complete with a walk-in rain shower. There is also great storage, so no tripping over your suitcase. The room comes with extra amenities including soft bathrobes, blackout blinds, shower toiletries, iron and free wifi.
The Fellows House has a great selection of rooms; studios, apartments and a split-level duplex to choose from when booking. With family connecting rooms, you have the space to enjoy a family city break together but also some privacy in the evening.
No attention to detail was missed when the team behind The Fellows House named each accommodation —using Darwin, Attenborough, Adkins and Newton to name a few as its muse. Each room is named after a Cambridge University fellow and featured books written by them and inspired artwork, even down to the figures and ornaments. The rooms are a path into each Fellows work and life; a piece of Cambridge’s history.
Before I set off on my walk around the city, I made sure to top up my coffee intake at The Sage of Cambridge, the hotel’s in-house transformative cafe. The bistro is a coffee shop by day, and wine bar by night. I will be honest I can be a bit of a coffee snob, but The Sage coffee roast hit the spot.
Five minutes walk from the hotel, and you are emerged into Cambridge life. The iconic cows that graze Cambridge’s commons are a treat to see for tourists and locals. Everywhere you look, your eyes are met with tradition, history and architectural beauty. I could’ve walked for hours, taking in the hustle of warm late summer evening vibes, but dinner awaited me back at the hotel.
Having left my family at home, the feeling of eating alone can be slightly worrying, but again I was welcomed with a smile and warm conversation, my nervousness of being alone soon washed away. The Folio Bar & Kitchen features intimate, family and group seating, flowing perfectly together.
The menu had a little of everything to choose from with a good selection to suit all tastes. I do have to note, I was impressed with the drinks menu. As a non-drinker, I always find non-alcoholic selections can be a little dry, however, there was a great selection of non-alcoholic beer, wines and Prosecco. The food was enjoyable and the atmosphere relaxing. It’s also open to non-hotel guests. It’s also the location for the breakfast buffet.
I woke up refreshed and ready to start my day. I headed down to the gym for a quick morning workout, but I spent most of my time in the pool area. The pool is inviting and perfect for a relaxing swim. There’s also a sauna and steam room, with cold water on hand to cool you back down.
I didn’t want to leave; I was starting to settle into this home away from home. The Fellows House is one of the newest hotels in Cambridge, and delivers on style and service. The Twenty2Degrees interior partnership and the spectacular artwork from Elegant Clutter, together create a thoughtfully designed hotel.
When planning your next trip to Cambridge, book yourself into the treat that is The Fellows House.
Rooms at The Fellows House Cambridge, Curio Collection by Hilton, start from £170 per night for 2 people staying in a Kipling King room on a B&B basis. The property is located at 33 Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1UZ. For more information, please visit www.thefellowshousecambridge.curiocollection.com or call 01223 949499.