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Monday, 16 October 2017

Things To Do In Cambridge | Luxurious Stay At The Tamburlaine Hotel

Cambridge Romantic The River CamHaving never visited Cambridge before, I was really looking forward to checking out the city for the first time!  With a couple of days to play with, a stay at The Tamburlaine Hotel was on the cards - a hotel high on my travel wishlist, having seen it described as the most 'Instagrammable' hotel in the area - as well as plenty of architecture (and food!) to take in.  I had prepared myself for plenty of idyllic spots and cosy corners, but I hadn't anticipated the sense of sanctuary and luxury that comes with a cold-weather visit to the university city...
Bonsoir of London Oyster Silk Gown
Gown - Bonsoir of London Silk Nightdress
Room Service Breakfast at The Tamburlaine Hotel

T H E   T A M B U R L A I N E   H O T E L

Alright, I'm biased, but The Tamburlaine Hotel is almost definitely the most stylish accommodation in Cambridge!  Thanks to the rejuvenated station-approach area, wheeling your suitcase over uneven paving isn't something to worry about.  From the moment you're spotted approaching the hotel, doormen and porters dressed in traditional uniform go out of their way to help you - there's a definite sense of old school charm.  If you're looking for a luxurious base for your stay, consider this my recommendation.  A few of my favourite features include the brightly-lit marble bathrooms, themed rooms (more on that below) and ridiculously comfortable beds.
The Tamburlaine Hotel Luxurious Marble Shower
UK Cambridge Hotel Luxurious White Marble Bathroom
Roberts Revival DAB Black Radio
Dulwich Belgravia Medium Jewellery Box
Case - Dulwich Designs Belgravia Jewellery Box
T H E   G A R D E N   R O O M

Recognise the nature-inspired interior design?  The Garden Room is described as having a 'genteel grandeur' and is covered with ornate Victorian wallpaper, silk velvet sofas and gold fittings.  If calm, fresh and minimal spaces tick all the right boxes for you, I'd imagine this would also quickly become a fave place of yours.  Anyone for afternoon tea?  One of my favourite features of any hotel, is when a continuous and yet somehow changing theme runs throughout.  In this case, it's a consistent old school glamour vibe, that moves through different design schemes.  My suggestion?  Take yourself up to the first floor and work through some emails from the comfort of the library - it's like sitting in a Ralph Lauren store.

Psst!  Take a closer look at The Garden Room via The Importance Of Discovering Your Aesthetic (speaking of which, loving the feedback - it's been so interesting reading your thoughts with regard to aesthetic!)
The Tamburlaine Hotel Garden Room

 T H E   R I V E R   C A M

Seeing The River Cam has to be at the top of your list when visiting Cambridge.  Thankfully, it's fairly impossible to miss as it's accessible from so many different routes via the city.  Punts can be seen gliding down the river, filled with smiling tourists and students. Considering how special the river is on a cold and rainy October afternoon, I can only imagine how lovely the experience must be on a summer's day!  Also, make sure you locate the Bridge of Sighs before leaving Cambridge - unlike someone who totally forgot.....
River Cam Punting in Cambridge
Cambridge Luxury Travel Blog Post

 T H E   F I T Z W I L L I A M   M U S E U M

If spending hours upon hours admiring architecture is your thing, it's a good job you're considering visiting Cambridge, because the city is filled with incredible design.  My advice?  Make your first exploration be The Fitzwilliam Museum.  Should you be venturing from the station (and/or The Tamburlaine Hotel), the museum is a fair trek away (uh, in heels).  However, your journey can be made all the sweeter by heading via the Botanical Gardens - the small entrance fee is more than worth it.

Psst!  Take a closer look at The Fitzwilliam Museum's structure via a recent Architectural Focus.   
Cambridge The Fitzwilliam Museum Travel Blogger

C A M B R I D G E   U N I V E R S I T Y   B O T A N I C A L   G A R D E N S

Well, I very much doubt this feature will come as a surprise to you - pretty confident we've now established my love for glasshouses is bordering on obsession!  My visit to the gardens was a fleeting one, sadly.  Though I absolutely plan on returning next summer to enjoy the 40 acres at length.  In the meantime, keep an eye out on A Glass Of Ice later in the month for a closer look at this beautifully fresh space!
Cambridge Botanical Gardens 2017

K I N G ' S   C O L L E G E   C H A P E L

I'll admit visiting the university colleges wasn't high on my list of things to do, although King's College Chapel was sitting comfortably at the very top.  We're very fortunate to have such overwhelming structures here in the UK, with this one being one of the most impressive. Vast fan vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows and a history like no other.  A visit to the chapel is both inspiring and educational - not to be missed! 

Note: the above images of The River Cam were taken out the back of King's College Chapel.  So, if you're short on time, this could be a fabulous way of combining two of the city's main sites.
Cambridge King's College Chapel in Autumn
UK Cambridge King's College Chapel Pews
King's College Chapel Cambridge Organ Pipes

O T H E R   A T T R A C T I O N S 

It's pretty hard to limit Cambridge to just a few attractions, particularly when there are so many museums to explore - though it all depends on how much information you can absorb!  Thankfully, there are plenty of shops (high-street + boutique alike) and cute cafés down narrow lanes offering relief in the form of sweet treats and other snacks.  My favourite find was Benets Cafe, located opposite King's College Chapel and serving up the most delicious desserts, including Nutella and banana crêpes, mmm...

Benets Cafe
21 King's Parade
Cambridge Architecture Travel Blogger
UK Cambridge Travel Blog Chapels
Things to see and do in Cambridge travel blog
Nutella Crepe at Benets Cafe Cambridge

B E F O R E   Y O U   G O

You've got some time to kill before heading back to the station, you're content but tired and needing a boost to avoid falling asleep on someone's shoulder on the train.  Back to The Tamburlaine Hotel!  Their horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar offers a glamorous end to a stay in the form of refreshments and friendly conversation.  The bartender put together a Hepburn (though don't hold me to that, it may have been a Sophia? Audrey? Loren?), a fresh and beautifully-presented drink and continued to explain how the O'Callaghan Hotel Group had spent over £50 million on the new-build hotel.  One thing is for sure, you can absolutely tell.  Flawless experience, from beginning to end!
The Tamburlaine Hotel Horseshoe Shaped Cocktail Bar
Hotel Cocktail Bars in Cambridge
The Tamburlaine Luxury Hotel Bar in Cambridge
The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge Luxury Bar Drinks
Luxury Travel Blogger The Tamburlaine Hotel Review
I absolutely adore putting together travel diaries and this one in particular was fun to create thanks to the mass of photo opportunities Cambridge offers!  Really looking forward to reading your thoughts on both the university city and The Tamburlaine Hotel.  Have you ever visited Cambridge before?  And if not, would you consider any of the places mentioned above?!

The Tamburlaine Hotel
27-29 Station Rd

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. & it’s so freakin’ instagrammable! How dreamy is that bathroom?? Looks like such a wonderful stay! I’d love to check out those botanical gardens too! Definitely no surprise to find you there! haha

    TFM Life & Style blog

  2. This place looks amazing!! Especially love the garden room! Xx Susanne -

  3. i love the muted feel of the photos!!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎

  4. Cambridge immediately made ist way on top of my to-visit list. And though agree the river must be beautiful in summer, I feel like I would prefer the whole town on a grey autumn afternoon. For the flair.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  5. Oh, such a luxurious place. You deserve to be there. You're so royal like a princess.

  6. Thanks for sharing this post! This place looks amazing. :)

    Shoot for the stars

  7. Wow all of your photos are so pretty!! Looks like so much fun girly!



  8. Beautiful photo's and the boats look so fun!

    Marije |

  9. Wow! I never thought about going to Cambridge but now.... I’m having a change of heart! Beautiful photos!


  10. the hotel and the place looks fantastic <3 I love living vicariously through your photos :)

  11. What a gorgeous looking hotel! I really like the marble bathroom and those pastries look amazing!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  12. what a wonderful place for a weekend out!
    kisses from Spain,

  13. This totally makes me want to plan a trip! The hotel is gorgeous!

    District of Chic

  14. I haven't visited Cambridge before, but its definitely on my list of cities to visit in the UK. Thank you for this guide. Helps a lot and amazing shots as always.

  15. Oh the hotel looks so so dreamy! So so many gorgeous details, and love that bathroom. Also, Cambridge looks so lovely, have to visit one day! Xx

  16. This hotel looks stunning, as do you! Love your photos.

    Corinne x

  17. How picturesque! The interiors look lovely, and that architecture! I only wish we had buildings half as grand and beautiful here. If I ever make my way to Cambridge, I'll keep this guide in mind!

  18. The interior of the hotel is Stunning that marble toilet is dreamy! I would love to have a toilet like that haha! And you look absolutely gorgeous <3! I haven't been on your blog in a while! I've missed your posts Gabrielle! You look stunning :) xoxo

    Serene ||

  19. I love reading your travel dairies! Cambridge is such a beautiful place to visit and The Tamburlaine Hotel looks gorgeous! The interior decor is lovely, so luxurious and really like the feel of the place, that luxurious marble bathroom is so glam, I can imagine spending quite a while pampering in there that's for sure!

    I think it's great that the bartender took the time out to spend time talking about the history of the place, really like it when people take the time out to talk with you during a staycon.

    Looks like you had a terrific time, and I must say you look beautiful in the bathroom mirror shot :)

    Lots of love,

    Laura xo

  20. Wow! I love it so much! The marble bathroom totally got me. Ohhh and this delicious breakfast is totally calling my name.
    Hope you're having a great day!

  21. I always try to visit a museum wherever I go. I feel like a trip will not be complete if I don't visit one.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  22. This is such a gorgeous hotel, I love the marble bathroom. Cambridge is a lovely place to explore

  23. The marble details on the bathroom look so nice and it looks like you had a great staycation too.
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  24. Oh wow, that marble bathroom! I've never seen a hotel like this, what a beautiful place to stay! Much nicer than the place we stayed in last weekend, for sure, haha! So many beautiful sights to see around the area too.

    Hope you are having a lovely week and your weather is better than ours, haha! Cold and rainy here in Brisbane.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  25. Oh wow look at all that marble and a hotel with a garden room sounds like the best! I'm surprised you've not been to Cambridge before, I feel like the whole city really suits you (if that makes sense!)
    Amy xx

  26. Living relatively nearby I've never stayed in Cambridge but it's a gorgeous hotel. I love The Fitzwilliam Museum, it's under rated imo.

  27. Oh my goodness that hotel is the absolute DREAM, no?! That bathroom is so, so beautiful! Ben and I stayed in a hotel in London before that had a marble bathroom and it gave me ALL of the interior goals! P.s I can't believe I've never been to Cambridge! I've always heard such amazing things so need to visit!

    Hayley xo

  28. Such magnificence. This is so beautiful. I'm so jealous right now. My kind of appeal, from deco to view. Glad you had fun and once again the aesthetics are just 100

  29. What a beautiful hotel! Cambridge is such a beautiful place. Gemma x

  30. Such a great travel guide!! All the places look so pretty! And the hotel seems to be the perfect place to stay with the marble bathroom! So dreamy!

    Thanks for sharing!


    Seize your Style

  31. Okay, I suddenly want to go to Cambridge :D

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  32. Cambridge looks perfectly charming this time of year and it's really easy to see why the Tamburlaine was high on your travel wishlist Gabrielle! That bed is just so cozy and inviting and how gorgeous is that bathroom!

  33. woow so amazing photos <3 youre so beautiful <3 - i invite <3

  34. Love the look of the hotel you stayed at! Beautiful photography as always - all of the food looks delicious! Cambridge looks so lovely at this time of year.

    Heather xx

  35. Thanks for sharing all theses amazing spots !
    The architecture details are amazing on the college building.
    I would love to go near this bridge in summer and relax in a boat like this.

  36. Wow, Cambridge seems a very pretty place to visit in this period of the year!
    Your photos are very beautiful, as usual, that Hotel looks so stylish and classy!

  37. This place looks amazing :)

  38. This is making me want to visit cambridge! What a stunning hotel xx

  39. Wow, I can see why this hotel is considered the most Instagrammable in the is gorgeous! Also I'm loving all these photos of Cambridge! They definitely make me want to visit someday! Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!

  40. WOW what an incredible location, the marble! AAAH its lovely!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  41. Cambridge certainly has beautiful grounds. I've not been to the Tambourlaine but have heard nothing but good things--now, I must put this on my list. I typically enjoy museums whilst travelling even for work. You've captured Cambridge so marvellously. Take care, Gabrielle.
    Madison xx

  42. You seriously aren't bias at all Gabrielle as I have total heart eyes over this hotel too! So much marble- I want a marble bathroom like this :) That garden room is spectacular too.

    Rachel ❤

  43. Looks like a fantastic stay! Love your shots of the architecture, such a beautiful location!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  44. Stunning photos. I love Cambridge. Yes, I visited it many years ago while living in London and it was an unforgettable place to visit. I did not stay at this beautiful and stylish hotel so I guess I have to go back and visit it again. I am in love with it. Thanks for the beautiful post. xoxo Cris

  45. Your blog has always the best photos :) I would love to visit these places x


  46. Tamburlaine Hotel looks so pretty - would love to stay there. I have visited friends in Cambridge years ago but after looking through your photos decided that I need to revisit! Once again in love with your amazing photos!

    Miriam x

  47. I've been to Cambridge but it was years ago so I can't remember where we visited. That hotel looks exactly like the kind of place I like to stay and it looks like Cambridge is such a pretty place to visit x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  48. That marble bathroom though...goals! When I travel to UK, I will definitely re-read all of your wonderful posts to know where to stay/what to do. Thanks for sharing xx

    Naya //

  49. Oh wow, this place looks AMAZING!!!! I could LIVE there!!! *starts dreaming* -

  50. Your hair looks amazing in these pictures and how gorgeous is that marble! :)

  51. What a gorgeous hotel! I love the marble tiles on the bathroom! GOALS!!

    Jessica |

  52. Cambridge is so beautiful! The hotel looks amazing and I love your photos! :) xx

  53. The marble in the hotel is absolutely gorgeous. Love the pink sofa and pastries :)

  54. Cambridge looks beautiful and as usual I'm really loving your muted photos!!!

  55. I adore classy hotels like these, dear! xoxo

  56. University cities must have something in common because Cambridge reminds me so much of Oxford, it's got that same Harry Potter'esque vibe to it! I had no idea there was a Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge as well? I always thought the only one was the one in Venice!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  57. That place looks amazing, I've never considered Cambridge as a destination before. Thanks!


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